Shabbat Across America and Canada

The 26th Annual

Shabbat Across America and Canada

is March 4, 2022!

Are you a rabbi or synagogue lay leader who
would like your congregation to take part? Register here.
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Shabbat Across Canada

For those of you north of the border, many Canadian synagogues will be taking part in our Shabbat Across Canada initiative. We hope you can join us!

“Turn an ordinary Friday night into something extraordinary!”

On Friday night, March 4, 2022, hundreds of synagogues across the continent will take part in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews — Shabbat! Everyone is invited… singles, couples, families — all ages.

That’s the magic of Shabbat Across America and Shabbat Across Canada. By participating in this continent-wide event, you will not only have the opportunity to experience Shabbat, but you will be sharing your experience with tens of thousands of Jews across North America.

No matter what your affiliation or which Shabbat Across America or Shabbat Across Canada location you choose to attend, NJOP’s annual Shabbat program will give you a “taste” of Shabbat. Explanatory services, traditional rituals, delicious meals and lively discussions are all important components of the Shabbat experience, as well as the opportunity to spend the evening with like-minded people, friends and family.

Shabbat Across America or Shabbat Across Canada is for every Jew, and those who are unable to go to a registered location can participate in their own homes or in gatherings with friends/family.

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Why Participate in Shabbat Across America and Canada at Home?

Have you experienced the magic of NJOP’s Shabbat Across America and Canada? Have you wanted to participate but couldn’t? Do you love the idea of creating an evening of warm inspiration, simple peace and beautiful tradition?

On one special night, tens of thousands of North American Jews will come together in spiritual unison with Jews across the continent and with thousands of years of tradition. Now is your chance to be counted in this campaign that encourages Jews of all backgrounds to come together and celebrate what unifies us all: The Shabbat.

It’s simple. Host a traditional Friday night Shabbat dinner at your home with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues – anyone who would appreciate a warm Shabbat dinner.

Register here and we’ll help you get started with our Shabbat Across America and Canada at Home Guide, Shabbat blessings and prayers, and a Gourmet Shabbat Recipe Guide including traditional recipes from America’s top chefs like Wolfgang Puck, plus the world’s best chicken soup recipe.

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    In the spirit of Jewish unity, we ask you to consider serving a kosher dinner and observing the beautiful Shabbat traditions.

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    The Spirit of Shabbat

    "More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews."

    -Achad Ha’am

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      The Shabbat Across America and Canada At Home booklet is the perfect guide for the Friday night meal, providing a short explanation and a helpful how-to for each component of the Friday night meal.

      Introductory Guide

      Jewish Treats Complete Guide to Shabbat is the perfect resource on the Day of Rest. This eBook includes a little bit of everything: From how to light the Shabbat candles, the secrets of braided challah, the songs of the Sabbath and much more.

      Detailed Guide

      The Spirituality at Your Fingertips series provides you with a concise, uplifting and meaningful explanation of Shabbat rituals and practice. The guides will help you learn about essential Shabbat practices, enabling you to experience the beauty of Shabbat in your own home.

      Welcoming Shabbat: Shabbat Candle LightingSanctifying Shabbat: Kiddush and Ha'Mo'TzeeEnjoying Shabbat: The Shabbat MealsLeaving Shabbat: Havdalah and Post-Shabbat

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              Dedications in honor of someone important in your life is an excellent means of supporting NJOP’s vital work.  Below are some suggested donation opportunities that NJOP is looking to fulfill.

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              Facilitate the printing of 10,000 copies of a special edition of the mini-Reishith Binah that will include either a selection of High Holiday prayers or the Mourners Kaddish.

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                Welcome to NJOP

                Since NJOP’s founding in 1987, we have partnered with over 5,160* locations in 44* countries to bring free and low cost programming, and positive, joyous Jewish experiences to over 1,710,407* Jews.

                Each Fall we work with locations throughout North America in partnering with us for Read Hebrew America and Canada, our continent-wide Hebrew literacy campaign that takes place after the High Holidays. We have dozens of programming options to be run throughout the year ranging from our flagship campaign Shabbat Across America and Canada, to our acclaimed Crash Courses in Basic Judaism and Jewish History. We also provide materials for both your Shabbat and High Holiday Beginners Service programs. A full list of our programs and classes can be found below, and most are free of charge!

                So look around, and when you are ready, fill out this form to let us know which classes or programs you are interested in participating in and we will help you connect with what you’re looking for.

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                  Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level OneHebrew Reading Crash Course Level TwoOne Day ReviewHebrew Writing Crash CourseShabbat Across America and CanadaCrash Course in Basic JudaismCrash Course in Jewish HistoryShabbat Beginners ServicesHigh Holidays Beginners ServicesHigh Holidays Prayer WorkshopSukkot ProgramsChanukah ProgramsPassover Workshop/Model SederPassover Across America Seder

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                  Community

                  Resources and programs for rabbis, Jewish educators and synagogue representatives

                  Welcome NJOP Partners

                  Since NJOP’s founding in 1987, we have partnered with over 5,160* locations in 44* countries to bring free and low cost programming, and positive, joyous Jewish experiences to over 1,710,407* Jews, many of whom were previously unaffiliated, or marginally affiliated.

                  Each Fall we work with locations throughout North America in partnering with us for Read Hebrew America and Canada, our continent-wide Hebrew literacy campaign that takes place after the High Holidays. We have dozens of programming options to be run throughout the year ranging from our flagship campaign Shabbat Across America and Canada, to our acclaimed Crash Courses in Basic Judaism and Jewish History. We also provide materials for both your Shabbat and High Holiday Beginners Service programs. A full list of our programs and classes can be found below, and most are free of charge!

                  So look around, and when you are ready, fill out this form to let us know which classes or programs you are interested in offering at your location and we’ll have your regional program coordinator contact you to finish the registration process. Remember, the NJOP programming team is here to help every step of the way.

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                    NJOP has three incredible Grant Opportunities to support your organization, synagogue or community.

                    High Holiday Beginners Service

                    The Freyer High Holiday Beginners Service Initiative

                    NJOP Announces $500 Stipends for Synagogues/Jewish Centers Running NJOP’s High Holiday Beginners Service. Thanks to the generosity of Sylvia Freyer and the Freyer Family Foundation, NJOP will be awarding grants of up to $500 each on a first-come-first-served basis to serve as seed money to help launch, promote and facilitate a High Holiday Beginners Service (HHBS).

                    If your synagogue or Jewish organization has not participated in the Freyer High Holiday Beginners Service, we encourage you to apply for the stipend and offer an exciting and dynamic Beginners Service on one or both days of Rosh Hashana and/or on Yom Kippur (Kol Nidrei eve and Yom Kippur day) that will appeal to, and be open to, the broader Jewish community.

                    How to Spend the Stipend

                    The $500 stipend is a reimbursement. In order to receive a check from NJOP, receipts/invoices are required for the exact amount spent (up to $500). This stipend is meant to be used for recruiting and engaging people to attend your High Holiday Beginners Service…

                    Grant Qualifications and Criteria

                    In order for an application to be considered, in addition to the High Holiday Beginners Service, the location must agree to offer an NJOP Hebrew Reading or Writing Course, participate in a conference call with representatives from other qualifying locations, make an effort to conduct a Shabbat Beginners Service and share…

                    The Service's History

                    If executed properly, your synagogue/organization will not only discover how valuable such a service is for its intended audience. By offering this type of programming, it can benefit your synagogue/organization by attracting new members or engaging dormant members…

                    Sukkot Across America

                    There is no question that Sukkot is one of the most joyous and fun-filled holidays found in the Jewish calendar. Unfortunately, many unaffiliated and marginally affiliated Jews in your community have never experienced this joy, since they have never been invited to join the celebration.
                    NJOP would like to invite you to apply to participate in Sukkot Across America. Simply agree to run a free and exciting program in your Sukkah the non-Shabbat days of Chol Hamoed Sukkot, that will appeal to the wider Jewish community. If your application is accepted, NJOP will offer you up to $500 towards promotional expenses.  Up to eighty locations will be selected.

                    The goal of Sukkot Across America is to have synagogues, Jewish centers and outreach programs across the country open their sukkot to the general Jewish community and, hopefully, inspire the visitors to become more engaged in Jewish life. At each of these specially chosen sukkah locations, participants will be invited to shake a lulav and etrog, enjoy some refreshments and perhaps some music and rejoice on this happiest of Jewish holidays.

                    How to Spend the Stipend

                    The $500 stipend can only be used to promote or enhance your Sukkot program and/or to enable you to reach more people who may not otherwise experience the festival of Sukkot. NJOP wants you to upgrade your program or augment your advertising with the stipend…

                    Grant Qualifications and Criteria

                    In order for an application to be considered, in addition to Sukkot Across America, the location must agree to offer an NJOP Hebrew Reading or Writing Course, provide post-event report and share…

                    If you have any questions, please contact NJOP’s Assistant Director Larry Greenman at 646-871-0113 or [email protected].

                    Passover Across America

                    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, this year NJOP will not be going forward with our sponsorship of Passover Across America Communal Seders. We hope to reinstate the grant 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.

                    Run an explanatory Communal Outreach Passover Seder open to all Jews on the first and/or second night of passover to qualify for our grant. The goal of the program is to enable Jewish organizations and synagogues to offer a hands-on explanatory seder to Jews of limited religious background, helping participants develop a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, the seder’s customs and rituals.

                    If your application is accepted, NJOP will offer you up to $1,000 toward certain expenses (see below). Up to seventy locations will be selected.

                    How to Spend the Stipend

                    The $1000 stipend can only be used to promote, enhance or increase the reach of your Passover Across America Seder. NJOP wants you to upgrade your seder program or augment your advertising with the stipend. Acceptable ways of using the stipend include: providing subsidies to those who…

                    Grant Qualifications and Criteria

                    In order for an application to be considered, in addition to the High Holiday Beginners Service, the location must agree to offer an NJOP Hebrew Reading or Writing Course, Crash Course in Basic Judaism or a Crash Course in Jewish History. The course you choose should run sometime between…

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                      Holidays

                      Holidays

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                      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.

                      Explore all of our Rosh-Hashana programs, classes, stories, articles, guides and more.
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                      Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins at sunset. There is something mystical about Yom Kippur in that almost all Jews recognize the holiness of the day: On Yom Kippur, God graces the world with amnesty — all one needs to do is to come and ask for it. When we spend the day talking with God, 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…

                      Explore all of our Yom Kippur programs, classes, stories, articles, guides and more.
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                      Each holiday also has its own unique mitzvot. The mitzvot of Sukkot are: Rejoice On Your Holiday; “You shall keep the feast of tabernacles seven days… And you shall rejoice in your feast… and you shall be altogether joyful” (Deuteronomy 16:13-15). To Wave The Four Species; “And you shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of a beautiful tree, the branch of a palm tree, a bough from the myrtle tree, and willows of the stream, and you shall rejoice before your G-d for seven days” (Leviticus 23:40)…

                      Explore all of our Sukkot programs, classes, stories, articles, guides and more.
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                      One small jar of oil… It would take another week for a fresh jar of pure olive oil to be made.  Not wanting to put off the mitzvah, they decided to light the Menorah – and the miracle of Chanukah occurred. Despite the small quantity of oil, THE MENORAH REMAINED LIT FOR THE ENTIRE EIGHT DAYS…

                      Explore all of our Chanukah programs, classes, stories, articles, guides and more.

                      Unlike the festive meals of Shabbat, Rosh Hashana, Passover, Sukkot or Shavuot, the Purim seuda (as a feast is called in Hebrew) is in commemoration of an actual feast that took place in the time of Esther. In fact, the Purim story contains numerous important feasts…

                      Explore all of our Purim programs, classes, stories, articles, guides and more.
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                      Passover celebrates G-d’s taking the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt and bringing them to the Promised Land.  The children of Israel’s trek down to Egypt actually begins with their forefather, Abraham. Abraham was the first person to acknowledge a purely monotheistic G-d. As a consequence, G-d promises to make his descendants into a great nation…

                      Explore all of our Passover programs, classes, stories, articles, guides and more.
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                      Shavuot, Festival of Weeks – Shavuot is the only holiday not listed in the Torah by the day and month on which it is to be observed. Rather, the Torah instructed that this festival take place the 49th day after the second day of Passover, the day on which the Omer Sacrifice was offered. The name, therefore, reflects the fact that this holiday occurs seven complete weeks (Shavuot) after Passover.

                      Explore all of our Shavout programs, classes, stories, articles, guides and more.

                      The Seventeenth of Tammuz marks the beginning of a period known as the “Three Weeks.” Exactly 21 days (3 weeks) after the fast day is Tisha b’Av, a full day of mourning over the destruction of both Temples and the other great tragedies throughout history that correspond with the date. More than just a “bridge between two fast days,” the Three Weeks are, historically, a time of continuing tragedy…

                      Explore all of our Tisha b'av programs, classes, stories, articles, guides and more.

                      Other Holidays

                      Learn more about other Jewish holidays, modern holidays, minor fasts and what they mean to our history and our culture.

                      The dates listed here are the day of the holiday, however, Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the holiday (Erev, or “eve of”).


                      Judaism

                      Judaism

                      To enhance the understanding and appreciation of the depth and breadth of Judaism.

                      Essential Judaism

                      Embrace Judaism through the exploration of our Belief in God, Prayer, The Sabbath, Jewish Observance and Sexuality.  NJOP’s Basic Judaism class explores these topics in depth and includes thought-provoking, extra-curricular reading to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the depth and breadth of Judaism.

                      Learn how you are an integral part of Jewish history and be empowered with a working knowledge of who we are, where we came from and where we are going, by participating in NJOP’s exciting History class.

                      Explore Judaism and embrace your heritage with NJOP’s excellent resources and programs.

                      Basic Judaism Videos

                      Crash Course in Basic Judaism Web Series

                      Web Series

                      Watch NJOP’s Crash Course in Basic Judaism Web Series featuring Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Founder and Director of NJOP. In these video lectures, you will be provided with a basic knowledge of Judaism from a more relatable, personal standpoint. These videos are also very helpful to lead the members of your community beyond the Judaism they think they know!

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                      Basic Judaism Courses

                      Our Judaism courses establish the basic foundation of Judaism and its history to participants. These courses will inspire participants’ interest in further exploration of their own Jewish experience.

                      Virtual CCBJ & CCJH

                      NJOP has many materials to enable you to easily run our popular courses in Basic Judaism, Jewish History and Hebrew Reading, via Zoom or other virtual learning platforms. Stay connected with your Jewish heritage…

                      Crash Course in Basic Judaism

                      NJOP’s five-part Crash Course in Basic Judaism will expand your knowledge beyond the Judaism you think you know! Free of charge, this special opportunity provides everything that you will need…

                      Crash Course in Jewish History

                      Deepen your roots to your Jewish identity or give your members a sense of Jewish identity by offering NJOP’s Crash Course in Jewish History (CCJH). See how you and others are an integral…

                      Hebrew Reading Crash Courses

                      NJOP has already taught more than 250,000 North American Jews how to read Hebrew through our innovative Hebrew Reading Crash Courses (HRCC). Starting with our Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level I…

                      Send us message to have us contact you about running any of our Basic Judaism or Jewish History courses or call 1-800-44-HEBREW.


                      Hebrew

                      Hebrew

                      Brush up on your Hebrew reading skills, learn to read and write Hebrew or simply establish a connection with Jewish communities around the world.

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                      Welcome!

                      Throughout Jewish history, Hebrew has been a connection between Jewish communities around the world. For many modern Jews, learning Hebrew is the first step to reconnecting with their roots.

                      Hebrew Reading and Writing Courses

                      Our Hebrew programs are run nationwide, year round but we run the most classes during the fall as part of our Read Hebrew America and Canada Program

                      Virtual Hebrew Reading / Writing Classes

                      NJOP has many wonderful materials to enable you to easily run our popular courses in Hebrew Reading, Basic Judaism and Jewish History via Zoom or other virtual learning platforms…

                      Hebrew Reading Crash Courses

                      NJOP has already taught more than 250,000 North American Jews how to read Hebrew through our innovative Hebrew Reading Crash Courses (HRCC). Starting with our Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level I…

                      One Day Review

                      The One Day Review (ODR) is designed to help participants brush up on their Hebrew letter recognition skills prior to starting Level II or in preparation for the Jewish holidays.  In just a few hours, students are able to refresh their Hebrew skills and…

                      Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level I

                      Participants in the free Hebrew Reading Crash Course will learn to read Hebrew in five, 1 and 1/2 hour weekly sessions. Designed for Jews with little or no background…

                      Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II

                      NJOP’s Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II is designed to improve students’ reading skills and fluency by introducing them to special pronunciation rules and basic Hebrew grammar to help them expand their…

                      Hebrew Writing Crash Course

                      NJOP has taught over 250,000 Jews how to read the Aleph-Bet, now we want to teach them how to write it. The perfect follow-up to your Level I Hebrew Reading…

                      Twebrew School

                      Twebrew School: Twitter + Hebrew = Twebrew School! NJOP decided to put a twist on Hebrew School by recreating it for the Twitter generation. With bite-sized (just over Twitter’s 140 character limit) lessons…

                      Read Hebrew America and Canada

                      Read Hebrew America and Canada (RHA/C) is NJOP’s continent-wide Hebrew literacy campaign to win back the hearts of North American Jews. To be a part of our campaign, classes can be offered beginning anytime between…

                      Send us message to have us contact you about running any of our Hebrew Reading or Writing courses or call 1-800-44-HEBREW.


                      Shabbat

                      Shabbat

                      More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews.

                      An Oasis in Time

                      The Jewish Sabbath has been called an “oasis in time.” This heavenly gift, “Divine Therapy,” if you will, is a unique opportunity for spiritual and psychological renewal that comes every week, and it’s free! Contemporary observers often speak of the need for “quality time.” Shabbat teaches that there cannot be quality time without quantity time. Shabbat is indeed an idea whose time has come.

                      Sacred Time

                      As we enter the 21st century, the world has never needed Shabbat more. Our society desperately needs time to catch its breath, to look inward, not outward, to be introspective. We need an opportunity to hug our children, look our spouses in the eye, and engage in true communication, without constant interruptions of telephones, radios, videos and computer games. For all our valued technological advancements (streaming music, smart phones, internet, smart homes, etc.)  our ability to communicate has greatly diminished. In fact, studies indicate that the average American parent speaks with his/her children no more than 11 minutes a day and watches television 35.5 hours a week!

                      We, and our families, need “sacred time.” Shabbat provides just that, and much more. It has been said, “More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews.” It is an elixir of life. It is G-d’s greatest gift to human-kind. Embrace it! Savor a taste of the world to come.

                      Jewish Treats Complete Guide to Shabbat

                      Jewish Treats and our parent organization NJOP, are excited to introduce our Jewish Treats Complete Guide to Shabbat eBook- your online resource to the Day of Rest. This eBook includes a little bit of everything: From how to light the Shabbat candles, the secrets of braided challah, the songs of the Sabbath and much more.  Everything you need to know and have been wondering about Shabbat is now right at your fingertips!

                      Please share this fun and informative Shabbat eBook with your friends and family!

                      ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Print the Jewish Treats Complete Guide to Shabbat or use the interface on this page to view or download.

                      *We’d love for you to be able to enjoy this Jewish Treats eBook on Shabbat, as well as during the week. To use it on Shabbat, be sure to print your copy before sunset on Friday to stay within the Shabbat spirit.

                      Shabbat Programs

                      NJOP is proud to be able to offer you a selection of informative educational resources for Shabbat.

                      Shabbat Across America and Canada

                      “Turn an ordinary Friday night into something extraordinary!” On Friday night, March 5, 2021, hundreds of synagogues across the continent will take part in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews — Shabbat! Everyone is invited…

                      Shabbat Across America at Home

                      Have you experienced the magic of NJOP’s Shabbat Across America and Canada? Have you wanted to participate but couldn’t? Do you love the idea of creating an evening of warm inspiration, simple peace and beautiful tradition?…

                      Beginners Service

                      Designed specifically for the novice worshiper, this free explanatory prayer service is conducted in both Hebrew and English, and provides a comfortable non-judgmental venue for those with little synagogue experience…

                      CommUNITY

                      Take the Shabbat Across America and Canada unity challenge and organize a CommUNITY Shabbat Across America and Canada. The CommUNITY initiative requires multiple organizations in one city to work together to create…

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


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                      Our Misson

                      The National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) is an independent, non-profit organization which is dedicated to providing, through educational courses and experiential programs, a basic Jewish education for every Jew in America.

                      1,710,407

                      Over the last 33 years, more than 1.7M North American Jews have been engaged Jewishly through NJOP’s positive, joyous Jewish programs and experiences.

                      Our History

                      NJOP was established in 1987 by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald in response to the spiraling losses of Jews from Jewish life due to assimilation and lack of Jewish knowledge. Through its highly innovative and stimulating educational programming and influential social media platforms, NJOP conveys the relevance and vibrancy of Judaism to contemporary Jews by providing a greater understanding and knowledge of the basics of Judaism and Jewish life.

                      NJOP’s ever-expanding efforts have given the program the opportunity to become an acclaimed leader in

                      Jewish social media

                      NJOP’s ability to recognize the most current cultural trends has allowed tens of thousands of fans and followers to present with a means to positively and joyously participate in Jewish life through @JewishTweets on Twitter, NJOP’s Jewish Treats daily email and Facebook page. NJOP’s Jewish Treats’ YouTube channel boasts more than two million views.

                      Since its founding, NJOP has become one of the largest and most successful organizations, impacting broadly on Jewish engagement throughout the world.

                      Jewish Treats is the social media arm of NJOP, your tax-deductible gift to Jewish Treats will help us continue to share interesting and enjoyable observations about Judaism, which we like to call “Juicy Bits of Judaism,” in the future.

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                      NJOP’s Tax ID is 13-2881809.

                      For more information about NJOP, please call 1-800-444-3273.



                      Blogs

                      Blogs

                      An archive of NJOP's collection of articles for you to enjoy.

                      A new blog post is published each weekday sharing interesting and enjoyable observations about Judaism.

                      Explore the world Jewishly

                      Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald shares with you his fascinating insights on the upcoming parasha, the weekly Torah portion.

                      Fascinating Insights

                      NJOP decided to put a twist on Hebrew School by recreating it with bite-sized lessons for the Twitter generation.

                      "Bite sized" Hebrew lessons

                      Catch up with NJOP’s fresh news including Juicy Jewish resources, essential articles, photos and more.

                      NJOP's Fresh News

                      Jewish Treats

                      Jewish Treats

                      New blog posts each weekday sharing interesting and enjoyable observations about Judaism, called “Juicy Bits of Judaism.” These bite-sized facts and actions are easy to digest and are a great way to make a daily connection to Judaism in about two minutes.

                      Explore the world Jewishly with these enticing tidbits of fun Jewish news, pop culture, history, factoids and surprising snippets of knowledge daily.

                      Sign up to receive Juicy Bits of Judaism, Daily.


                        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 2021

                        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.

                        Attend A Service

                        Check the map or run a search above to see if there is a High Holiday Beginners Service taking place in a community near you. Use the information provided in the listing to contact our partners to register or learn more.

                        Donate

                        Help us to help your community! Make a tax-deductible donation to NJOP and support programs like HHBS. Use AmazonSmile and your eligible purchases will earn donations too!

                        Partner with NJOP

                        Are you a rabbi, Jewish educator or synagogue representative? Click here to learn about the many ways you can partner with NJOP.

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                          Rabbi Buchwald's Weekly Torah Message

                          Rabbi Buchwald's

                          Weekly Torah Message

                          Each week, NJOP’s founder, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, shares with you his fascinating insights on the upcoming parasha, the weekly Torah portion.