High Holidays 2021/5782

You are Invited
To the 2021/5782 High Holiday Services


Meditation Session.

Open to the Public. Free of Charge.

This year, we will once again offer virtual High Holiday services and programming.
Our services are open to all and free of charge, and will be shown on YouTube.
CHJ members will automatically receive links to High Holiday services during the week of the event. Guests must register on the form below to receive the links.

Rosh Hashanah service on YouTube: Monday, September 6 at 7:30. Download the service booklet to follow along.
A  Zoom Oneg for members only will follow the service at 8:45. The Zoom link will be sent to members a week in advance. 

Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre service on YouTube: Wednesday, September 15 at 7:30. Download the service booklet to follow along.

Meditation on Zoom: Thursday, September 16 at 4:15. Doors open at 4:00 pm. This event is open to the public. Members and Guests are requested to register for the Meditation on the form below.

Yom Kippur Memorial & Closing service on YouTube: Thursday, September 16 at 5:00 pm. Download the service booklet to follow along.

Extra:  Cooking for the Break-fast with CHJ’s Chef Taegun on Zoom:  Sunday, September 12 at 3:00 pm.  
View recipes here.
Here’s the link to the recording  for all who couldn’t attend in person.




High Holiday donations

CHJ gratefully accepts High Holiday contributions to help defray expenses. Donations may be made online here (please indicate High Holiday donation) or by check made payable to CHJ and sent to CHJ, P.O. Box 82, Westport, CT 06881.

Above, members cast off their sins at a rainy Taschlich ceremony pre-pandemic.
Below, children participate in the Rosh Hashanah ritual. We look forward to the next virus-free year!


Guests interested in learning more about CHJ membership or wishing to join CHJ will find related information by clicking here. Address inquiries to membership@humanisticjews.org.

Rosh Hashanah With Jews everywhere, the Congregation gathers  together to celebrate the significance of Rosh Hashanah, “The Head of the Year.” This first day of the month of Tishri begins a ten-day period of reflection, introspection, and renewal, starting with Rosh Hashanah and culminating with Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur, the most solemn holiday in the Jewish calendar, is associated with services that many Jews consider traditional and longstanding. Yet Yom Kippur observances have evolved over the centuries in fascinating ways. For our congregation, Yom Kippur concludes the period of self-reflection begun on Rosh Hashanah. In the Evening Service, the moving strains of the Kol Nidre melody,chj-rochelle-rsz performed on cello and piano, invite us to reflect on our values and commitments, both as individuals and Yom Kippur cellistas a community. Throughout this evening service,  music, readings, and rituals strike a balance between our connections to the broad stream of Judaism and our secular humanistic view of Jewish culture and customs.

On Yom Kippur Day, a Meditation, led by Gail Ostrow, will be followed by a Memorial and Closing Service.  We hope everyone will prepare their own  Break-Fast the next day, especially after watching Chef Taegun’s Break-Fast cooking class!

These services and programs are open to the public at no charge.

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