High Holidays with Judaism Your Way

Monday, September 06 2021 6:30 PM - Thursday, September 16 2021 5:30 PM [MDT]

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Erev Rosh Hashanah - Online Only Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/06/2021

Monday, September 6 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm MT

Rosh Hashanah Service - In-Person or Online Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/07/2021

Tuesday, September 7 | 9:00am - 11:00am MT

Rosh Hashanah Yoga - Online Only Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/07/2021

Tuesday, September 7 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm MT

Rosh Hashanah Meditation - Online Only Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/07/2021

Tuesday, September 7 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm MT

Rosh Hashanah Family Service - Online Only Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/07/2021

Tuesday, September 7 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm MT

Kol Nidre - In-Person or Online Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/15/2021

Wednesday, September 15 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm MT

Yom Kippur Service- In-Person or Online Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/16/2021

Thursday, September 16 | 9:00am - 11:00am MT

Yom Kippur Yoga - Online Only Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/16/2021

Thursday, September 16 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm MT

Yom Kippur Meditation - Online Only Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/16/2021

Thursday, September 16 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm MT

Yom Kippur Family Service - Online Only Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/16/2021

Thursday, September 16 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm MT

Neilah & Havdalah - Online Only Partial Approval

Registration closes on 09/16/2021

Thursday, September 16 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm MT

Judaism Your Way Donation

Registration closes on 09/16/2021

Returning to in-person gatherings while also live streaming services to our community across the world means a 50% increase in direct expenses. While our High Holidays services are always FREE, your generous contributions will help us keep the tent open to provide innovative and inclusive Jewish programming for all.

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Monday, September 06 2021 6:30 PM - Thursday, September 16 2021 5:30 PM [MDT]

PLEASE REVIEW: CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT OUR SERVICES

  • Attendees ages 12 and older must be vaccinated.
  • Masks are required for everyone over the age of two.
  • Masks are required regardless of vaccination status at in-person services. 
  • Our rabbinic leadership team may be unmasked at times while on stage leading services.
  • We are still welcoming registrations for in-person services. However, there is no guaranteed seating under the tent or in any DBG locations – all seating is on a first come first served basis. There will be more than enough space on the lawn/bowl behind the tent. This area will be open for picnic-style seating with a large screen for viewing. We currently plan to seat the Open Tent in the Denver Botanic Gardens at 70% capacity (900 attendees). An additional outdoor space with chairs at the Annuals Pavilion at DBG will be available to gather and watch a live-stream of the service and socially distance at your own comfort level. This space will also be seated at 70% capacity (85 attendees).
  • Please note we will no longer be hosting an indoor stream of the service. All seating options for in-person services are outdoors only.
  • Family services will be under The Open Tent, but there will be no chairs in order to support social distancing. All chairs will be cleared out so families can gather together in whatever groupings work for them. Please bring a blanket or low concert chair so that you can spread out however you like with plenty of room for kids to participate.
  • All spaces will open one hour before services begin. Seating is on a first come first served basis.
  • Judaism Your Way is closely monitoring COVID-19 and will follow recommendations from experts that are in the best interest of our entire community. We will communicate potential changes to safety protocols and new requirements prior to the event.

For more information, please read the Know Before You Go guide.


One of the most basic principles in Jewish law is that of Pikuach Nefesh, Saving a Life. The decisions outlined here are all being made with a focus on this Jewish value that human life must always come first.

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We are thrilled to return to the Denver Botanic Gardens for High Holiday services this year! We can’t wait to be together again with you - reunited under the open tent, both in person and online. Our schedule of services will include a mixture of in-person and live-streaming events, so you can share in the importance of these holidays with loved ones near and far. All are welcome in our open tent, whether they live in Colorado or elsewhere.

As always, we strive to make High Holidays open and welcoming to all and there is no cost to attend our services, but we kindly ask that you register to join us. While registering your preferences does not guarantee you a seat in a specific location, it ensures you receive up-to-date information about how to access in-person and online services, and allows us to plan appropriately within capacity and health and safety limitations. Seating for in-person events will be first-come, first-served. 

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS
Registration for an in-person service: Select a quantity for the number of people who will attend that service. If some of your party will be attending in-person and some online, please register those attending online separately. 

Registration for an online service: Select a quantity of 1 for each service you plan to watch via live stream. Note: If your family is planning to watch services together on one device, you can simply register once using a single email address. If you or your family are in different geographic locations or want to access services on multiple devices, please register with a unique email address for each device or person.

 

WHAT’S DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?
While celebrating together at the Denver Botanic Gardens is guaranteed to be a magical experience, this year will look a bit different. Here is what you can expect:

A mixture of in-person and live streaming events
Our services will include a mixture of in-person and live-streaming events throughout the Denver Botanic Gardens and online. Some events will be offered both in person and online, others are either in person or online only.  Make sure to check out our schedule of events for detailed information on how to participate in each service.

Capacity limitations under our open tent for in-person services
Each in-person service will be held under our open tent at Denver Botanic Gardens. Once capacity limitations are reached under the tent, guests will have the opportunity to view a professional live stream of the service together from a separate outdoor space at Denver Botanic Gardens. There will also be space to watch these services together via a live stream from indoors (with air conditioning) in Mitchell Hall. 

One Service, One Rabbinic Team
Our entire rabbinic team will be reunited on the stage together to lead each of our signature services. When you arrive at the gardens, you will not select your viewing location based on a rabbi, but simply on your desire to be indoors or outdoors. We are offering one service hosted by our entire rabbinic team under the open tent. In our schedule of events, you can reference which rabbi has taken the lead to create that service and share the sermon.

Extra health and safety precautions
We are committed to providing a safe environment for all participants and will follow expert recommendations and local guidelines for capacity limitations and other safety measures.

Judaism Your Way

At Judaism Your Way, we’re an open tent, embracing everyone who seeks a connection to Jewish life. Every day, we share transformative Jewish experiences and recognize ourselves as part of something relevant, whole, and sacred. There are many ways to be Jewish. At Judaism Your Way, we respect and include them all. Learn more at www.judaismyourway.org.

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Rabbi Brian Field
Senior Rabbi

The founding rabbi of Judaism Your Way, and the current President of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council, Rabbi Brian has dedicated his career to the pioneering of Jewish possibilities. Ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1994, Brian served as the first rabbi of Beth HaTikvah in Chatham, New Jersey, and two years later, the first resident rabbi of Shaarei Shamayim in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2004 Rabbi Brian relocated to Denver with his family to launch Judaism Your Way. Rabbi Brian specializes in contemplative spirituality, multi-faith collaboration and working with interfaith and mixed-heritage couples. He is available for spiritual counseling and life event planning and officiation including weddings, baby namings, Year 2 Open Tent Be Mitzvah mentoring and funerals. Inspired by the radical ecumenicism of Jewish Renewal pioneer Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi and the Integral Theory of Ken Wilber, Brian works for a maximally-inclusive Judaism that plays a robust role in the healing of the planet and the liberation of all human beings.

About Rabbi Brian Field

Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Caryn Aviv
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Caryn Aviv is Rabbinic and Program Director at Judaism Your Way. She has been on the rabbinic team at since 2013. Caryn loves to create and facilitate transformative Jewish experiences that spark joy and meaning for Jews and loved ones. She is so grateful to work with such an amazing team to build inclusive Jewish community at Judaism Your Way. Before becoming a rabbi in 2020 through ALEPH: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Caryn earned a PhD in sociology from Loyola University Chicago, and taught Jewish Studies and sociology at University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Denver. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community and living inside a mixed-heritage/interfaith marriage with her beloved partner, Caryn walks the walk of Judaism Your Way’s Torah of Inclusion. When not at work, she loves spending time with her family, hiking, biking, singing, running, learning how to play guitar, and making art.

About Rabbi Caryn Aviv

Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Amanda Schwartz
Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Amanda Schwartz was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2016 where she also received a Masters in Jewish Educational Leadership. Following her ordination, she returned to her hometown of Denver with her family. Rabbi Amanda has worked in a variety of Jewish organizations and synagogues. For the past four years, she has been on the High Holy Day leadership team for Judaism Your Way and has recently led our Young Family Shabbat Sing programs at Rosenberg’s Bagels. “One of the reasons Judaism Your Way felt like such a ‘perfect fit’ for me from the very beginning is because of how intentional Judaism Your Way is in being maximally inclusive. I love being in a space where everyone is welcome and celebrated to be exactly who they are.” Rabbi Amanda started with Judaism Your Way in July. She is focusing on cutting-edge youth education programs and experiences. Rabbi Amanda’s husband, Jason, Judah (age 1), Jo (age 4.5) and their dog, Belle, are also excited to be part of the Judaism Your Way family. Amanda joined Judaism Your Way in July 2019.

About Rabbi Amanda Schwartz

Associate Rabbi

Kolby Morris-Dahary is a Denver native and rabbinical student in the Aleph Ordination Program. She has worked as the Youth Director, Music Director, and Rabbinic Intern at Hebrew Educational Alliance, and for the past three years she has been on the High Holy Day leadership team at Judaism Your Way. “Together with my spouse, Noam, we are so thrilled to be joining the Judaism Your Way family. Their inclusive, warm, loving energy continues to be a meaningful addition to our lives, and I look forward to being an integral part of this incredible organization’s future.” Kolby Morris-Dahary, Student Rabbi, will focus on expanding our Open Tent Be Mitzvah program as well as Judaism Your Way community Shabbat experiences throughout the year. Kolby joined Judaism Your Way in September 2019. Welcome Kolby!

About Student Rabbi Kolby Morris-Dahary

Student Rabbi
Ariela HaLevi
Yoga Instructor

Ariela holds a Masters in Social Work, is a shamanic energy channel and healer, ancestral and past life healer, emotional release healer, Reiki Master, yoga instructor and holistic health practitioner. Ariela guides women to reawaken a deep connection to their soul, discover their spirit, to heal, transform and feel empowered in their lives. She has guided countless women through energy healing, profound personal transformation, and healing deep wounds that get to the root causes of suffering and transform that suffering into physical, emotional and spiritual freedom. She can be found at www.mysoulcentered.org, and ariela@mysoulcentered.org

About Ariela HaLevi

Yoga Instructor