High Holidays

Learn the basics about the Jewish new year and the day of atonement.

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sunday, September 9, 2018 and ends on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 and ends on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

The High Holidays begin on the first day of the Jewish calendar and include two of the most important Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Rosh Hashanah isn’t only the Jewish New Year, it’s also known as the Day of Judgement. This is when G-d remembers and judges all human deeds and when you ask G-d to inscribe you in the symbolic “book of life.” Yom Kippur is the holiday is the final day where you can ask for forgiveness before G-d seals the book of life and death. The day requires you to have total focus on this task by abstaining from everyday activities such as not eating, not working and not bathing. Explore our resources to learn more about the Jewish rituals of the High Holidays.

What is Rosh Hashanah?

A basic primer on what Rosh Hashanah is, for everyone. This video explains what the holiday is about, how different communities celebrate it, what the special foods and traditions are, and the spiritual connection. A great intro for Jews and non-Jews alike – share with your curious coworker or family member.

Written by Rabbi Mark Melamut of Congregation B’nai Emunah in San Francisco, and shared by the irrepressible Jason Mesches, actor, musician and nice Jewish boy.

Shana tova! Happy New Year! Have a beautiful, inspiring Rosh Hashana!

Rosh Hashanah: Shofar Callin’

By Reuben 'Prodezra' Formey

Shofar Callin’ connects the story Jews read on Rosh Hashanah, the Binding of Isaac, with the ritual blowing of the Shofar, or ram’s horn.

What’s the connection? Find out how the Jewish New Year is WAY more than just a day to spend in synagogue, and how the call of the Shofar can be spiritually meaningful in your daily life. Written and delivered in hard-hitting rhyme by rising Savannah hip hop artist Prodezra Beats.

Also watch our Rosh Hashanah 101 video for more information about the Jewish new year.

This video includes the Akedah story from Parshat Vayera and has great relevance during the whole year for those learning about Abraham, Isaac and the book of Bereshit (Genesis).

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Rosh Hashanah Lyrics

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Rosh Hashanah Source Sheet

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G-dcast Shofar Callin MP3

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Rosh Hashana Lesson Guide

Rosh Hashanah Blessings Over Apples

The cast of Shaboom! visited a real life preschool class to teach kids about the Jewish tradition of blessing apples and honey for a sweet new year.  Learn how to say the Hebrew blessings for Rosh Hashanah with the Plonys in this short, adorable, sweet video.  Shana tova!

Now, learn to sing Dip the Apples, another fun holiday song!

Dip the Apple Song

A great Rosh Hashanah song for kids is “Dip the Apple in the Honey” – it’s easy to learn and really fun for children to sing while they celebrate the sweet Jewish New Year by dunking apples in honey.

Join the cast of Shaboom! for a singalong your kids – and you – will love. Next up – learn the blessing over apples from our adorable preschool Rosh Hashanah blessing video.

What is Yom Kippur? An introduction

The Day of Atonement is the most holy day of the Jewish year and it is full of spiritual opportunity if you open yourself up to its customs, prayers and melodies. This short video is a basic primer on what Yom Kippur is, for everyone. It explains what the holiday is about, where it comes from, what to expect at a service and how to break the fast! A great intro for Jews and non-Jews alike – share with your curious coworker or family member.

The Book of Jonah

By Josh Nelson

Yom Kippur is an amazing opportunity to change, grow and connect.

Just ask Jonah, the hero of the Yom Kippur afternoon haftarah. Check in with Jonah and the whale (okay, fish) and learn how Yom Kippur connects us to God, to our communities, and to our true selves.

To learn the basics of Yom Kippur, watch our Judaism 101 video.

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Yom Kippur Source Sheet

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Overboard Lyrics

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Overboard MP3

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Yom Kippur Lesson Guide

Blessing the Apples

For Rosh Hashanah: Wake Up World

a Rosh Hashanah story app that turns your phone into a shofar you can really blow
Featuring narrator Randi Zuckerberg

Wake up World appFor iOS and Android

For Yom Kippur: eScapegoat

A web app to help you atone. Like in Bible Times, only nerdier.

eScapegoat

For Yom Kippur: Jonah Run

An infinite runner game about the Book of Jonah.

Jonah Run

For iOS and Android

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