Beginning this week, our Jewish community will honor the High Holy Days.  

The Equity Leadership Team would like to thank guest writer, Jamie Masco, for offering her knowledge and experience for our learning benefit.

The High Holy Days represent two Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  

Rosh Hashanah is considered the Jewish New Year.

Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement.

The period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur is called the “Ten Days of Repentance.” These ten days are an opportunity for personal change and growth. 

During these holidays, Jewish people are encouraged to reflect on and consider how they might have wronged others during the past year.  The reflection process continues through Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. Many Jewish people choose to fast on Yom Kippur. Fasting encourages one to disconnect from ordinary, daily issues and devote Jewish hearts and minds to a more G-dly[2]relationship.  

Rosh Hashanah 2020 begins before sundown on Friday, September 18, and ends after nightfall on Sunday, September 20.  Yom Kippur 2020 begins before sundown on Sunday, September 27, and ends after nightfall on Monday, September 28.  

L’shanah tovah tikatevu ve techatemu לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה תִכָּתֵבוּ וְתֵּחָתֵמוּ. May you be inscribed and sealed (in the Book of Life) for a good year.

As we strive to learn about the cultures, customs, traditions, and history of the families that comprise our community, and in recognition of the High Holy Days, we encourage you to review the following resources: 



[1] Rudine Sims-Bishop: Mirrors Windows and Sliding Glass Doors[2] The custom of substituting the word “God” with G-d in English is based on the traditional practice in Jewish law of giving God’s Hebrew name     a high degree of respect and reverence. Source:  LearnReligions.comClick here to read the letter in Spanish, Kinyarwanda, or Swahili.

Haga clic aquí para leer la carta en español, kinyarwanda o swahili. 

Kanda hano usome iyi baruwa mu cy’Esipanyoro, Ikinyarwanda, cyangwa Igiswahili. 

Bofya hapa ili kuisoma barua kwa Kihispani, Kinyarwanda, au Kiswahili.
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