by Shaina Abrams-Kornblum, Eastern Community Manager

This Year Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Friday, September 18th and lasts until sundown on Sunday, September 20th. Rosh Hashanah translates to “the head of the year” and brings us into the Jewish New Year and the first of what are often called the High Holy Days. Instead of welcoming the new year with fireworks, we welcome the Jewish new year with food and the blowing of the shofar. If you don’t have access to a shofar this year but would like to incorporate it into any of your programs use the Moishe House Shofar App, called “Shofar Sho-good”, on your phone. 

This year we will be entering into the Jewish year of 5781. While some communities open back up, others are still practicing strict social distancing or remain under quarantine. Regardless of where your community is in the process we have put together this guide to help you bring your Rosh Hashanah celebrations to life, whether they are in person or virtual. Don’t forget to use these amazing High Holiday Wallpapers as Zoom backgrounds for your virtual programs!

We have broken down this resource guide into four main larger themes associated with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah – Welcoming Tishrei, Food, Tashlich, and Shabbat Shuva. At the bottom of the guide you all also find additional resources to use, including financial resources for your programs. Each section has program ideas and resources compiled to help you plan and execute successful Rosh Hashanah programs for your community.