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High Holy Days 2020



As we approach the High Holy Days in this time of COVID-19, how do we reimagine our celebration of PJTC’s spiritual and social peak experience of the year?

With the same heart, energy, excellence, and dedication to community we always do, of course!

To keep our community safe, PJTC has decided to go “all virtual” for this holiday season, with no in-person services on our campus, but with more variety of opportunities for spiritual elevation and social connection than ever before. This is the year that more people than ever will have access to our uplifting services. This the year that PJTC will have more to offer our diverse community – in prayer, in learning, in soulful meditation, in deep conversation – than we have at any time in our first 100 years.

Please take a look below to see what we have in store, and we’d be delighted for you to join us. In the spirit of leading with generosity, we are offering access to all our services and opportunities to gather virtually at no cost to you, whether you are a member of PJTC or not.



We look forward to celebrating the High Holy Days with our community and are committed to making this High Holy Day season the best it can be.

Based on PJTC membership feedback, current public health data, and recent government orders, we were guided to make the following decisions:

  • All holiday services will be live streamed from our beautiful Galpert Sanctuary, led by our clergy and davening team, following best practices of health and safety, without congregational seating.
  • In addition to live services, there will be several services and programs available on a recorded basis and some interactive (Zoom) sessions, as well as congregation-wide initiatives that encourage us all to collaborate through art, thought-provoking discussion, and home ritual.  

While we cannot all physically be together, we insist that how we celebrate our High Holy Days at PJTC reminds us that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves, and we are all in this together.

For more information about the congregational feedback we received that helped inform this decision, please click here.

The Month of Elul | Aug 21 - Sept 18, 2020

A full month of emotional and spiritual preparation... 

The month prior to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is Elul. It is used as a time to mentally, emotionally and spiritually prepare for the transition to a new year. Jewish leaders encourage the month of Elul to be a time of introspection and personal stock-taking (known in Hebrew as cheshbon hanefesh…an accounting of the soul), as well as a time for repentance (known in Hebrew as teshuvah...returning). The customs of Elul are meant as preparation for Rosh Hashanah, when Jewish tradition teaches us that divine judgement and forgiveness is given.

Programming: Our clergy and staff have created an enriching assortment of community-based activities and explorations to help us each, together, ready ourselves for the new year. Click here to review the many ways you can experience Elul with PJTC.

Rosh Hashanah | Sept 18 - 20, 2020

Let's take stock & rejoice! 

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year, taking place at the beginning of the month of Tishrei - the beginning of the Jewish civil calendar year. It is a two-day celebration of the new year, which follows a month of spiritual and emotional preparation during the month of Elul. This celebration is meant to both rejoice in the completion of another year and to look inward and take stock of that year that has passed. Rosh Hashanah also precedes the Ten Days of Repentance, also known as the Days of Awe, which concludes in the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. A major part of the Jewish High Holy Day traditions, Rosh Hashanah has its own customs we practice.

To learn more about the customs and significance of Rosh Hashanah, as well as find some helpful online resources and details about our upcoming programming and services, click here.

Yom Kippur | Sept 27 - 28, 2020

May you be inscribed for a good year in the Book of Life! 

Yom Kippur is the Jewish religion's Day of Atonement (reparation for a wrong or injury). Jews traditionally ask for forgiveness for their wrongdoings over the past year, believing that on this day, God places a seal on the Book of Life, in which he has inscribed our names for the year to come. This one day of observation falls ten days after Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), beginning at sundown and ending at sundown the following day.

To learn more about the customs and significance of Yom Kippur, as well as find some helpful online resources and details about our upcoming programming and services, click here.

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