TRANSFORMATION IS POSSIBLE: Join us for the High Holidays!

One of the central messages of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is that we can all change. We do not magically erase the past, but we can look within ourselves, soften our hearts, ask forgiveness, heal our wounds, repair our relationships, and transform the world.


Jewish tradition calls this radical idea teshuva, which means to change, heal, return, and transform. Tradition also teaches that teshuva itself existed before the world was created. It makes sense: before there was anything, there was the possibility of something new. Transformation is embedded in the very fabric of our existence.


Maybe this year you are looking for forgiveness - or to forgive. Maybe you are looking to let go - or get free. Join the New Synagogue Project for a Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur journey of transformation as individuals and a community.


We’ll welcome the new year 5780 with music, delicious food, introspection, and fun! Whether you want to sing, pray, host or be hosted for a meal, celebrate with your whole family, write, meditate, reflect, make art, learn Torah, move your body, or more, there is something for everyone - and all are welcome. 

 

We are building a community that is spiritually vibrant, radically inclusive, and reflects our vision for a world of justice, equity, and liberation. Be a part of it! Our community includes religious, secular, and atheist Jews, families with kids, partnered and single people, queer and trans people, interfaith families, Jews of color and white Jews, and anyone interested in exploring and experiencing Jewish life. Our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer books include full translation and transliteration of non-English text.

Registration Information

 Our doors are open to all, and NSP High Holidays don’t require tickets. We do ask everyone to pre-register so that we can plan, and for non-members to make a sliding scale gift as they are able. Child care will be available for all programs (preregistration required).   

High Holidays 5780 Schedule of Events

Sunday, Sept. 29

Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner

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Sunday, Sept. 29

Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner

Hosted in community members’ homes. Registration closed on September 13th.

Sunday, Sept. 29

Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner for People of Color, Indigenous Jews, and Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews

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Sunday, Sept. 29

Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner for People of Color, Indigenous Jews, and Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews

Click here to learn more about our POCISM space. Registration closed on September 13th. 

Monday, Sept. 30

Rosh Hashanah Services

9:30 am

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Monday, Sept. 30

Rosh Hashanah Services

Followed by a light kiddush (refreshments) at 1:30 PM


  • Two children’s services geared towards ages 1-5 and fun for all from 9:30 - 10:30 AM and 11 AM - 12PM
  • Child care available

9:30 am

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Sunday, Oct. 6

Tashlich

4 pm

Rock Creek Park (Exact Location TBD)

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Sunday, Oct. 6

Tashlich

In the tashlich ritual, we symbolically “cast off” our regrets, mistakes, failures, or anything we want to leave behind from the past year. Our radical interpretation of tashlich, geared for all ages, will include framing, reflection, blessings, singing, and activities connecting us to ourselves and to our natural surroundings.

4 pm

Rock Creek Park (Exact Location TBD)

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Kol Nidre Services

6:30 pm

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Tuesday, Oct. 8

Kol Nidre Services

Child care available

6:30 pm

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Yom Kippur Morning Services and Yizkor/Memorial Service

9:30 am-1:30 pm

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Wednesday, Oct. 9

Yom Kippur Morning Services and Yizkor/Memorial Service

  • Children’s services geared towards ages 1-5 and fun for all from 9:30 - 10:30 AM 
  • Child care available

9:30 am-1:30 pm

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Yom Kippur Afternoon

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Wednesday, Oct. 9

Yom Kippur Afternoon

  • Stay in community through Yom Kippur with a variety of programs -- from Jewish meditation, an open mic, and a body movement workshop, to restful spaces where you can reflect, nap, pray, or listen to live music.
  • Children’s program on The Book of Jonah, 4:30 - 5:30 PM. The entire community will gather for the performance!
  • Do you sing, play a musical instrument, or practice another creative art you’d like to share as part of our YK afternoon programing? Contact artslearningculture@newsynagogueproject.org to help us shape this afternoon. 

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Yom Kippur Ne’ilah/Closing Service

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Wednesday, Oct. 9

Yom Kippur Ne’ilah/Closing Service

Child care available

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Yom Kippur Break-Fast

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Wednesday, Oct. 9

Yom Kippur Break-Fast

Join the NSP Community for a light, vegetarian pot-luck style meal to break the Yom Kippur fast. NSP will provide bagels and other light food. Attendees are encouraged to contribute additional food/drinks. Due to space restrictions, registration for Yom Kippur Break-Fast closed on September 20th.

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Israel Metropolitan CME Church, 557 Randolph St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Membership guarantees a spot at services. If you’re not a member, consider joining! If you are a member, we still need you to register so we know how many people to plan for. 


If you’re not yet ready to become a member, we would still love to spend the High Holidays together! It is likely some services will reach capacity. At that point, we will close registration, so please register as soon as possible. 


We deeply appreciate financial contributions towards the costs of space, labor, materials, food, and other expenses - and supporting the longevity of our community. The actual cost of High Holidays is approximately $100 per individual. If you’re able, please make a sliding scale gift of $18-540 during registration. 

Additional High Holiday Offerings

Tuesdays, Sept. 3, 10, and 17

Elul Writing Workshop: Entering the Jewish New Year with Intention led by Rabbi Sarah Tasman

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016

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Tuesdays, Sept. 3, 10, and 17

Elul Writing Workshop: Entering the Jewish New Year with Intention led by Rabbi Sarah Tasman

 Join Rabbi Sarah Tasman for 3-part Elul Writing Workshop to enter the Jewish New Year with mindfulness and intention. Elul is a time of reflection, meditation, and spiritual preparation for the Jewish New Year. In this three-part workshop, we'll use creative writing practices to let go of the past year as we begin our process of turning toward the New Year. Each session will include spiritual icebreakers, guided meditation, creative writing/art activities, learning, and discussion.

Open to all backgrounds and all genders. Please bring a journal and a pen.

Space is limited and advance sign up is required to reserve your spot. Details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elul-writing-workshop-entering-the-jewish-new-year-with-intention-tickets-64635716167

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016

Sunday, Sept. 22

Align: An Art & Spirituality Workshop for Rosh Hashanah led by Rabbi Sarah Tasman

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016

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Sunday, Sept. 22

Align: An Art & Spirituality Workshop for Rosh Hashanah led by Rabbi Sarah Tasman

 

Align is a monthly series incorporating Jewish spirituality, seasonal wellness & creative expression. Join us to kick off our fall Align series with a special session in preparation for Rosh Hashanah.  Will include meditation, art, and a water ritual. Open to all backgrounds and all genders. Space is limited and advance sign up is required to reserve your spot. Details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/align-art-spirituality-series-tickets-64665588516

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016

Wednesdays, Sept. 18 and 25

Elul with Contemplative Talmud Bet Midrash, learning in the SVARA method with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

6:45pm - 8:45pm

Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec St NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Wednesdays, Sept. 18 and 25

Elul with Contemplative Talmud Bet Midrash, learning in the SVARA method with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

Looking to do some learning to prepare you for the High Holidays? Join Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, SVARA fellow, for rigorous, accessible Talmud learning as a deep spiritual practice in service of teshuva and transformation leading up to the Days of AWE-some.


In each stand-alone session, we dive into a text from the Talmud that relates to themes of this season: teshuva (forgiveness), our ethical and social responsibilities, what kind of person the Jewish tradition wants us to be, what kind of people we want to be, how the ancient rabbis dealt with the slippery and messy reality of human relationships, and how the complexity of their world invites us to consider the complexity of our own world.


We'll learn a complete text from the Talmud from start to finish each week, all in the original language (without the use of translation). All you need is the ability to decode your alef-bet (i.e. sound out your Hebrew letters), and you’ll be learning Talmud in the original Hebrew/Aramaic within your first hour. All are welcome in this mixed-level learning space: whether you're a Talmud newbie or an experienced SVARA-nik we can't wait to learn with you!


Details and registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceAXMycGGc1BWkJwwqQOQQF_fZKEA2dhHkbaJnFsCUNvg8Cw/viewform

6:45pm - 8:45pm

Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec St NW, Washington, DC 20008

About the Rabbis and Service Leaders

Rabbi Joseph Berman

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Rabbi Joseph Berman is the rabbi of the New Synagogue Project. Rabbi Joseph grew up outside Kansas City and received his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. A Wexner graduate fellow, Rabbi Joseph was ordained in 2010 by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, an unaffiliated and pluralistic seminary in Boston. Following ordination, he served for five years as the Rabbi of Temple B’nai Israel in Revere, Massachusetts. He has also worked as a farmer, chaplain, community organizer, and advocate for justice and equality for Palestinians and Israelis. He is the co-founder of Ruach Guild, a skill development and support group for activists who provide spiritual care to social justice movements and organizations. He is passionate about joyful Jewish observance, gardening, ultimate frisbee, and the power of community to create both personal and societal transformation.

Batya Levine

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 Batya Levine is a Jewish educator, ritual leader, facilitator, and musician. She leads spirited prayer and song in a variety of communities, including Isabella Freedman, Linke Fligl, SVARA, and Kavod Boston. She is a co-founder and organizer of Let My People Sing!, a national gathering that brings together a diversity of Jewish cultural and ethnic music for the sake of learning, sharing and creating liberatory singing space. Batya writes original music and her songs have traveled across prayer spaces and street protests, connecting people to themselves, each other, and spirit. Coming from a lineage of Jewish musicians, she has learned to use music as a powerful tool for healing and transformation. Batya is dedicated to carrying this practice forward, building resilience and interconnection on individual and communal levels. 

Rabbi Sarah Tasman

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Rabbi Sarah Tasman is the founder and CEO of the Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity which offers in-person and online resources for those seeking meaningful, accessible, and personalized Jewish learning, community classes & gatherings, and private spiritual coaching and rabbinic support. Rabbi Sarah is a dynamic and creative educator, spiritual leader and life cycle officiant based in Washington, DC and is a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow. She believes in the power of Jewish practice and learning to help us flourish and live more centered, meaningful and integrated lives. Whether she is teaching, leading or officiating, Rabbi Sarah specializes in making Judaism creative, personalized and accessible. Rabbi Sarah brings warmth, a rich knowledge of tradition and inclusivity to meet couples, families, and students wherever they are in order to create a meaningful experience. Previously, Rabbi Sarah was the InterfaithFamily/DC founding director, serving the needs of interfaith couples and families throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. She has also served as Senior Jewish Educator at Maryland Hillel and has taught at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Adas Israel Congregation and many area organizations. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2012. She also holds a master of Jewish Education and a certificate of non-profit management.