Secular High Holiday Observances

Rooted in a Jewish commitment to social justice, we have created unique programs of readings, reflection, and singing for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Whatever your level of Jewish knowledge - however you might define your own spirituality - we invite you to join us.

  • High Holidays will be hybrid for 2022, with both an in-person option at Eliot Church, 474 Centre St, Newton, and a virtual livestream option.

  • Programs can be found here.

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  • We are committed to making our in-person services as COVID-safe as possible. We are limiting the number of in-person tickets to allow for more breathing room, as well as requiring that all in-person attendees are fully vaccinated and remain masked for the duration of the services.

     Livestream ticket capacity is unlimited and will remain available to all.


  • Rosh Hashanah – Monday, September 26th 10 am-12 pm 

  • Followed by a kiddush on the lawn and a virtual kiddush on Zoom, at 12pm.

  • Tashlikh ceremonies will be hosted by neighborhood and online later in the afternoon. More information coming soon!

  • Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 5th, 10 am-12 pm


  • Family Program: For kids ages 4-7 years old and their caretaker(s). Takes place for 45-minutes during each service.


  • Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will have ASL interpretation and will be recorded.

  • The livestream link and the recording will be shared with all registrants.

  • In-person tickets are now full. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins.

  • Register for Virtual Kiddush!

    Join BWC for a virtual Kiddush to schmooze, meet new folks, and reflect on the new year! Register here



    at 4 p.m. on Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 26

    Everyone welcome, children & families, especially!


    TASHLIKH — (You shall cast away) is based on biblical passages - most notably from Micah (7:9) “You will hurl all of our sins into the depths of the sea”. The traditional word for “sin” is “khet”.  A more modern translation goes back to the original meaning of "khet" from archery -- “to miss the mark”.  


    We throw pebbles into the water to represent our “sins” and those burdens, regrets, disappointments, old thinking, missed opportunities, excuses, or rationalizations that interfere with our living full lives. At the same time, we embrace hope to do better and set our intentions on hitting our marks in the coming year. 


    What to throw? We suggest bringing pebbles to throw because bread, even challah, is not good for the ducks and geese. 



    You can view our Tashlikh program here



    In the event of rain, all tashlikh locations will meet at our virtual tashlikh.

    Arlington/Cambridge/Medford/Somerville will meet at Spy Pond in Arlington. There is a parking lot. Spy Pond is adjacent to the Minuteman Bikeway. The #77 Mass Ave Bus stops closest are Wyman St. and Franklin St.

    Coordinators: Marie Ariel and Patty Nolan

  • Boston/Brookline/Jamaica Plain will meet at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway. You can park on the side streets.

  • Coordinators: Naomi Isler and Miriam Habib

  • Newton/Watertown/West will be held in Watertown Square, at the dock along the river, right near the bridge. Many buses stop in Watertown Square, steps from this site.

    Coordinator: Marsha Lazar

  • Dorchester/Roxbury/Mattapan the Neponset River, at the Harvest River Bridge.  Easiest parking at Ryan Playground and ample side street parking nearby. Walk past the playground and ball courts and continue on the path that encircles the field.   Walk 1/4 way around the field, there's an entrance to the bike path and the bridge is right there. You can also walk onto the path that's directly at the parking lot and take a left to get to the bridge. 

    Coordinators: Bob Follansbee and Leah Madsen / text: 617-792-7529

  • Virtual Tashlikh online, on Zoom! Register here.

    Coordinator: Zohar Berman

  • If you and your family would like to join us at any of these gatherings, please fill out this interest form so we can coordinate rides and prepare large-print programs.

    Contact your local coordinators with any questions!

The High Holidays are the most highly attended gatherings of the year at Boston Workers Circle. They inspire, uplift, and remind us of the power of community.

Observances take place on the morning of the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on the morning of Yom Kippur. Adults and children of all ages are welcome. 

Look through past years ritual liturgy here.

Your High Holiday contribution sustains the community that makes these observances possible. Boston Workers Circle depends on the support we receive at the holidays each year. At the same time, we are committed to making sure that all feel welcome at our observances. You are always welcome whatever you are able to pay.

In-Person Tickets


In-person tickets are now full.  We are unable to accommodate walk-ins.


Livestream ONLY 
Member Pricing:
Sustainer: $126
Standard: $54
Young Adult / Low Income: $18 
Non-Member Pricing:
Sustainer: $200
Standard: $75
Young Adult / Low Income: $36
  • Each ticket covers Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, kiddush, and family services. Tashlikh is open to all, no ticket is necessary.
  • All in-person tickets come with the livestream link.
  • A family registration includes 2-6 people.
  • By purchasing in-person tickets, you attest that you are fully vaccinated and will wear a mask throughout the services.
  • No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you are unable to pay and would like to participate, please email