Join Us for the High Holidays!

You are Invited
To the 2020/5781 High Holiday Services


Meditation Session.

Open to the Public. Free of Charge.

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  


Guest registration

  1. Submit an email to indicating:
    1. Your first and last name
    2. Email address
    3. Selection of services and/or Meditation program
    4. Your city/town and state.
  2. You will receive an acknowledgement email that your registration request has been received.
  3. An email with the necessary link(s) will be sent to you during the week of the event.

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.
Below, children participate in the Rosh Hashanah ritual.


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

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 kenandnancyas 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.

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