High Holidays

For this new year, we invite you to bring fresh inspiration into your Shabbat practice and rituals. This sweet season on the Jewish calendar is all about looking back on the year and marking moments for fresh starts, different perspectives, new guests, and moving forward. 

Try out new traditions – maybe it’s an added ingredient in your challah recipe, a candle-lighting ritual borrowed from another Jewish culture, or welcoming someone brand new into your home for Friday night dinner. And, we’re here to help!

Host a Shabbat dinner with OneTable this week and any Friday night during the High Holidays. Post your dinner today to get started. (If you’re not a OneTable host yet, sign up here.) 

Jewtina y Co and OneTable's El Seder de Rosh Hashaná: Edición Latina

Rosh Hashanah is one of the many holidays that calls for a celebratory meal. As we begin the new year, it is our custom to eat simanim (symbolic foods), say blessings, and make wishes for the new year ahead. While Rosh Hashanah Seders are more typically celebrated in Sephardi and Mizrahi homes, more Jews from around the world are starting to incorporate this practice into their New Year celebrations. (In English and en Español) 

Reflecting Through Elul

Elul, the last month of the year on the Jewish calendar, is often marked as a sacred time to set intentions and prepare for the new year and High Holidays. To get in the zone, check out these insights on Shabbat rituals to bring even more intention to your Friday night.


The High Holidays start with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holidays continue with Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah.

Welcome the time with a mind open to possibility. Taste the potential of the future with the sweetness of apples and honey, hear it in the shofar blasts and in the melodies of age-old prayers.

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Shabbat Shuvah Dinner Guide

Falling between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat of Return, ushers in a unique opportunity to reflect on the year that was and welcome the year to come. This OneTable guide will help you host a Friday night dinner on Friday, Sept. 30, creating a sense of holiday-inspired wonder at your table.

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Mitsui Collective and OneTable's Sukkot Shabbat: Resilience in a Time of Pandemic

As we prepare to bring in Shabbat — the proverbial “Temple in Time” — within the holiday of Sukkot, we honor all of the ways in which we have had to create impermanent shelters that have enabled us to weather the wilderness of the pandemic. Let us celebrate ourselves and each other — whether you have a physical Sukkah in your yard, patio, or balcony; or your Sukkah exists only in the metaphysical realm of your imagination, we celebrate the creation of sacred space and time and the opportunity to dwell within its midst.

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Shemini Atzeret Guide

In Hebrew, Shemini Atzeret literally means the Eighth (Shemini) day of Assembly (Atzeret) — an eighth day of gathering and celebration that follows Sukkot. Both connected to Sukkot and a distinct holiday of its own, Shemini Atzeret exists to elevate the spiritual aspects of this seven-day festival, among them our connection to the natural world.

This year, Erev (Eve of) Rosh Hashanah is Friday, Sept. 15 (1 Tishrei) and continues Sept. 15-17 (1-2 Tishrei). Yom Kippur begins with Kol Nidre on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 24, and continues Monday, Sept. 25 (10 Tishrei).

On Yom Kippur, some fast, some pray, and some sit in quiet contemplation. This day, the most solemn and sacred of the Jewish year, is an invitation to focus on human being rather than human doing.

On the heels of solemnity, joy during Sukkot. Embrace the impermanence of wandering under sun and stars in a temporary booth or sukkah, welcome nature with the sweet citrus of the etrog and the lush greens of the lulav.

Simchat Torah, when the end and beginning of the Torah are read in one breath. A cycle, never ending, sending you anew into the year and awaiting you again at year end.

Additional Questions

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Visit HighHolidays@Home and download booklets for DIY Jewish rituals, curated especially for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. Download a simple Rosh Hashanah Seder and Yom Kippur Guidebook or mix and match to create and post your own holiday gathering.