The Days of Awe will feel different this year.

A Note about High Holy Days 5781/2020

We are saddened to announce that Nishmat Shoom will not be holding in-person Days of Awe services this year, the way we have for the past two years. This decision was made with the Jewish value of pikuach nefesh—prioritizing the importance of saving a life—in mind. Due to continued concerns about the pandemic, and our desire to protect all of our community, especially those who are most vulnerable, we will be doing something different this year.

We feel deep grief about the temporary loss of this in-person communal time, and we imagine this may bring up grief for those who have come to call this High Holiday community home, as we have. Of course, our intention is to return to in-person services and other gatherings when it is safe to do so, but for now, we are thinking creatively and planning for other things we can offer.

Nishmat Shoom’s Days of Awe offering this year will be a fabulous mix that could include at-home DIY rituals, nature-based experiences, downloadable songs, short live online gatherings, connections with other radical non-Zionist community services across the country, and more. More details will be posted on social media and sent to our mailing list.

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