Prepare for The High Holy Days

The month of Elul allows us to prepare our body, mind, soul and world for the New Year. Please read below for all the ways you can take part in this transformation.

Prepare in TIME

Attend services during Elul, the 4 weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah. 


Use the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah to write letters or call those with whom you would like to repair relationships.


Prepare in SPACE

Book of Life

High Holy Day Opportunity for Reflection and Preparation

A learning, reflection, and spiritual deepening process that encourages a writing practice based on our deepest yearning that we and those we love will be "written into the Book of Life-Zochreinu L'Chayyim" for a year of goodness, health, and peace. The Book of Life Project gives each person the opportunity to make this tradition real in their lives as we meet weekly (in person and now on ZOOM) for meditation, reflection, study, and community. It is our opportunity to

“partner with our future selves.”

We will meet on Thursdays

@ 4:30pm PT/ 7:30pm ET

August 20, 27

Setember 3, 10, 17, 24

October 1


Please join us and register here

Bring an open heart and a journal.


Prepare in HOME

Set up your home as Jewish space for participating in the High Holy Day Services. Put out fresh cut flowers, apples and honey, candles, a shofar or other meaningful Jewish objects.

Set your table with a beautiful cloth, pictures of loved ones and other items that will help your home become a sacred space. 

Dress for the occasion: wear clothes that help you feel special and in the moment. Try out wearing a kittel or other traditional white garments. 

Festive Pre-Made Meal Options:

Order online at Ladle & Leaf by Monday, September 14 at noon and your order will be available for contact-less pickup in front of the JCC at 3200 California Street, SF on Thursday, September 17 from 4:45-6:00pm


Epic Bites Catering wishing you a healthy and successful new year with a full Rosh HaShanah Menu

Want to follow along with the High Holy Day Machzorim (prayerbooks)? Here are two ways to get them:

Hard copy prayerbooks from CCAR for you to add to their Jewish library.

Kindle version to use while watching the services on a different device

Tashlich can be observed anytime during the 10 Days of Awe. Click this link to see various traditions to include in your observance. Click here

Click here for video tutorials

Here are PDF Coloring Pages for you and/or your child(ren) to share. 



Participate in a variety of opportunities to repair your community and the world around you. 

Join How To Be An Anti Racist Book club,  Tzedek Council work, Unity group or participate in an implicit bias training

for Selichot. Click here for more


Prepare in COMMUNITY

Join one of our Emanu-El B’Bayit small groups leading up to the holidays and CONNECT