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High Holidays

High Holidays

Participate in one of our renowned, interactive High Holiday Beginners Service programs or workshops this holiday season.  We’ll help you host a program with our comprehensive materials and videos or find one to attend.

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Rosh Hoshana

The Jewish New Year starts with a celebration of the very creation of the world and a recognition of humankind’s relationship to the Creator.

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Yom Kippur

The High Holidays culminate with The Day of Atonement.
There is a mysticism in that almost all Jews recognize the holiness of the day.

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Articles

Browse our collection of High Holiday Jewish Treats, filled with interesting stories and articles about Jewish histories and traditions.

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Happy 5781 From NJOP

Happy 5781 From NJOP

May this Year Usher in the Dawn of Peace and Tranquility

“Kee hinei ka’chomer b’yad ha’yotzer, like the clay in the hand of the potter…”

These are the words that echo on the night of Yom Kippur as part of the stirring liturgy. Notwithstanding all of the trials and tribulations that swirl around us at this time, we still sense, from a place deep inside of us, that it is the Al-mighty to whom we must turn to for our salvation. He is always there, patiently awaiting our repentance, our return.

With the tragic onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all realize that this last year has been unlike any in memory. No community has escaped unscathed. Virtually every business, including NJOP, has been severely challenged during these trying times. Hopefully, we have learned to approach life with greater humility, with a clearer appreciation that it is not we who are in control, but, rather, the Al-mighty.

That is not to say that we are powerless. To the contrary, we have each been blessed with the freedom to choose and the freedom to grow. It is this freedom and inner creativity that has allowed NJOP to flourish over the past 32, almost 33, years.

As a result, NJOP has received a constant flow of wonderful and uplifting feedback, letting us know how our NJOP programs have given people the opportunity to grow Jewishly.

Click here to read our full letter containing the inspirational stories of Jeff R. and Michael P.

You, our dear supporters, have been there for NJOP through thick and thin. Without you, people like Jeff R. and Michael P. might never have found their way back or their way in. Without you, we might never have taught 250,000 to read Hebrew and welcomed over 1.1 million to SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA programs.

With your continued partnership and most generous support to help NJOP move forward, we trust that despite these difficult and challenging times, we will together succeed to awaken even more Jews across North America, to inspire them to explore and experience Jewish living and become more actively engaged in Jewish life.

Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year. Shanah Tova.

With best wishes,
Ephraim Z. Buchwald

PS: None of NJOP’s successes would have been possible without your steadfast and exceptionally generous support throughout the years. We trust that you will continue to support NJOP’s vital work going forward.


High Holiday Beginners Service Training Videos

High Holiday Beginners Service

Training Videos

Join Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of NJOP, as he shares his expertise in the following High Holiday Beginners Service Training Videos. In this video series, Rabbi Buchwald describes best practices for running a Rosh Hashana Beginners Service, a Yom Kippur Beginners Service and Abridged Beginners Services for both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Please join us as we learn from this master of Jewish engagement.

The videos are each between 9-12 minutes long and are geared towards anyone seeking to engage fellow Jews on the High Holidays. Whether you are a rabbi, or a lay leader, your observance is traditional or more progressive, you will benefit from these engaging videos.

Beginners Service History

In December 1975, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald created the first Beginners Service at Lincoln Square Synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Five years later, the service was prominently featured in the New York Times. After that massive exposure, the service surged in popularity and became standing-room only. Thousands of searching Jews have gotten their Jewish start at Rabbi Buchwald’s Beginners Service.

To stem the rising tide of assimilation, Rabbi Buchwald founded the National Jewish Outreach Program, now NJOP, in 1987, which has since offered over 1.5 million program experiences to North American Jews. NJOP has helped launch hundreds of Shabbat and High Holiday Beginners Services which have engaged thousands of Jews to reconnect to Jewish life.

Please do not hesitate to contact NJOP if you are interested in running a High Holiday Beginners Service or if you have any questions. There are staff members ready to assist. (646) 871.4444 or [email protected].

These Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Training Videos have been graciously sponsored by the Freyer Family Foundation in memory of Carl Freyer, z”l.

High Holidays

Participate in one of our renowned, interactive High Holiday Beginners Service programs or workshops this holiday season.  We’ll help you host a program with our comprehensive materials and videos or find one to attend.

Learn more

Rosh Hoshana

The Jewish New Year starts with a celebration of the very creation of the world and a recognition of humankind’s relationship to the Creator.

Learn more

Yom Kippur

The High Holidays culminate with The Day of Atonement.
There is a mysticism in that almost all Jews recognize the holiness of the day.

Learn more

Articles

Browse our collection of High Holiday Jewish Treats, filled with interesting stories and articles about Jewish histories and traditions.

Read more

Abridged Beginners Services

Abridged

High Holiday Beginners Service

A brief and dynamic program designed to appeal to, and inspire, those who may not have attended a High Holiday Service in some time. This brief program enables participants to appreciate the majesty and beauty of the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services, all in a relaxed atmosphere where questions are always welcome.

Marginally affiliated Jews, let alone unaffiliated Jews, are always very candid and specific when we ask them why they choose to ignore High Holiday services – even those offered by their own synagogue:

“The services are too long.”
“I’m in the dark about what it all means.”
“It’s too expensive.”
“Am I supposed to benefit from it?”
“Frankly, it’s boring.”

So how are we going to compete for their time?
Answer: Explain the significance of the High Holidays. Shorten the service. Make their personal benefits clear to them. Charge a nominal fee – if at all.
The best way to do all that: Use NJOP’s High Holidays Abridged Beginners Services. They’re concise, dynamic services that embody the meaning of the High Holidays – demonstrating how the holidays are a time for an individual to reflect, realize and resolve; to take steps to actually achieve their full potential as a person,family member and community member.

Put some grandeur into the High Holidays:
This is the anniversary of mankind’s creation. They’ll get a kick out of knowing just what birthday it is. Let them know that the High Holidays mark the creation of the earth and the universe, that these are truly cosmic days, not merely a New Year’s celebration with a fast and a ram’s horn thrown in.
NJOP’S High Holiday Beginners Abridged Services service has a marketing invitation.
It’s designed to put people in synagogue seats – your synagogue’s seats!

Sample Materials

Abridged HHBS Sample Leader
Abridged HHBS Sample Participant

Training Video

Get our recommmended best practices for running your Abridged High Holiday Beginners Service

High Holidays

Participate in one of our renowned, interactive High Holiday Beginners Service programs or workshops this holiday season.  We’ll help you host a program with our comprehensive materials and videos or find one to attend.

Learn more

Rosh Hoshana

The Jewish New Year starts with a celebration of the very creation of the world and a recognition of humankind’s relationship to the Creator.

Learn more

Yom Kippur

The High Holidays culminate with The Day of Atonement.
There is a mysticism in that almost all Jews recognize the holiness of the day.

Learn more

Articles

Browse our collection of High Holiday Jewish Treats, filled with interesting stories and articles about Jewish histories and traditions.

Read more

High Holiday Beginner Service

COVID-19 | Program Status

Out of an abundance of caution due to the spread of the Coronavirus and heeding the recommendation of medical professionals to forgo large gatherings for the time being, NJOP will not be going forward with our High Holiday Beginners Service program this year. We hope to reinstate the initiative in future years. We pray for the speedy and complete recovery of all those who have contracted the virus and the safety of all others.

Thank you for your understanding.

Looking for something different for this year’s High Holidays?

If you are one of thousands of Jews around the country who are curious but wary or hesitant about High Holiday services, NJOP invites you to start here.

Below we have listed locations that are offering dynamic and accessible services, where an attendee can be comfortable, no matter their background. Use the map on this page to see if a High Holiday Beginners Service is taking place in your community, we hope you will consider attending this year.

Best wishes for a happy and sweet New Year!

High Holidays 2020

Rosh Hashana September 19 - 20

(Begins at sundown on September 18th)

Rosh Hashana, known as the Jewish New Year, is the day on which the Jewish people declare God as King. It is also known as the Day of Judgement and starts a period of ten days during which it is customary to engage in a process of teshuva (repentance) in which a person acknowledges past wrongdoings and works to resolve them.

Yom Kippur September 28

(Begins with Kol Nidre at sundown on Octobrer 27th)

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the last day of the Ten Days of Teshuva. A full fast day, Yom Kippur is the day on which the Jewish people as a whole and as individuals atone for their transgressions and ask God that their teshuva be accepted.

For additional resources and to learn more about the holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, please visit high-holidays

We're sorry, no locations are available for the High Holiday Beginners Service this year, we hope you'll join us next year.

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Yom Kippur

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Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement begins at sunset.  There is a mysticism in that almost all Jews recognize the holiness of the day.

The Sabbath of Sabbaths

The tenth day of the seventh month (Tishrei), Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins at sunset on the previous day. There is something mystical about Yom Kippur in that almost all Jews recognize the holiness of the day: On Yom Kippur, G-d graces the world with amnesty – all one needs to do is to come and ask for it.

When we spend the day talking with G-d, we are discussing, privately, all the things for which we need such amnesty, thereby cleansing ourselves and helping us recognize how we can improve our lives. In fact, the holiday is structured for us to build towards this connection with our inner-selves and with G-d.

High Holiday Videos

High Holiday 101

Web Series

These High Holiday videos are each between 9-12 minutes long and are geared towards anyone seeking to engage fellow Jews on the High Holidays. Whether you are a rabbi, or a lay leader, your observance is traditional or more progressive, you will benefit from these engaging videos.

View The Series

High Holiday Programs

Join or partner with us in one of our renowned High Holiday programs.

High Holiday Prayer Workshop

The High Holiday Prayer Workshop (HHPW) is designed for those who seek meaning in a service they find difficult to relate to and hard to understand. Based on the Abridged Beginners Service, the Prayer Workshop…

COVID-19 | Program Status

Out of an abundance of caution due to the spread of the Coronavirus and heeding the recommendation of medical professionals to forgo large gatherings for the time being, NJOP will not be going forward with our High Holiday Beginners Service programs this year. We hope to reinstate the initiative in future years. We pray for the speedy and complete recovery of all those who have contracted the virus and the safety of all others.

Thank you for your understanding.

High Holiday Beginners Service

Looking for something different for this year’s High Holidays? If you are one of thousands of Jews around the country who are curious but wary or hesitant about High Holiday services, NJOP invites you to start here…

Abridged High Holiday Beginners Service

A brief and dynamic program designed to appeal to, and inspire, those who may not have attended a High Holiday Service in some time. This brief program enables participants to appreciate the majesty and beauty of the Rosh Hashana and…

Send us message to have us contact you about running any of our High Holiday programs or call 1-800-44-HEBREW.


Rosh Hashana

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Rosh Hashana

A celebration of the very creation of the world and a recognition of humankind’s relationship to the Creator.

Happy New Year!

Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is much more than the celebration of another year’s passing. Rosh Hashana is, after all, a celebration of the very creation of the world and a recognition of humankind’s relationship to the Creator.

Fundamental to Judaism is the belief in an active G-d who is involved in our lives like a caring parent. G-d responds to our needs, but, at the same time, G-d also watches us and assesses our actions.

On Rosh Hashana, G-d metaphorically closes out the year by reviewing the records of each person’s actions, judging each person’s merits and faults, and setting a verdict for the quality of each person’s year to come. Rosh Hashana is a day of judgment, we Jews therefore use the holiday to reconnect with G-d and to reassess our own lives.

Complete Guide to Rosh Hashana

NJOP and our social media brand Jewish Treats are excited to introduce our Jewish Treats Complete Guide to Rosh Hashana- your online resource to the Jewish New Year.

Jewish Treats Complete Guide to Rosh Hashana eBook is designed to engage and inspire those who are active in the social media universe. Easily downloadable for even those who are not very computer savvy, NJOP’s eBook makes the customs and traditions associated with Rosh Hashana both accessible and meaningful. This very contemporary guide provides in-depth explanations, delicious recipes and personal inspirational thoughts and experiences associated with Rosh Hashana. Jewish Treats Complete Guide to Rosh Hashana eBook is an invaluable tool for all Jews, especially those who may never have experienced the majesty and inspirational nature of Rosh Hashana.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Print the Complete Guide to Rosh Hashana or use the interface on this page to view or download.

High Holiday Videos

High Holiday 101

Web Series

These High Holiday videos are each between 9-12 minutes long and are geared towards anyone seeking to engage fellow Jews on the High Holidays. Whether you are a rabbi, or a lay leader, your observance is traditional or more progressive, you will benefit from these engaging videos.

View The Series

Soul Bigger

(The Rosh Hashana Song)

@JewishTweets wants to know if you’re ready to make your “Soul Bigger” for the High Holidays!

*Featured on NBC’s The Today Show!

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High Holiday Programs

Join or partner with us in one of our renowned High Holiday programs.

High Holiday Prayer Workshop

The High Holiday Prayer Workshop (HHPW) is designed for those who seek meaning in a service they find difficult to relate to and hard to understand. Based on the Abridged Beginners Service, the Prayer Workshop…

COVID-19 | Program Status

Out of an abundance of caution due to the spread of the Coronavirus and heeding the recommendation of medical professionals to forgo large gatherings for the time being, NJOP will not be going forward with our High Holiday Beginners Service programs this year. We hope to reinstate the initiative in future years. We pray for the speedy and complete recovery of all those who have contracted the virus and the safety of all others.

Thank you for your understanding.

High Holiday Beginners Service

Looking for something different for this year’s High Holidays? If you are one of thousands of Jews around the country who are curious but wary or hesitant about High Holiday services, NJOP invites you to start here…

Abridged High Holiday Beginners Service

A brief and dynamic program designed to appeal to, and inspire, those who may not have attended a High Holiday Service in some time. This brief program enables participants to appreciate the majesty and beauty of the Rosh Hashana and…

Send us message to have us contact you about running any of our High Holiday programs or call 1-800-44-HEBREW.