Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur


Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year Holiday, Honey, apple, pomegranate, challah on a wooden table

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, are also known as the High Holy Days or the Days of Awe. These holidays usually fall in September or October and are often characterized by long synagogue services and a focus on repentance.

The Jewish High Holidays are not always the most popular holidays in interfaith family families. How do you and your partner negotiate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the most synagogue-centric holidays on the Jewish calendar? Read’s articles, resources and links for ways to make the High Holidays more inclusive.

The upcoming dates for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are:

  • Rosh Hashanah starts the evening of September 9, 2018; September 29, 2019; September 18, 2020.
  • Yom Kippur starts the evening of September 18, 2018; October 8, 2019; September 27, 2020.

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Guide to the High Holidays for Interfaith FamiliesOur Guide to the High Holidays for Interfaith Families is a comprehensive introduction to the Days of Awe. From background information to foods to suggestions to
help you prepare, this guide has it all.


High Holy Days: the Basics: Explaining the customs, rituals and language of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in an introductory resource for all families.

Celebrating the High Holy Days with Kids: Suggestions for sharing the holidays with kids of all ages, from recipes and crafts to getting through services.


Quick, easy downloads to guide you through the at-home rituals for the holidays, complete with audio of each blessing.

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