5777 High Holidays

Reflect. Renew. Recommit.

As we welcome the New Year 5777 on the Jewish Calendar, we pause to take a step out of our busy year, the months and news cycles that collide into each other. We reflect on the grief of the year past, the victories, the mis-steps and the close calls. On Rosh Hashanah, tradition tells us our fate for the coming year is written in the Book of Life, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed—what will we commit to building in the coming year that might change the course of our own lives, and how will we commit ourselves to movements for justice in the year to come?

This year, JVP is hosting live digital services led by some of our greatest Rabbis and spiritual lay leaders from congregations and havurot spanning the country. Join us in prayer, song, and inspiring text that interweaves Immigrant Justice, the Movement for Black Lives, and Palestine throughout the new year’s themes of reflection, return, and renewal.


JVP hopes to provide deep, values-based services for our members and continue growing our justice-seeking community. We will update this page with more information about how you can join us. If you’re a JVP member (you can become a member here or check your membership status here) you will receive an email with the details.

10/02, Oakland CA
8:30pm-11:00pm CST
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Kehilla Community Synagogue
Immigrants and Refugees, Longing and Home


10/03, Chicago IL
10:00am CST (11:15am sermon)
Rosh Hashanah Day One
Tzedek Chicago
Affirming a Diaspora-Centered Judaism

Please forgive some of the distorted audio in this video, caused by technical difficulties.
Rabbi Rosen’s sermon is undistorted, and begins at the 2:06:50 mark.


To view the video in a larger format, click here.

10/8, Nogales AZ / Mexico
8:30-10:00pm CST
Days of Awe
School of the Americas Watch Convergence
Interfaith Service: Teshuvah and Immigration / Borders

SOAW Teshuva Prayer (PDF)


10/11, Philadelphia PA
5:00pm CST (7:00pm sermon)
Kol Nidre
Tikun Olam & Fringes Havurot
Facing Our Deepest Challenges: As Jews & Americans

Kol Nidre Ritual Guide (PDF)

Kol Nidre Mourning Ritual (PDF)


10/12, Chicago IL
10:00am CST (11:15am sermon)
Yom Kippor Morning
Tzedek Chicago
Movement for Black Lives


If I Forget Thee O Hebron: An Interfaith Martyrology

10/12, Philadelphia PA
4:00pm-5:00pm CST
Yom Kippor Afternoon
Tikun Olam & Fringes Havurot
“If I forget Thee O Hebron”: An Interfaith Martyrology Service


10/12, Oakland CA
8:30pm-10:00pm CST
Kehilla Community Synagogue
Powerful Musical Closing (just audio)


Ushpizin Incantations: A Sukkot Supplement

Ushpizin is the custom of inviting in guests into your Sukkah.

Send JVP’s Rosh Hashanah card to a dear friend, or two, to bless their arrival at the beginning of a new year.

Cover Image:
Wendy Elisheva Somerson,
JVP Artists and Cultural Workers Council

“Humble Strength.” 12×12 encaustic painting on wood panel. 

The ram’s horn (shofar) and pomegranates are common symbols associated with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year representing awakening and righteousness.


To Welcome in the New Year

Narrow Bridge Yahrzeit Candles

The yahrzeit candle is lit during the week of Shiva (mourning). It is also lit at sundown on the eve of the yahrzeit (anniversary of the death) and at sundown preceding the start of Yom Kippur and at sundown preceding the last day of Suckot, Passover and Shavuot.

Order your yahrzeit candles: www.narrowbridgecandles.com

Narrow Bridge Candles is a Jewish ritual candlemaking project in support of the full Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel (BDS). A Portion of Profits of Narrow Bridge Candles go to the Stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Campaign.

The deadline for ordering Yahrtzeit candles in time for Yom Kippur is Friday, September 16th. To receive Hanukkah Candles in time for Hanukkah, please place your order by Friday December 2nd, 2016 (2 Kislev 5777).

Cover Art by JB Brager

5777 Calendar

Organized by the Jewish months featuring art, culture and knowledge made by the brilliant and beautiful Jewish left. A celebration of Jewish culture that is intersectional, queer, feminist, anti-racist, and that challenges and builds a Judaism and Jewishness beyond Zionism. For more info: www.facebook.com/RadicalJewishCalendar

5777 Calendar Order Form
Once your order is submitted, please send payments to radjcal@gmail.com via www.paypal.com/ Please mark as “send to family and friends,” to avoid fees.

Order by Rosh Chodesh Elul (aka Sunday September 4th) for delivery by Rosh Hashana! Orders after September 4 will be filled as soon as possible but might arrive after the new year has come in.


Back in the mid-90s, three young Jewish women realized they could no longer keep silent about Israel’s occupation – and decided to do something about it. Watch their story – our story – here.



Researching the American Israeli Alliance and Jewish Voice for Peace’s report reveals the extent of massive training programs between U.S. law enforcement and Israeli police, military, and the Shin Bet.

End the Deadly Exchange

When US law enforcement trade tactics with the Israeli police and military, Israel deepens its military occupation and the US heightens its violence of policing.

Booking.com: Tell the Truth

Days ago, Booking.com bowed to pro-Israel activists and started describing all of Jerusalem as a “city in Israel” – literally erasing Palestinian East Jerusalem. Let’s get Booking.com to tell the truth: East Jerusalem is occupied territory.

Senators: Investigate Israeli Violence!

No one should be killed for taking part in a peaceful protest. It’s up to us to call on progressive Senators to investigate Israel’s massacre in Gaza that killed over 100 Palestinians wounded 12,000 others.

Huge Palestinian march with text overlaid reading "support the #greatreturnmarch"