Get Ready for Rosh HaShanah
Elul, the month that precedes the High Holidays, is traditionally a time of both rejoicing and somber reflection when we take stock of our spiritual selves and our lives. Roughly coinciding with August this year, Elul rituals prepare us for the many acts of repentance and forgiveness that are hallmarks of the upcoming Days of Awe, starting with Rosh HaShanah. Reform Jews have adapted many customs of this season in unique and inspiring ways. Discover new ways to enjoy a sweet and meaningful new year!
- Celebrate: Get ready for the new year by learning about the history of Rosh HaShanah, taking part in Elul rituals, rehearsing aliyah and holiday blessings, and reflecting on hopes for the year ahead. Read more »
- Holiday Recipes: Let's go beyond apples and honey this Rosh HaShanah. Learn to make a round challah for starters, then follow it up with tasty entrees and sweet desserts. More recipes »
- Take Action: Starting the New Year is an opportunity to reaffirm the Jewish tradition's longstanding commitment to tikkun olam (repair of the world). You can infuse your holiday observance with a sense of social good. Learn how »
- Especially for Kids: Engage your children in preparations for the New Year with crafts, songs, and cooking. You can even celebrate Rosh HaShanah with Shalom Sesame! Learn more »
- Worship: Learn about High Holidays music, attend an online service, or find a holiday event that welcomes 20- and 30-somethings to explore synagogue life. Read more »
- Read Stories: Visit our blog throughout Elul for personal reflections and unique worship ideas. Read the blog »
Kate Bigam is the Social Media and Community Manager for the Union for Reform Judaism.