Family Friendly Rosh Hashanah Events And Services

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year begins September 20th and ends September 22nd, is a time of celebration, renewal, reflection and prayer. It is customary to eat apples dipped in honey for a sweet year and wish people a “Shanah Tovah”, a good year.  It's a time to ask for forgiveness and commit to intentions of doing better. The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are spent in serious introspection with Yom Kippur, the "Day of Atonement" as one of the most solemn days of the Jewish year. Yom Kippur, which begins at sunset on Friday, September 29 and ends at sundown on Saturday, September 30.

Many Jews will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. It is a day set aside to atone for the sins of the past year and focus on how we will change.  Because the holiday cycle is based on the Jewish calendar which is a modified lunar calendar, the days change from year to year. 


Sunday, September 10, The Rosh Hashanah Crafts Cafe, 2-4pm, Chabad of Mill Valley.

Rosh Hashana Fun Fair, Sunday, September 17, 10am-2pm, Amazing interactive beekeeping show, by master beekeeper, Rosh Hashanah crafts and activities, Live Shofar Demo and exhibit, Apple Tasting, Fish Toss, Learn about the meaning of the Jewish New Year, Chabad Jewish Center, Novato.

Pop-Up Jewish Marin: High Holiday Reflection & Renewal, Sunday, September 17, 8am-1pm, Marin Civic Center Farmer’s Market for family friendly activities.



Congregation Rodef Sholom, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael - Reform

Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon, Conservative

Chabad Jewish Center of Novato, Orthodox

Chabad of Marin, San Rafael, Orthodox

Chabad of Mill Valley, Orthodox

Gan HaLev, San Geronimo Valley, Independent


Drop-In Art Studio: Beeswax Studio with Blick Art Materials, September 10, 11am-3pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum

Rosh Hashanah Puppet Show and Maker Studio, September 17, 11:30am-1pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum

Temple Emanu-El, Reform

The Kitchen, Indy

High Holy Days, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco County Fair Building, Independent

Or Shalom Jewish Community, Reconstructionist


Urban Adamah, Berkeley, Independent

Camp Tawonga, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland

Jewish Music Festival Kids Concert, September 17, 12:45-1:30pm, Temple Israel & Community Center, Alameda

Jewish Gateways Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
JCC East Bay, Berkeley, Berkeley