The High Holidays – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – are a time for reflection, renewal, and new beginnings. Our High Holiday services, held annually at the Brookside Community Center in Mendham, NJ, are a time for us to gather as a community and also welcome new members and families for the new year. Services are included in the membership fee for current members, and we welcome prospective members for a small donation.
Kahal Chaverim celebrates the High Holidays in ways consistent with our humanistic philosophy and our Jewish cultural heritage. We offer creative, meaningful, non-theistic High Holiday services that are relevant to our contemporary lives and thought. We find special meaning in these high holidays and enjoy sharing this important time with family, friends and community. Please join Kahal Chaverim for the 2017 High Holidays.
Unlike traditional congregations, our primary Rosh Hashanah service is on “Erev” Rosh Hashanah, the evening before the first day of Rosh Hashanah. We gather for a celebratory service that includes the traditional blowing of the shofar, followed by a pot-luck sharing of dessert – a sweet way to start the new year. During the day on Rosh Hashanah we gather for a short service and adult discussion, while the children engage in a children’s service / activity. In 2017, as part of our High Holidays, the Erev Rosh Hashanah service will be on Wednesday, September 20 in Randolph, NJ, and the Rosh Hashanah day gathering will be on Thursday, September 21 in Mendham, NJ.
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Yom Kippur is a time for Jews to remember and ask forgiveness, and the Kahal Chaverim Yom Kippur services help us to celebrate in a meaningful, thought-provoking way that is consistent with our Humanistic beliefs. Our Erev Yom Kippur service, Kol Nidre, is held the evening before the day of Yom Kippur and features the melodic and traditional Kol Nidre music.
Our Yom Kippur day service is a moving and reflective memorial service, and included in our service is a memorial we call Nizkor, “Let us Remember.” Although our service is largely in English, we also include the traditional Mourners Kaddish in Hebrew. After the Yom Kippur Memorial Service we join in a “Break-the-Fast”, a meal where all members of the congregation bring a dish to share. Our Break-the-Fast is a holiday tradition for us and one that we all enjoy. In 2017, the Kol Nidre service will be on Friday, September 29 at the Randolph Community Center in Randolph, NJ, and the Memorial Service and break-the-fast on Saturday, September 30 also at the Randolph Community Center.
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We hope you can join us for one of our 2017 High Holidays. If you’d like more information or would like to reserve seats for yourself and your family at one of our services, please contact us using the form below.
For Non-members, a $100 suggested donation per family covers all of the High Holiday events, and if you choose to join the congregation the fee will be applied to annual dues.