WELCOMING: wandering Jews • wondering Jews • those of Jewish heritage • non-Jews • multiracial relationships • families • interfaith relationships • couples • adult children of interfaith families • Jews by choice • people of color • singles • LGBTQIA folks
High Holidays 2021 with Jewish Gateways
Jewish Gateways services are engaging and inclusive, in both English and Hebrew.
Services are warm, creative, honest, and open to all. We invite you to come as you are and connect with what you find meaningful.
No experience is necessary.
We will gather virtually, due to health concerns, joining together in our virtual tent, celebrating community and connection especially while we are apart. Tune in from your home and invite friends and family across the country to join you!
Due to Rabbi Bridget's injury, Rosh Hashanah Services will be led by her dear friend and colleague, Rabbi Ruth Adar. Rabbi Ruth grew up in rural Tennessee and found her way to Judaism in her 40's. Many in the Bay Area know her best as the “Coffee Shop Rabbi,” a program she started in 2008 to reach out to non-affiliated Jews and others who are curious about Judaism. Rabbi Ruth teaches "Introduction to the Jewish Experience," a practical class for those new to Jewish learning and community. She and her spouse Linda live in San Leandro near their adult children and grandchild.
Rosh Hashanah Schedule
Monday, September 6, 7:00-8:30pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Evening Service for the New Year
Tuesday, September 7
Rosh Hashanah Day
New Year Day
9:00-9:45am: Rosh Hashanah Family Service for children under 9 and their families
10:30am-12:00pm: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
12:45pm: Join Rabbi Ruth on Zoom for a meditative tashlich (ritual to toss away regrets).
Yom Kippur Schedule
Wednesday, September 15, 7:00-9:00pm
Erev Yom Kippur
Evening Service for the Day of Atonement
Thursday, September 16
Yom Kippur Day
Day of Atonement
9:00-9:45am: Yom Kippur Family Service for children under 9 and their families
10:30am-12:30pm: Yom Kippur Morning Service
6:00-7:30pm: Yom Kippur Afternoon Services
6:00-6:30pm: Healing Service
6:30-7:00pm: Yizkor • Memorial Service
7:00-7:30pm: Ne'ilah • Closing Service
"We discovered Jewish Gateways' High Holidays, and loved the mix of Hebrew and English, Rabbi Bridget’s excellent commentaries, the beautiful music. Enough tradition but very contemporary, and spoke to us where we are. We felt at home."
"The family service was great! Well explained at a kid’s level. Music was fantastic."
"Appreciated openness to interfaith families, LGBT, people of color, people with complicated relationships with their Judaism."