Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah flatlay with honey and pomegranates and apples

Typically, at some point in my work on this project, my wife will lean over my shoulder and ask me, in her own style, “So. How are the Jews this year?” Some years that is a difficult question to answer. This year the answer is clear: The Jews are afraid.

Mark J. Pelavin
Open palm outstretched to golden fall leaves and sunshine

Fear grips many of us. What awaits us when we join together during the Yamim Nora-im is an oasis of hope and spiritual renewal. If we can conquer our fear, awe awaits us.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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
Group of people of varying ethnicities standing together and smiling outdoors while holding instruments as at an event or party

It’s easy to talk about diversity, but pulling it off can be elusive. Based on my experiences, offer reflections about what has worked for me – and might work for you!

Deborah Fishman
Seven arms, each holding up a letter of the word Welcome

Check out these eight audaciously hospitable ideas to consider implementing in your community during this High Holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Toby Singer
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

It is hardly surprising that 2016/5777 was an interesting Rosh HaShanah for rabbis and sermons. I hope you will enjoy all these sermons and find them as meaningful as I did.

Mark J. Pelavin

If you’re looking for a particular resource you don’t see listed here, let us know so we can help you find it – and you can always post in The Tent to chat with other congregational leaders and URJ staff. L’shanah tovah!

Kate Bigam

This High Holidays season, as we think about racial justice and voting rights this late summer and fall, we’re also thinking about other key issues that are important to repairing our broken world and combating racial injustice.

By Sarah Greenberg