High Holy Days

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Higher Holy Days: A Hybrid High Holy Day Happening

Created and curated for you by Jewish Life at Georgetown.

Featuring a hybrid of prayer, reflection, and learning offered by Rabbi Rachel Gartner and Chazzan Jonathan Strum, Hillel International, Faculty from Georgetown’s Center for Jewish Civilization, and some surprise special appearances.

This year we’ll be digging deep to creatively go higher than we might have thought possible in this virtual environment. Hoyas and our High Holy Day community may be physically distanced, but we are spiritually connected. So please, bring your families, friends, pets and anyone else you’d like to Georgetown University’s Higher Holy Days: A Hybrid High Holy Day Happening

Here are the various pathways to Higher Holy Days.  We hope to see you at as many as you like!

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Friday, September 18

Georgetown University Erev Rosh Hashanah services: 6 pm ET Live on Facebook.

Spirited, soulful services featuring Rabbi Gartner, Chazzan Strum,  Georgetown students, Georgetown President, Jack DeGioia, and a surprise celebrity guest. Bring yourselves, some apples and honey and a kiddush libation, and we’ll virtually supply everything else you need.

This year we will be using this machzor for our service. Please print out ahead of time, or have on your screen next to the Facebook livestream. We will also post this on Facebook. Find the machzor here.

Rosh Hashanah morning, Saturday, September 19

Tune into Higher Holy Days provided by Hillel International (be on the lookout for an appearance by our very own Rabbi Rachel). Learn more and sign up here: https://higherholidays.org/

We also have been in contact with many DC area synagogues who are holding virtual services that are open to the entire Georgetown community. If you would like access to any of those service platforms please email jewishlife@georgetown.edu

Kol Nidrei, Sunday, September 27

Georgetown University Kol Nidrei services: 6 pm ET, Live on Facebook. If you had trouble accessing Rosh Hashanah services on Facebook, the problem was likely technology on our end, so please give us a second chance! Kol Nidrei services should be easily accessible. Services are streamed on Facebook; you do not need a Facebook account to access the stream.

Please have a pen and paper or notebook close at hand during the service to participate in a new Kol Nidrei ritual. You can access our Kol Nidrei Machzor here.

Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28

Tune into Higher Holidays provided by Hillel International on Yom Kippur morning. Learn more and sign up here: https://higherholidays.org/. We also have been in contact with many DC area synagogues who are holding virtual services that are open to the entire Georgetown community. If you would like access to any of those service platforms please email jewishlife@georgetown.edu

On Yom Kippur afternoon beginning at 2:30 pm (ET) we will be streaming a teach-in on Facebook Live with some of Georgetown’s most beloved professors and other guests. The teach-in will feature thoughts on Jewish history, contemporary issues, and High Holiday themes.

Then join us on Facebook Live at 6:45 pm (ET) Yizkor (Memorial Service) followed by Neilah (concluding service and shofar) led by Rabbi Rachel Gartner and Chazzan Jonathan Strum.

You can access the Yizkor Machzor here and the Neilah Machzor here.