High Holidays

High Holidays

Smiling college students with their arms around one another and nametags on their chests at a campus Shabbat service

How do you make college High Holiday services and programs engaging, welcoming, and meaningful? Here are five tips.

Jacob Gurvis
Unlit white memory candle in a glass votive against a black backdrop

The whole memory book project was transformed before our eyes. What was originally considered to be merely office minutia and fundraising became what it truly was: sacred work.

Rebecca Carlson
Apple shaped bowl of honey with a honey dipper in it and half an apple on a table next to it

I hope you will enjoy all these sermons and find them as meaningful as I did. You can – and should – get the full context by reading the linked sermon.

Mark J. Pelavin
Kutz teens writing letters

As we slip into Elul, thoughts about the holidays are swirling in my head. I’m an educator who loves using the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as a tool to advance self-reflection, interpersonal dynamics, and building resilient teams. For me, this time of year is an especially unique dance between introversion and extroversion, moving in and out of our comfort zones with our Jewish values embracing us along the way. At URJ Kutz Camp, we focus year-round on supporting teen leadership development. During this time of year especially, we are pleased to share resources to encourage conversation between teens and adults.

Melissa Frey
Tallit, machzor (High Holiday prayer book), traditional head covering, and shofar

For the Jewish community, the balmy days of summer are far from relaxing, perhaps never more so than this year, as we grappled with the meaning of the

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Smiling teens eating apples dipped in honey

Here are four ways to strengthen your congregation by intentionally welcoming children and teens into your holiday observance.

Miriam Chilton
White heart-shaped flowers hanging from a stem

Selichot is the overture for our High Holidays, a chance to focus on meaning, tradition, faith, and striving to reach that spot in the heart where no one else can go.

Rabbi Stacy Offner
Butcher paper that reveals words through a tear: What's your story?

Inviting people to share memories of interesting, meaningful experiences in their lives – especially on Yom Kippur – always proves to inspire others.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs

Last week, the URJ had the privilege of hosting Dr. Avraham Neguise, Knesset member and chair of the Knesset Committee on Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs.