ROIers Create Resources to Connect and Inspire this High Holiday Season

  • Team ROI

September 8, 2020

  • ROI Community
  • ROI HQ Updates
  • ROIer Impact

Need help navigating the High Holidays this year? (Who doesn’t?!) Whether you’ll be attending socially-distanced activities or tuning in from home, ROI Community members have you covered with resources in prayer, art, music and more! We reached out to our incredible network of changemakers and here are some of the initiatives they’ve created to help you stay connected and inspired, no matter how you plan to celebrate 5781:

Accessibility Toolkit - Matan Koch’s goal is to make sure that this year’s online services are accessible to the one-in-five Jews with disabilities. Learn what steps you can take before and after (and during, of course!) to ensure that your online programming is as accessible as possible for all people.

Rosh Hashanah Haggadah - The guest list for your Rosh Hashanah dinner may be smaller than usual this year, but that's no reason for it not to be meaningful...Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz created this Haggadah (in partnership with the Schusterman Family Foundation) to guide you through a Rosh Hashanah Seder. Yes, there's a Seder for Rosh Hashanah. Yes, it's awesome. Yes, food puns are included. What are you waiting for?!

The Rosh Hashanah Seder: Latinx Edition - Analucía Lopezrevoredo created this Rosh Hashanah Seder guide that explores the traditions of Rosh Hashanah while also celebrating Latinx culture. Our favorite thing about this guide? The mouthwatering Latin American recipes for each of the simanim!

At The Well High Holiday Guide - Sarah Waxman has designed her Well Circles to bring Jewish women together for learning, storytelling and support. Using those same principles, this High Holiday guide marks the new year with ritual and intention and includes meditations, reflection prompts, group learning activities and more!

Inspired 5781: More Art, More Awe - Rebecca Guber, founder and director of Asylum Arts, teamed up with artists from around the world to bring you high-quality creative content perfect for people of all ages. Inspired 5781 is filled with kid-friendly activities, e-cards with Israeli flora, Yemenite holiday melodies, and even a virtual Tashlich. There’s so much to discover, but we recommend starting with these activity pages created by fellow ROIer Chari Pere!

STREAM - Speaking of Tashlich, Deanna Neil recorded this 10-minute meditation to guide you through the traditional atonement ritual that takes place in the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. If you are looking for ways to be more present and mindful in your own practice, this is a great place to start.

#HereForCreation - For Eli Kaplan Wildmann, creating art is a spiritual act. Join him throughout the month of Elul and the High Holidays for weekly craft projects and start using art and creation to connect to the spirit of the holidays. It’s fun for the whole family!

High Holidays @ Home - Eileen Levinson and her team knocked this comprehensive guide out of the park! Complete with resources for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, you’ll find plenty of material to elevate your socially-distanced celebrations.



ROI Community is an international network of over 1,600 Jewish activists, entrepreneurs and innovators in their 20s and 30s who are enhancing Jewish engagement and fostering positive social change globally. The projects highlighted here reflect solely the opinions of the project creators and do not necessarily represent the views of ROI Community, the Schusterman Foundation, its partner organizations or all network members.