Join your local Reform Synagogue
Our communities may have their physical doors closed, but every one of them is open and ready to welcome you virtually for this year’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Whatever your background and whether you have ever considered yourself a Reform Jew or not, all you need is an internet connection and you can be part of something bigger together with thousands of others this High Holy Days.
Use our synagogue locator to find your local Reform Synagogue and to sign-up to join them for the High Holy Day period.
Celebrate with our communities
Information in this section gives an introduction and links to information for synagogue HHD activities we have been sent and will be updated as more communities publicise their plans. To search all our communities and register for their content, use our synagogue locator.
Reform Judaism is providing additional services and activities to supplement those offered by our synagogue communities, especially for members of communities which are not able to provide these activities.These can be accessed at this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85657351354
Yom Kippur – 28 September
Family Service (primary school age) – 9:30-10:30am
Under 5’s service – 10.30am (Separate Zoom link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the details including the name of your community)
RSY-Netzer teenagers’ activity – 11am-12pm
Study Session – 2-3pm
The Power of Promise – Student Rabbi Dr Hannah Marije Altorf
Yom Kippur confirms how seriously our tradition takes promises, spoken as well as written. We atone for promises not kept, but we also make new ones. In this study session we will ask what it is we do when we make a promise. Are we in charge of the future when we make a promise or do we give up control? Would we not be better off not making promises at all? We shall reflect on our own experiences and also consider the thoughts of a few thinkers from our tradition.
Meditative Mincha Service 3:30-4:30pm
Join Kohenet Yael Tischler, Student Rabbi, for a circle of soulful songs as we enter the last stretch of Yom Kippur, before we turn towards the hope and possibility of Ne’ilah. This part of Yom Kippur can feel like being inside the Belly of the Whale, just like our ancestor Jonah, whose story we read at this time. We will sing out from those depths together, hearing Jonah’s story interspersed with our meditative singing. The service will include simple, easy-to-learn Hebrew and English chants; guided meditation and storytelling. We will use many different pronouns and Jewishly-rooted names (of all genders and none) to refer to the One Divine, who is beyond any gender or image.
These will not be ordinary High Holy Days. This year we will hear the familiar sounds of the festivals differently. Blasts of the shofar, Vidui, Kol Nidre, much loved melodies and sermons, will all be shared in the sanctity of our homes. Though there will be opportunities for those who wish to come together, the scale of our High Holy Days means that our core moments will be online. As a result, these High Holy Days have become an opportunity for creativity and inspiration, an opportunity to try new things and to celebrate in a different way. This year’s High Holy Day programme has been thoughtfully created to bring us together when we are unable to gather in-person. Please go to www.alyth.org.uk/hhd2020 for more information about our High Holy Days provision.
Once we sought to meet God in the Temple, then in our Shul and now in our front rooms. Nothing is as usual this year and our High Holy Day services will be no exception. Please join us via a combination of Zoom and Stream, led by Rabbi Mati Kirschenbaum. All information available on the synagogue website.
COVID-19 may have changed the world beyond recognition but this September still brings the High Holy Days, filled with services, nostalgia, honey cake and repentance. We look forward to welcoming you to our Zoom shul, to the Rosh Hashanah drive-in, or to many of the different online and in-person gatherings during this period. All the information you need is available at our High Holy Days website.
Harlow Jewish Community is a welcoming and inclusive congregation, open to everyone wherever on their Jewish journey they might be. Services are led by Rabbi Irit Shillor whose beautiful voice enhances our prayers. We are an open-minded and friendly community and look forward to being joined by anyone who would like to experience our services.
Rosh Hashanah Evening – Friday 18th September
Erev Rosh Hashanah Service 8pm
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – Saturday 19th September
Rosh Hashanah morning and additional services 10:30am
Kol Nidrei – Sunday 27th September
Kol Nidrei evening service 7pm
Yom Kippur – Monday 28th September
Yom Kippur morning and additional services 11am
Yizkor and Ne’ila 6pm
All services are online via zoom. If you want further details please contact email@example.com or call us on 01279 432503
Here in Cornwall, we will have a full programme of meaningful prayer and dynamic learning led by Student Rabbi David-Yehuda Stern. Our programme will bring together the communities of Kehillat Kernow, South Hampshire Reform Jewish Community and the Isle of Wight Jewish Society. All information is available at our website.
Kol Chai will be providing a full on-line High Holyday experience for all the family. Register via the Kol Chai website at https://www.kolchai.org/high-holydays-2020-5781/. In addition to our webinar services on 1st day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, join us for our participative service on 2nd day Rosh Hashanah and our study session on Yom Kippur afternoon.
Makor Hayim has a specific website available for the High Holy Day period, which will include information about all services and events, including our learning programme and guide for allies (people who are not Jewish) coming to High Holy Days services.
We look forward to welcoming friends and guests to our join our friendly community for our High Holy Day services. The services will be led on Zoom and will be led by our team of wardens, with contributions from our choir and other members. Information about all of these services can be found on our website.
Even when we can’t physically be together, it is all the more important to connect in new and creative ways. Join on our Radlett Reform Synagogue Facebook page and website for services and opportunities to gather for our Yamim Noraim, our High Holydays. Check out our 10 HHD.I.Y Together resources which will be released over the coming weeks for music, texts, questions, and activities for this season of celebration and contemplation ahead.
This year’s Days of Awe Services are going to be unlike any other which we have experienced. Although our building may be physically closed, we are open online and will be offering an exciting programme of services and events and look forward to welcoming you to them.
Seven Hills Shul is a small and welcoming community in Sheffield that is always happy to see new faces at our services and social events! These High Holy Days we will be joined by Student Rabbi Eleanor Davis for online Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services and study sessions. Our community development worker will also be running a special children’s service/fun hour on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. For further information, please email us at HHD@shef-ref.co.uk or visit our Facebook page.