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High Holidays

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Reflect and renew. The High Holidays of Elul, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time of reflection and introspection as one year comes to an end and another begins.

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The last month of the Hebrew calendar, Elul offers us a chance to look back and review the passing year while making new commitments and resolutions for the year to come.

Elul begins at sunset, August 9 // Observed September 6, 2021 

After this month of introspection, Rosh HaShanah – “the head of the year” or “the beginning of change” – is the first day to try out being the person we truly with to be. With greater effort, awareness, and recommitting ourselves to repairing the world, we are told, we can celebrate the hope and possibility of a new year with clean slate. This process is known as “doing teshuvah,” turning toward the best possible version of ourselves.

Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset, September 25 // Observed September 26 – 27, 2022

Yom Kippur, “the day of atonement” signals the finale of this reflection process with one final push toward reconciliation and release from feeling as though we have missed the mark. The goal is to make thoughtful resolutions that lead us to be better people.

Yom Kippur begins at sunset, October 4 // Observed October 5, 2021

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Celebrate the High Holidays

Ready to go deep? Cast away your missed moments and regrets from the year with Tashlich or download a digital copy of our Reflect & Renew Journal for Positive Change filled with thought-provoking questions to guide you on the path to self-improvement (along with lots of other fun to-dos for a better you!).

No holidays, especially High Holidays are complete without music! Celebrate the sounds of a new year with our curated Spotify playist.

Shofar Shout-Out

While we wish you could all be in the building to hear the sounds of the shofar echoing through our Atrium, that’s not going to stop us from celebrating Elul! We’re blowing the shofar from afar all month long as Jhos and Batshir welcome a special guest each week. Check-in each Monday to see who’s having a blast as we prepare for the new year!

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