Rosh Hashonah / Yom Kippur 2021

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Songs and Poetry for Yom Kippur here.

Join the United Jewish People’s Order and the Morris Winchevsky School for our secular humanist celebrations of Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur.

We invite people from around the globe to join the United Jewish People’s Order and the Morris Winchevsky School for our online celebrations of the Jewish New Year. While we hope to be together in person soon, we remain vigilant in our concerns for safety.

Please join us for traditional shofar blowing, readings, poetry, and Yiddish, Hebrew and English music led by well-known Toronto musicians, David Wall and Marilyn Lerner — including the

Kol Nidre on Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashonah: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — 10:30-11:30 a.m. EDT

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 — 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT

To welcome the year 5782 on Rosh Hashonah we will light candles for LandBack, Climate Justice, Abolition, Health Care & Global Solidarity and share our sources of hope and inspiration. Our ceremony will be filled with music and poetry as we reflect on our emergence from the pandemic and on the world we hope to build.

Yom Kippur is a time of reflection and a time to remember and honour the dead. Together

we will grieve and honour those who have died from the pandemic, the Indigenous children

lost to the Residential School system, the children who are the recent victims of the protracted and painful struggle in Israel-Palestine and the Muslim family recently killed in London,

Ontario. Finally, we will celebrate the resilience of movements for justice and the importance

of community and mutual aid.

Last year Arundhati Roy saw the pandemic as a portal. One year later, Roy writes: “We’re still

moving through that portal. We haven’t transitioned. We still don’t know what the fallout of this havoc will be...The pandemic has also been like an X-ray showing up the horrific, systemic, institutionalised fault-lines of our egregiously unjust world. I do believe that there is still hope, because the suffering that Covid-19 has brought with it, physical as well as psychic, will make human beings reassess their lives and values, their wants, their desires. I can’t say the same about governments or Big Tech or banks. But if human societies, thus far brainwashed and driven by consumerism, suddenly stop in their tracks and think, it could drive real change.”

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