Elul: 1-29 Elul 5781 | 9 August – 6 September, 2021

Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year 1 Tishrei 5782 | September 6-8, 2021 (Mon-Wed)

Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement 10 Tishrei 5782 | September 15-16, 2021 (Wed-Thurs)

As we welcome the New Year 5782, we welcome you home. For some of you, the JVP community has been a political and spiritual home for years, and we’re thrilled and heartened to see you again. For those of you who are new to JVP, we invite you to join a community that holds your values, discover a new family waiting for you with open arms, and find spiritual leadership to fortify you for the year ahead.

During the High Holy Days, we strengthen our resolve and courage to to turn to whatever needs to be seen and to be healed. We ask: How are we preparing for this New Year? What are we waking up to? What are we returning to? What asks to be repaired? Come help us realize a vision of home and liberation rooted in collectivity.

JVP is proud to offer this collection of High Holiday resources and live-streamed services by Rabbis and JVP members from congregations and havurot across the country. This year, 5782, marks the Shmita – the seventh, sabbatical year in the Jewish agricultural calendar. According to rabbinical law, this should be a year when the land we work should lie fallow, slaves should be freed and debts should be forgiven, and we can start over. Join us in interweaving the political and spiritual through prayer, song, reflection and study in this Shmita year.


Here is a menu of offerings, DIY activities, meetings, and services that that lift up our Jewish values and support you in this period of rest, reflection, and repair.

(1-29 Elul 5781 | 9 Aug – 6 Sep 2021)
A month of reflection and preparation towards the Holy Days and Teshuvah



Rebekah Erev, artist, kohenet and JVP Havurah Network member, created offerings for your body, mind, and spirit, to do as fits your life throughout the month.

View the offerings



This slide deck inspires curiosity, critical thought, action, and imagination about the intersection of Shmita, Teshuvah, and racial justice. Created by Chana Rusanov and Sol Yael Weiss of Linke Fligl, a queer Jewish chicken farm & cultural organizing project, and a founding member of the JVP Havurah Network.

View the deck


Tuesdays, August 17, 24 & 31
12:30 – 1:00pm ET

Led by JVP Rabbinical Council members Rabbi Ariana Katz of the Hineinu synagogue, and Rabbi Brant Rosen of the Tzedek Chicago synagogue. Elul is a time of spiritual preparation and reparation – an opportunity to do the work necessary to truly begin the New Year anew. Each weekly session will focus on a specific spiritual theme of Teshuvah (or repair/return) and will take place via Zoom/Facebook Live.



Monday, 8 Elul | August 16
5:00-6:00 pm CDT

Join Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, JVP Rabbinical Council member, and others from the Jewish community for a call to prayer, movement, and action. There is no better way to prepare for the coming Jewish New Year than to make Teshuva (repair) for the cultural and destruction being perpetrated on this land. This Elul is our last chance to #StopLine3.

Learn more and register

(1-10 Tishrei | 7-16 September, 2021)


Since 2013, Fringes has partnered with sister organization Tikkun Olam Chavurah to create High Holiday services that are beautiful, personal, and also highly political – below is a list of their online offerings.

Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, 1 Tishrei | September 7
9:30 am—1:30 pm ET

Register for Rosh Hashanah Service

Kol Nidrei

Wednesday, 9 Tishrei | September 15
6:15 pm—9:00 pm ET

Register for Erev Yom Kippur Service

Yom Kippur

Thursday, 10 Tishrei | September 16
9:30 am—8:00 pm ET

Register for Yom Kippur Service


Sacred Monsters Havurah is a welcoming shul (community) dedicated to celebrating and practicing an ever-evolving Judaism that is non-zionist, anti-racist, feminist, queer, and earth-based.

Shabbat Shuva

Saturday, 5 Tishrei | September 11
10:30am-12:30pm ET 

Please register for this online event.

(You can also find out about their in-person events for the High Holidays)


Sunday, 6 Tishrei | September 12

JVP Seattle DIY Tashlich booklet 2021

While not all of us will be together in person, we affirm that this is still a collective ritual. Its magic will be sparked by the accumulation of all who choose to honor this practice in whatever way is accessible to them.

View the DIY Tashlich ritual guide


A radical, queer, collaborative, non-zionist, magical, diasporist, inclusive Jewish minyan.

Click here for their DIY Ritual Guides for the Days of Awe


JVP-friendly synagogues have a wide variety of High Holy Days offerings online and in person, including programs for children and tots. Many of these synagogues have a sliding fee scale for non-members. You are invited to visit these web pages and design your own program of prayer and practice.


Tzedek Chicago is an intentional Jewish congregation based on core values of justice, equity and solidarity that stands for a Judaism beyond nationalism. After a year and a half of isolation, we are excited to gather together once more in prayer, ritual, and sacred community to greet the New Year together.

Yom Kippur afternoon presentation by Noura Erakat and Taurean Webb (10 Tishrei | 16 Sept, 3:00 PM (via Zoom)

Learn more and register at: High Holidays at Tzedek Chicago 5782


Hineinu: ​​The Baltimore Justice Shtieb is a growing community in Baltimore of Jews and our loved ones who study, pray, organize, and care for one another. With full hearts, we return to the High Holy Day season and welcome the new year. This season offers us an opportunity to return and reflect, some of us returning to gathering in person, all of us returning to the start of the year and to the truest versions of ourselves.

Learn more and register at: Returning to the New Year


New Synagogue Project for Washington D.C. is building a community that is spiritually vibrant, radically inclusive, and reflects a vision for a world of justice, equity, and liberation. This High Holiday season, we answer the call from our ancestors, and from deep within ourselves, to release our fear and control, and turn towards justice, liberation, and interdependence. Services are online.

Learn more and register at: Release, return, renew


Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont, CA is a community of social progressives and spiritual seekers: a participatory, musical, celebratory and democratic congregation of all ages, identities and family constellations. This year’s High Holy Days offering focuses on the Shmita (sabbatical) year and what it can mean for us.

Learn more and register at: The Rhythm of Rest & Radical Change


Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn is a Jewish congregation where doubt can be an act of faith and all hands are ​​needed to build our community. We are creative, serious seekers who pray joyfully, wrestle with tradition, pursue justice, and refuse to be satisfied with the world as it is. ​​High Holy Days at Kolot 5782 will be joyful, spiritual and full of connection.

Learn more and register at: High Holy Days at Kolot


Kol Tzedek in West Philadelphia is a young and growing Reconstructionist social justice-focused synagogue founded in 2004. Join us for deep and meaningful Days of Awe, with online main services. We’ll draw on the wisdom of our ancestors, the guidance of our tradition, and the resilience within to enter 5782 renewed, connected, and hopeful.

Learn more and register at: Release & Regenerate Kol Tzedek Days of Awe 5782


Soul Candles Ritual Kit

Pictured is the 5779 Soul Candles Kit. Photo by Irit Reinheimer.

With this kit, we bring the tkhines of Jewish women into our lives and hold them up to shine brightly.

The Soul Candles candle making tradition has been passed down through tkhines, Yiddish collections of prayers by and for women. Soul Candles are made to both honor ancestors and protect the living. Said while spinning wick into candles, these tkhines prayers capture the ritual of Jewish Russian and other Eastern European women’s memorial candle making during the High Holy Day season. Jonah Aline Daniel, Rabbi Ariana Katz, and Rebekah Erev have partnered in the past handful of years to explore thkines and the Soul Candles traditions through text, ritual, art, research, prayer and craft. The kit includes all the wick, wax, and ritual guidance required to participate in the ritual fully.

The 5781 kits builds on previous years’ kits with even more ritual and artistic offerings.

For a limited time, the Soul Candles Ritual Kit is available to the public and does not require membership to purchase!

Learn More! Order by August 26th to guarantee delivery in time for Rosh Hashanah.

5781 Radical Jewish Calendar Project

Organized by Jewish month, layering Jewish and Gregorian dates, astrological happenings, holidays, and political history.

Twelve months of political art, culture, and history made by dreamers, artists, and organizers who want to know what time it is.

This project, in our fifth year, was dreamed up by some Jews who were tired of using calendars with advertisements for cemeteries as their only reference for Jewish holy days. This is a collaborative effort between friends and many contributors.

All proceeds will go to artists and design contributors, which include farmers, rabbis, candle makers, facilitators, radio hosts, bodyworkers, rock stars, carpenters, Kohenet priestesses, organizers, and more.

This calendar is a celebration of Jewish culture that is intersectional, queer, feminist, anti-racist, and that challenges and builds a Judaism and Jewishness beyond Zionism. Because you’ve always wanted to find out when Ta’anit Esther and the anniversary of the BDS Call are, all in the same place.

Printed in the Pacific Northwest by union-labor.