Rosh Hashanah Service
Join City Congregation for a beautiful and moving Rosh Hashanah service of music and contemplation that expresses traditional themes while honoring human reason and human dignity. Our celebration combines familiar passages with innovative language so that cultural Jews can mark these holidays in a way that is consistent with humanistic beliefs. Don’t forget to stay for apples and honey.
Humanistic Jews observe Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, as a time for self-reflection and self-examination. Traditionally a period of divine judgment and divine terror, the Days of Awe are for us a powerful opportunity for assessment, repair, change, and growth, and some themes of the holiday include: self-reflection, renewal of commitment to Humanistic values and ethics, putting Humanistic Jewish values into action, new beginnings, forgiveness, change, endings and beginnings, resolutions for new behavior, and letting go of undesired behaviors or attitudes.
Services will be led by Rabbi Tzemah Yoreh and feature participatory readings from members. The service will be followed by an optional, informal community meal, organized by a City Congregation member, at a local restaurant. This option is available to anyone who is interested in attending.
Children attend their own participatory program and join the rest of the congregation for the blowing of the shofar. Children’s services are free for members, as are all holiday services.
Register for All Three High Holiday services. Or register for Rosh Hashanah service below:
High Holiday registration fees will be deducted from first year dues, if you become a member this year.