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A global blessing Starting September 14th

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#NewYearPrayer

Starting on Thursday, September 14, 2017, be part of a global moment of reflection, hope, inspiration and unity in anticipation of the Jewish New Year. Through #NewYearPrayer, you can share your message of reflection, hope and inspiration for Rosh Hashanah. Join us, and pass it on!

There is beauty in creation,
in our love of others
And in our passion for peace and righteousness.
Let us celebrate it all.
#NewYearPrayer

92Y #NewYearPrayer Videos

A New Year: Artists from around the world celebrate the new year… with dance

The Call of the Shofar with Rabbi Elka Abrahamson and Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein

#NewYearPrayer song

Download the lyrics with sheet music and
the audio file from SoundCloud.

Exploring the mystery of Kol Nidre

Add Your Voice

Everyone is welcome. Raise your own voice, or get your community involved. Become part of a worldwide celebration. Here are some ideas:

  • Plan an activity in your community and share videos and photos on social media, for example:
    • Record the #Newyearprayer with friends or community members
    • Share your reflections on the past year and your hopes for the coming year
    • Sound a shofar in a meaningful spot
    • Show how a local, traditional holiday delicacy is made
    • Take us on a virtual tour of your local spot for tashlich (symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread into a body of flowing water)
  • Post a meaningful question, and start a conversation with the global community
  • Host an in-person or online event — like a text study, meditation or learning moment

*By posting a photo with the hashtag #NewYearPrayer, you give 92Y permission to feature your photo on 92Y’s website, as well as websites of organizations partnering on the #NewYearPrayer project.

Social Media Tips

Social media is key to making sure the #NewYearPrayer message grows and reaches communi/es far and wide.

Make sure to use the hashtag #NewYearPrayer — that’s how we will be able to share your story and you will be able to encourage your followers and networks to join the conversation.

Sample Messages

Twitter: “As the world comes together for #NewYearPrayer, how will you share your blessings this coming year?”

Facebook: “Today, a #NewYearPrayer is being shared around the world. How will you spread more joy and blessings in the new year? #NewYearPrayer”

Instagram and YouTube: Take a photo or video of you or your community reciting the #NewYearPrayer or doing a New Year activity and upload your video to your Instagram, YouTube or Vine with the hashtag #NewYearPrayer.

LinkedIn: Write and share a blog post with your message of reflection, hope and inspiration for the New Year.

Community Highlights from #NewYearPrayer 5776 / 2015

The JCC Krakow in Poland handed out apples and honey to passersby on the streets of Krakow to celebrate their #NewYearPrayer

The North Shore Temple Emanuel synagogue in Sydney Australia got musical, with their choir sharing a song over Facebook

The United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong took to Twitter with their wishes for the New Year

The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism in Tel Aviv treated us all to the sounding of a shofar during a local school’s visit to Beit Daniel

Families from Finchley Reform Synagogue of London sang The Shofar Blast during Tot Shabbat and shared it with the world via YouTube

Participating Communities
About

This project was launched in 2015 by 92nd Street Y, a Jewish community and cultural center in New York, with 15 partner communities around the world.