What will this year’s High Holidays look and feel like when we may not be able to safely gather in our synagogues, enjoy large family Rosh Hashanah dinner, or break the fast with friends?

Federation has collaborated with community partners to compile this inspiring and informative collection of videos, supplemental resources, and mostly on-line services to help you make the upcoming holidays uniquely meaningful for your family.
 
An * indicates the video is child-friendly.

About This Page

Dov Ben-Shimon, Federation CEO

Selichot: Midnight Prayer

Rabbi Ari Isenberg, Congregation B’nai Israel, Millburn

Home as a Sacred Space

Danny Mishkin, Co-Director, Sababa Beachaway

Holiday Tablescapes

Daniella Hoffer, Federation NextDor Ambassador

Mitzvah Project*

Laila Kirstein, Federation JTEEN Volunteer

Holiday Wish From Israel

Federation’s Global Connections Israel Staff

Holocaust Reflections

Norbert Bikales, Holocaust Survivor, Livingston

Baking Apple Cake

Hannah LaFargue, Supervisor, Camp Harlam

Birthday of the World*

Rabbi Laurence Groffman, Temple Shalom of West Essex, Cedar Grove

The Story of Creation

Robert Lichtman, Federation’s Chief Jewish Learning Officer

Shofar: Wordless Liturgy

Rabbi Menashe East, Mount Freedom Jewish Center, Randolph

Shofar Song*

Rabbi/Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak, Temple Shalom, Succasunna

Why a Round Challah?

Rabbi Geoffrey Spector, Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston

Why We Eat Apples & Honey

Rabbi Ethan Prosnit, Rabbi Victor Appell and Cantor Anna Ott, Temple Emanu-El, Westfield

Meaning in Holiday Foods*

Rabbi Pesach Stadlin, Eden Village Camp from Israel

The Pomegranate

Rabbi Ari Lucas, Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell

The Ritual of Tashlich

Rabbi Rachel Marder, Congregation Beth El, South Orange

PJ Library Book Read*

Jackie and Jesse and Joni and Jae
Maxine Murnick, Greater MetroWest PJ Library Benefactor

Fasting

Rabbi Stephanie Dickstein, Federation Chaplain

Dressing in White

Clergy Daniel Cohen, Alexandra Klein, and Rebecca Moses, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, S. Orange

Embodying our Judaism

Cantor Melanie Blatt and Rabbi Cecelia Beyer, Camp Zeke

Challenge of Forgiveness

Rabbi Marc Katz, Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield

PJ Library Book Read*

The Hardest Word
David Saginaw, Federation President

Jonah and the Whale

Rabbi Leah Sternberg, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills

PJ Library Book Read*

Oh No, Jonah!
Cantor Anna Berman, Temple Har Shalom, Warren

Positive Confessions

Cantor Shana Onigman, Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael, Morristown

Racial Justice

Rabbi Robert Green, Congregation B’nai Israel, Basking Ridge

Breaking the Fast at Home

Rabbanit Jennifer Geretz, Federation Chaplain

High Holiday Services

Greater MetroWest is blessed with 80+ synagogues! They are working hard to offer meaningful and safe spiritual offerings for this unusual High Holiday season. You can find them all here or for assistance contact Sarah Segal, Director of Synagogue Initiatives, at ssegal@jfedgmw.org.

Click here to view the synagogues that have informed us that some or all of their High Holiday services are open to non-members. Please contact the individuals listed for details.

Online High Holiday Resources


For Interfaith Families

JewBelong
For when you feel you don’t

18 Doors
Shaping new access points to Judaism


From the Movements

Rejoicing at Home with Fuchsberg Conservative Yeshiva

Orthodox Union Resources for the Holidays

Reconstructing Judaism Resources for the Holidays

Union for Reform Judaism Reflection Project


For Children

High Holiday Family Guide
by PJ Library

Camp-inspired Rosh Hashanah Activity Booklet
One Happy Camper and Foundation for Jewish Camp

Holiday Resources for Children with disabilities
Gateways High Holiday Visual Materials
Matan High Holiday Visual Materials


Other Resources

Spiritual Holiday Preparation
by The Institute for Jewish Spirituality in partnership with many denominations.

Essays and Audio Teachings by Jewish scholars
by Hadar, an institute for egalitarian Jewish text study

Background on the High Holidays
by My Jewish Learning

Online Live Holiday Experiences
by My Jewish Learning

Israeli Perspectives on the High Holidays
by theicenter.org

The Rosh Hashanah Greeting Card Tradition
from the National Library in Israel.