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Shanah Tovah,

Never have those two words been so filled with hope. A good year. It is our fervent wish that it be a shanah tovah for ourselves, our families, our friends, our city, our country, our world. The big message of the High Holidays is that change is possible. Do we really need that message right now? Haven’t we all experienced all the change we can bear? Our yearning for the past is palpable. I walked into the JCC after months of not being here and all I wanted was to sit in my office just like I used to do, ride the elevators, greet our members, work with our staff, and order the same salad for lunch I used to order.

But we know now for sure that change is the new normal, that this holiday season reminds us that not only do each of us have the capacity to change for the better, but that change is baked into the world, that change is good, that living with the understanding that change happens at every moment is the necessary muscle we must all strengthen, now more than ever.

Rosh Hashanah comes to say to us, we can be better, we can do better, we can change. Rosh Hashanah comes to say to us, embrace change. It asks us what lessons we have learned from this challenging time, what colors look richer, what relationships mean more. In this time when we feel so unable to control our lives, we can hold these competing truths—that while so much is out of our hands, we have hands—to create beautiful things, to sustain ourselves, to support one another, to applaud those who have sustained us.

From my home to yours, I wish you a year filled with goodness, kindness, love, and growth.

Shanah tovah,

Rabbi Joy Levitt
Executive Director


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JCC-Led Services

Musical Rosh Hashanah (Alternative) Service for the Whole Family
Sat, Sep 19, 1:30-2:30 pm, $10

Virtual Kol Nidre with Rabbi Joy Levitt
Sun, Sep 27, 6:45-8 pm, Free

Yizkor Memorial Service led by Rabbi Brian Fink
Mon, Sep 28, 1:30-2:30 pm, Free

Other Organizations Providing High Holiday Services


Because Jewish



Hillel Higher Holidays (for college students)

Interfaith Families Project


For UJA's round-up of High Holidays services, please click here.


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What is Rosh Hashanah?

Hadar's High Holiday Reader

JCC Harlem High Holidays Mahzor (PDF)

18 Doors (Formerly Interfaith Family) Guide to High Holidays

Renew Your Mind, Body, and Soul: High Holiday Gift Box for 20s + 30s

Harlem High Holidays Box

RespectAbility: Making High Holidays Accessible for All

New Jewish Music from Let My People Sing

The Forward’s Elul Series

DIY High Holiday Rituals

30-Day Racial Equity Challenge - Join Dimensions and the Jewish Emergent Network for 30 days of anti-racism reflection, discovery, action and transformation.

Sign Up for 10Q - Answer 10 questions about the year that has just passed and the year to come, creating a new way to engage in reflection during the High Holidays.

40 Holy Days - a free online toolkit of music and inspiration featuring leading Jewish artists from around the globe

Create Your Own High Holiday Rituals and Liturgy

Herefor, OneTable’s new all-ages initiative, has gorgeous resources for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

A Guide for Your Earth-Based Yom Kippur Journey

Catering and Kosher Supermarkets