Holidays

Judaism Your Way offers opportunities to celebrate many Jewish holidays in community. In addition to the High Holy Days, we currently offer an annual young family Hanukkah celebration, an 8th Night Passover Seder, and three musical Shabbat experiences.

https://www.judaismyourway.org/programs-events/high-holy-days/

At Judaism Your Way’s free High Holy Day services, we welcome nearly 6,000 Jews and loved ones to the Denver Botanic Gardens for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Judaism Your Way participants seek authentic Jewish experiences without judgment. Our clergy offer a teaching that explores this philosophy, what we call the “Torah of Inclusion.” Using Jewish and contemporary sources of inspiration, we practice a maximally inclusive, robust, and vital Judaism that welcomes all Jews and loved ones.

We look forward to seeing you to celebrate the Jewish New Year 5778 on September 20-21, & 29-30 2017.

Here’s what past participants have to say about our services:

The JYW concept is very fresh and refreshing. The organization and people are very engaging, friendly and bright. The services were both traditional and contemporary. The staff was helpful and nice. The entire experience was a 10 on a scale of 10.

These services are not just recitation of prayers. They draw you in spiritually through the varied music, give you much to think about, and make you feel a part of the service. You are included, not just an observer.

[JYW services] are welcoming, inclusive and the outdoor setting is intoxicating and amplifies the service. The services make Judaism accessible and understandable. At the same time, the history and depth of study are not forgotten. The teamwork is also clear and is part of the warmth of the service. It even transfers to knowing that there is a group inside having an equally fulfilling experience.

[JYW services] are welcoming, inclusive and the outdoor setting is intoxicating and amplifies the service. The services make Judaism accessible and understandable. At the same time, the history and depth of study are not forgotten. The teamwork is also clear and is part of the warmth of the service. It even transfers to knowing that there is a group inside having an equally fulfilling experience.

My 6 year old daughter cried at the second recitation of Kol Nidre. When I asked her what was wrong she said, "nothing, mommy, the song is just making me cry." I hugged her and told I understood. We walked the rest of the way through Cheesman Park to our new home in Denver in silence, holding hands, pushing her brother in his stroller all the while smiling, feeling peaceful and ease with ourselves, with nature and with G-d.

What makes our High Holy Days different?

  • Participants choose from two rabbinic teams and two locations at the Denver Botanic Gardens: outdoor tent or climate-controlled indoor space.
  • Rabbinic leadership represents 4 major denominations: Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and Jewish Renewal.
  • There is no cost to participate and after services, JYW participants are welcome to spend the rest of the holiday in the Denver Botanic Gardens, free of charge.
  • JYW utilizes an original machzor(prayer booklet) that combines fresh English translations of traditional Hebrew prayers, poems and writings from other faith traditions, and contemporary music.
  • Average service length is approximately two-hours long. In offering a shorter service, we acknowledge and honor participants’ desire to pray in community and find balance in their busy lives.