For those who might not know, some of the most important Jewish holidays of the year occur in the fall. Known as the High Holidays, they include Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).
This year, on Friday, September 18, at sundown marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, followed by Yom Kippur on September 27. Much like Christmas and Easter for Christians, even nonreligious Jews often attend synagogue on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, even if we rarely (or ever) attend the rest of the year.
Reading through the High Holidays
Like all gatherings, our celebrations will look different this year, whether we celebrate with loved ones in a safe, socially distant fashion or attend services via Zoom. If you’re looking for ways to welcome the year 5781 from home, try these books about Jewish life, aimed at all ages.
Shanah Tovah and Gut Yontif to all who celebrate.
Rebecca Hayes is an Adult Services Librarian at Morton Grove Public Library.