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.

Did you have to choose between celebrating with your BWC family and other family in past years? As we plan for the programs to be held over Zoom, geography is no longer a barrier! Invite friends and families from near and far to join together in community for the High Holidays with BWC. Click here to get your tickets, and share with loved ones.

  • Rosh Hashanah Service: Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2020, 11am - 12:15pm on Zoom

  • (followed by an optional potluck hosted by the Board, 12:30pm)

  • Yom Kippur Service: Monday, Sept. 28th, 2020, 11am - 12:15pm on Zoom

  • (after registering, you can submit names for recognition

  • in memorial portion of the service)


  • Children's Programs: during community service, 11:15 - 11:45am

  • (click here to sign up for children's services)


  • This year, we are also planning additional ways to be connected to our traditions and each other throughout the days of awe with new rituals for tashlikh and more. When you register for the High Holidays, you will automatically receive all updates about Days of Awe programming.

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  • This year, we have daily member-created content throughout the Days of Awe. These offerings were designed by BWC members to support personal and communal reflection. Explore our Days of Awe calendar here for resources and events to inspire you each day.

  • To receive a daily email with these resources and inspiration sent straight to your inbox during the Days of Awe, sign-up here.


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.

Still need to join/renew your BWC membership for 2020-2021? Click here. Not sure if your membership is current? Email