The Jewish New Year is upon us — usually a time for reflection, renewal, community and celebration. But this year, we won’t be schmoozing in synagogue or sitting around a packed holiday table, and we are yearning for connection.
To that end, the team at American Jewish World Service has created a ritual to bring us all together symbolically this New Year. It’s a Rosh Hashanah “seder” — a feast for justice — inspired by the tradition of Jews from Spain, North Africa, the Middle East and other lands to bless and eat a series of foods that symbolize our hopes for joy, strength and justice in the year ahead.
You’ve probably heard of eating apples and honey to bring a sweet new year. But what about celery for health or olives for peace? This ritual combines two of our favorite things: food and a commitment to social justice, and I hope you’ll add it to your New Year’s tradition.
Whether you will be celebrating virtually with family from across the country, at socially-distanced services, or enjoying a quiet dinner at home, use this resource below to spark hope in your heart and change in the world together with the AJWS community.
Wishing you a shanah tovah — a year of strength, health and action to build a better world.