The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) welcomes members and guests to our annual—and this year, virtual—High Holiday programs. Our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will be shown on YouTube, and our live Meditation session can be joined via Zoom. As always, our programs are open to the public and free of charge.
Rosh Hashanah evening service: Friday, September 18 at 7:30 pm.
Download the CHJ Rosh Hashanah booklet to follow along.
Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre service: Sunday, September 27 at 7:30pm
Download the CHJ Kol Nidre booklet to follow along.
Zoom Meditation session: Monday, September 28 at 4:15pm (Limited to first 100 who sign up.)
Memorial and Closing Service: Monday, September 28 at 5:00pm
Download the CHJ Memorial booklet to follow along.
CHJ members will automatically receive links to High Holiday services during the week of the event. Members who wish to attend the Zoom Meditation session can sign up by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above, members cast off their sins at a rainy Taschlich ceremony.
Below, children participate in the Rosh Hashanah ritual.
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, performed on cello and piano, invite us to reflect on our values and commitments, both as individuals and as 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 on this most unusual Yom Kippur day.
These services and programs are open to the public at no charge.