Rosh Hashanah Service

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If you are participating in the service: 

  • Download the reading HERE so you can follow along
  • You will not be participating in breakout groups. Please use this contemplative time to journal or share with your family. 


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A Note from the Rabbi about ROSH HASHANAH and THIS SERVICE

Thank you for your interest in Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year!

This is a time to delight in life, against all odds; a time to open the gates to the possibility of a new future. It is a time to remember that we have a hand in shaping our destiny — and loving acts, kindness, asking for and extending forgiveness, and being of service can all help to shape our future. 

  • Every year on the new moon closest to the fall equinox, Jews gather for Rosh Hashanah — Rosh, meaning head/start, and Shana, meaning year, or change. The start of new changes, a new year!
  • Our new year is not about a big party with champagne and dancing, but rather a time when we are asked to go inward to reflect on the past year of our lives – to see where we may have erred or gotten off-track. In our reflections, we recalibrate ourselves to our highest values and sacred purpose. We lovingly look at how we are showing up in the world, and how we can be a better version of ourselves.
  • On Rosh Hashanah, we are taught, the Divine Gates open up, and we pray to be “written into the Book of Life” for another year of life. Ten days later, when we gather for Yom Kippur, our Day of At-one-ment, we pour out our hearts for the world and re-align with the Divine forces, before the gates close again. We understand ourselves to be co-authors with the Divine in shaping our future.
  • This year amidst the pandemic, we won’t be gathering with our families and communities in synagogues, but rather, meet with the help of electric Zoom magic, in a kind of a synagogue without walls, a global community, as the Shift Network does for all its weavings! This year, we are charged with reimagining how we will recreate the world, not only our holiday prayers!
  • This year, the Jewish New Year coincides with the International Day of Peace, during which The Shift Network is holding the Shift Summit & Music Festival. This sacred event offers the unique opportunity to also gather together for the start of this powerful new moon, and Rosh Hashanah. 
  • I invite you to pray, sing, meditate and listen to the voice of Spirit with me on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, September 18.  
  • You are welcome to join us for holiday prayers and meditation with the Metivta Center for Contemplative Judaism, based in LA, CA! The service will be streamed for all participants to access at the Shift Summit & Music Festival. 
  • These are not like the services of your childhood! You do not have to be Jewish. You do not need to know Hebrew. You only need a desire to renew and refresh your spirit.

Join me to refind your God-place, and set off ripples of peace and sanity in the world around you!

With Love and Blessings,

Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone


A video from Rabbi Tirzah on Preparing for the High Holy Days

More about Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD, is an author, Jungian therapist, and the founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. She was ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi in 1992 and is a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement. She served as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights, North America (now known as T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.) Widely known for her work on Jewish feminism and the modern applications of Jewish mystical wisdom, Firestone teaches nationally on Jewish  ancestral healing and the common boundary between ancient Jewish  spirituality and modern psychology. Her most recent book is Wounds Into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma. For more about Rabbi Firestone, go to