As with Passover, our observances of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 2020 are unlike anything we have ever experienced: drive-by shofar blowing, Zoom services, Yizkor-to-go bags, and more.
The Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice University wants to collect your reflections and photographs from the High Holiday 5781 season, to preserve a communal record of this time for future generations. In this time of social distancing and other ongoing difficulties, how were your preparations and observance of the holidays impacted? What was particularly meaningful or memorable for you about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this year? Who did you share them with, and how? What new and innovative customs did you participate in? What was the hardest adjustment or the most poignant aspect of this year’s holiday for you? What themes from the holiday liturgy felt especially relevant this year? What will you want to remember about these High Holidays in years to come?
Future historians depend on you! Share your 2020 High Holiday experiences with the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice University, so that we will remember how our community persevered through this challenging time. Please use this
Google form , or reach out to Dr. Joshua Furman at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to submit pictures or other materials.