Kesher Marin High Holy Day Options 2018 / 5779

The New Year is coming and we're delighted to share local offerings for your High Holiday celebrations - for the 4th year in a row.  The regular monthly Kesher calendar will be sent next week but with Rosh Hashanah beginning the evening of Sunday, September 9th, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of time to peruse the options of family friendly happenings.  
If you have any questions regarding High Holy Day tickets, synagogues, or if you'd like to get connected to other families for the High Holy Days, please feel free to contact me
The festivities kick off this Sunday:

Sunday, August 26
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Osher Marin JCC, Kesher Marin and REBOOT
Pop-Up Jewish Marin: High Holiday Reflection and Renewal at San Rafael Farmers Market
A pop-up to get you ready for reflection and intention-setting in the coming year! Activities are engaging and fun for all ages, 0-100!


Deb o rah - K esher Marin Community Concierge
The following organizations are offering family friendly High Holiday services and celebrations in and around Marin.  Click on the image or link for details about each organization's service schedule and ticket policies. Several are free and others have sliding scales.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to  contact me.  

Congregation Rodef Sholom, San Rafael - Reform
Traditional Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are held at the Marin County Civic Center auditorium. Lay-led services rich in song and teaching are offered on the first morning of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur morning in the Rodef Sholom sanctuary. Congregation Rodef Sholom also holds age-specific children's services in both the sanctuary and the Osher Marin JCC Lounge. The general public is welcome to attend all day services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the Civic Center and Children's services held at Rodef Sholom.
Learn more about High Holidays at Rodef Sholom

Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon- Conservative
Congregation Kol Shofar is a dynamic congregation rooted in the enduring values of Jewish traditions, while embracing innovations that enrich contemporary Jewish life. We cultivate personal spiritual growth and connection to a caring community. Kol Shofar truly has something for everyone this year: from traditional services to musical meditation, youth programming, and a family picnic, too.  
Learn more about High Holidays at  Kol Shofar .  

Meaningful and melodic prayer with insightful thoughts to guide and inspire you throughout the service - all in a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment. Whether your background in Jewish prayer and practice is extensive or limited, the services will leave you feeling enriched, connected, uplifted and energized to start your New Year in a most meaningful way. There is no mandatory seat charge, donations are greatly appreciated. Kids love the children's program and learn a lot in the process ensuring that Chabad High Holidays will be a meaningful and enjoyable experience for the entire family.
Learn more about High Holidays at  Chabad of Novato.

C habad of Marin, San Rafael - Orthodox
The Chabad theme is "A celebration of Jewish life." This embodies our endeavor to bring the most profound elements of Jewish thought and experience within reach of the Jewish population of the Northbay and beyond. Chabad is built on warmth, friendship and non-judgmental acceptance.
Learn more about High Holidays at  Chabad of Marin .

Chabad of Mill Valley, - Orthodox
T o join Chabad of Mill Valley for the High Holidays is to enjoy an inspiring synthesis of delights for body and soul. Services are not only about prayers and rituals, but  about celebrating one's Judaism as a dynamic and enriching community experience; an experience harmoniously shared by Jews of any and all backgrounds. Whether you've joined Chabad for High Holidays past or whether this is your first time celebrating with us, you and your family can look forward to ushering in the New Year enveloped by the uplifting spirit of joy, discovery and solidarity that is the hallmark of this unique program. JOIN US AND SEE FOR YOURSELF... how sweet it is!
Learn more about High Holidays at  Chabad of Mill Valley

Gan HaLev, San Geronimo Valley - Independent
Gan HaLev is a unique, culturally rich, diverse congregation using participatory Judaism that lends itself to nurturing a sense of community, social justice and individual spiritual, cultural, and intellectual growth. Programs include Shabbat and holiday services and celebrations. Our small congregation offers a warm, inviting opportunity to welcome the new Jewish year in celebration, reflection, music, poetry and prayers for a sweet New Year of peace and harmony for all peoples. Rabbi Meredith Cahn will be leading the services.
Learn more about High Holidays at Gan HaLev .
Marin Mishpucha, Southern Marin - Independent
We are a DIY community, led by a group of volunteers, unaffiliated with any synagogue or institution. We gather to celebrate Jewish community, holidays, and other aspects of Jewish culture, to perform acts of service for the community, and to help instill Jewish values and traditions among our children.
Learn more about High Holidays with   Marin Mishpucha.

Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco- Classic Reform
Congregation Emanu-El is a vibrant, sacred Jewish community that is essential in the lives of our congregants. We are dedicated to connecting members with their Judaism and history at the highest level and bringing Jewish values to life in meaningful and inspiring ways. No pass or tickets required for some family services.
Learn more about High Holidays at Congregation  Emanu-El.

The Kitchen, San Francisco - Indy
We believe that Jewish religious practice can transform: It can change lives, make meaning, and invest people in the world. This transformation requires a flexible, living ecosystem of Jewish experiences. That's what we're building. The Kitchen is a religious community, deeply grounded in serious exploration of Jewish tradition, text, and ritual. We are creating a spiritually engaging community of seekers at all levels of Jewish knowledge and experience.
Learn more about High(er)  Holidays at The Kitchen.

Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley - Renewal
Participatory, art and music filled high holy days for the whole family. On Rosh Hashanah, create a beautiful pageant with puppets, stilts, masks & shofars.  On Yom Kippur, special service for young children with Jen Miriam Altman, and participatory creative family program with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb. Forgive, renew, and connect in Jewish community.
Learn more about High Holidays at  Chochmat HaLev.

 REBOOT,Virtual -  Independent
Reboot affirms the value of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for people to make them their own.  Inspired by Jewish ritual and embracing arts, culture and social justice, REBOOT helps people rekindle connections and re-imagine Jewish lives full of meaning, creativity and joy.  
Learn more about High Holidays with 

Urban Adamah,Berkeley -  Independent
Join Urban Adamah and torah of Awakening as we journey together into the new year.  Our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services include chanting, meditation, non-dual Jewish enlightenment teachings dancing, zikr, separate farm-based children's programming and more!  Led by Reb Brian Yosef, Skayk Issa Baba, and the sacred music ensemble BRIAH.   Special offerings will also be given by Rabbi Diane Elliot, Professor Danny Matt, Jen Miriam, Miriam Peretz, Estelle Frankel  and others.  
Learn more about High Holidays at   Urban Adamah .

Camp Tawonga, Oakland - JCCA
Join the Camp Tawonga community on Sunday, September  from 3-5pm for our annual Erev Rosh Hashanah Celebration! This year, we will gather in the beautiful redwoods of Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland for an inspiring outdoor service and celebration. All are welcome! This is a family-friendly service full of Tawonga spirit, learning, love and music led by our service founders Deborah Newbrun, Sue Reinhold, and Isaac Zones.
Register for High Holidays with  Camp Tawonga.

Wilderness Torah, Sonoma Co. -  Independent
Join the Wilderness Torah community in Sonoma County for an earth-based, High Holiday journey of celebration, cleansing, reflection, releasing, and intention-setting for the coming year. For each holiday we will gather in community at a Sonoma County location (TBD) for a two-day retreat co-facilitated by Maggid Zelig Golden, Rachel Ruach, Mikey Pauker, Aleksandra Dubov, and other community members in a collaborative ritual environment. Retreats include welcoming, multi-generational village in nature, 25-hour Yom Kippur Sacred fire and kids care during services. Learn more about High Holidays at   Wilderness Torah.

For more information on events and programs, contact Deborah Burg-Schnirman: 415-529-3240,



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