High Holidays 5781 – A New Year Like No Other

High Holidays with Berkeley Hillel – 5781

Join the Berkeley Hillel community as we celebrate Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur online with engaging and meaningful experiences.  Below you can find the lineup of experiences organized by Berkeley Hillel, Hillel International, and other Jewish communal organizations.  For all Higher Holiday options please rsvp online before the holiday at Higher Holidays.

Traditional Conservative services are being streamed via the University of Washington Hillel.  All links and registration will be on our website.

Jew-it-Yourself: Break Fast

Break your fast after Yom Kippur with your roommates or social pod! Sign up to Jew-it-Yourself and Berkeley Hillel will reimburse $5 per person, up to 10 people (groups must live together in the same household or be in the same social pod). Make food yourself, or get it delivered — it’s up to you!

Sign-up for your JIY: Break Fast here

Watch the Berkeley Hillel’s staff New Year message

Schedule of High Holiday Celebrations

 

Aseret Yeme Teshuvah – 10 Days of Repentance – September 21-25

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are an opportunity for personal reflection.  Join us for any of these initiatives to help provide you with the space for internal growth.

Tuesday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. –  Apple-Honey Cake baking with Emily: Join Emily to bake a semi-traditional apple-honey cake at home in your own kitchen. Even you don’t have the ingredients feel free to join! Click here for the Zoom link

You’ll need:

  • 4 apples (I like Honeycrisp)
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour (can be Gluten-free)
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup pure honey
  • A round cake pan or a spring-form pan

Wednesday, September 23 – 2:00 p.m. –  Judaism and Civic Engagement! Join the Mitzvote Intern Team (Dara Shay, Sammy Behar, and Katie Lyon) and Micah for a text-based discussion on the intersections between Judaism, Jewish thought and values, and civic engagement! Come with a quote or passage if you’d like, and come prepared to share how or why your Jewishness inspires you to be civically engaged. Click here for Zoom link.

Wednesday, September 231:00 p.m. – Doodling for the New Year with Lauren:  Art can be a powerful vehicle for expression and self-reflection. Join Lauren to learn a little about comics as story-telling, and create a 3-panel comic expressing of your hopes for the New Year.  Click here for the Zoom link

Thursday, September 24 – 5:00 p.m. – Come learn with Rabbi Adam about how we can use the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as a time for reflection and renewal.  Click here for the Zoom link

Kol Nidrei – Yom Kippur Evening – September 27

5:00 p.m. – Zoom Communal Candle Lighting – This will be an opportunity to gather as a community to begin the Yom Kippur and prepare ourselves to get in the proper mental space for the holiest day of the year.  https://zoom.us/j/98289831050?pwd=Ti92K3dUMHo1QS9uY09WQ2ROa0ROdz09

5:30 p.m. – Zoom Gathering with Hillel’s across the country for a national experience.  Explore your spiritual connection on the holiest night of the year with a little help from the Tony Award-winning cast of The Band’s VisitHigh Holidays

6:30 p.m.– Traditional Conservative Kol Nidrei Service with University of Washington Hillel – Click for details and links

Yom Kippur Day – September 28

9:30 a.m. – Zoom Gathering with Berkeley Hillel – Connect with Berkeley Hillel before we join with other Hillel’s across the country for an online service filled with song and soul. Click here for the Zoom link.

10:00 a.m. – Zoom Gathering with Hillel’s across the country for a national experience.  Choose one of two streaming options to activate your body and soul during the Day of Atonement.  Higher Holidays Yom Kippur

10:00 a.m. – Traditional Conservative Yom Kippur Shacharit Service with University of Washington Hillel – Click for details and links

12:35 p.m. – Traditional Conservative Yom Kippur Torah Service with University of Washington Hillel – Click for details and links

1:30 p.m. – Traditional Conservative Yizkor Torah Service with University of Washington Hillel – Click for details and links

2:00 p.m. – Traditional Conservative Yom Kippur Musaf Service with University of Washington Hillel – Click for details and links

5:00 p.m. – Traditional Conservative Yom Kippur Mincha Service with University of Washington Hillel – Click for details and links

Yom Kippur Day – Yizkor and Neilah – September 28

6:00 p.m. Together we take a moment to reflect on those who we have lost, while focusing on the kind of world we want to help create.  Higher Holidays Yizkor

6:15 p.m.  – Traditional Conservative Yom Kippur Closing Neilah Service and Havdallah with University of Washington Hillel – Click for details and links


Jew-it-Yourself: Break Fast

Break your fast after Yom Kippur with your roommates or social pod! Sign up to Jew-it-Yourself and Berkeley Hillel will reimburse $5 per person, up to 10 people (groups must live together in the same household or be in the same social pod). Make food yourself, or get it delivered — it’s up to you!

Some suggested local options:

Grand Bakery – Heckshered Kosher bakery for delivered Bagel boxes, cakes, cookies, and bread.  

The Flying Falafel – Kosher Vegan Falafel and Schwarma

Boichik Bagels – Kosher Bagels, Schmears, Sandwiches, and more. 

Wise Sons – Started by Berkeley Hillel grads, traditional New york kosher-style deli.

Sign-up for your JIY: Break Fast here

 


Other Communal Opportunities:

Jewish Studio Project:  The high holidays have the power to lift us out of our own individual worlds and connect us deeply to ourselves, to one another, and to something greater. Join us this year for an uplifting, connective, musical holiday experience through live, at-home services & programming led by Rabbi Adina Allen and Jeff Kasowitz (Co-Founders of the Jewish Studio Project) with Maya Abramson and Jordan Lowe. https://www.jewishstudioproject.org/high-holidays-1

Urban Adamah:  Join us for this unique opportunity to experience something deep and beautiful in these uncertain and challenging times.  https://www.urbanadamah.org/event/high-holidays-5781-w-torah-of-awakening/