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 (Also referred to as the High Holidays). These holidays usually fall in September or October and are often characterized by long synagogue services and a focus on repentance.

The Jewish High Holy Days can be challenging in interfaith families if attending synagogue is not already part of your practice. How do you and your partner negotiate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the most synagogue-centric holidays on the Jewish calendar? Read InterfaithFamily’s articles, resources and links for ways to make the High Holy Days more enriching and inclusive.

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

  • Rosh Hashanah starts the evening of September 29, 2019; September 18, 2020; September 6, 2021.
  • Yom Kippur starts the evening of October 8, 2019; September 27, 2020, September 15, 2021.

High Holy Days Email Series

Sign up for our High Holidays email series You’ve got the shofar, now what? Wondering what else there is to plan for your family’s High Holidays (and how to do it)? Sign up now for the High Holidays email series created just for you, starting August 22.


Guide to the High Holidays for Interfaith FamiliesOur Guide to the High Holy Days 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.

Cheat Sheets

apples for Rosh HashanahOur cheat sheets offer quick, need-to-know information about the holidays. We have one for families, one about Rosh Hashanah and one about Yom Kippur.


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.

Quick Reference


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