Resources for Teen High Holiday Services

New Year, New You

A Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Program Guide for USY and Kadima Teens and Pre-teens

Available for your High Holy Day programming are the following PDF files, divided for easy navigation but together comprise a complete High Holy Day program manual. Although many ideas can be adapted for younger children, this program book was created for USY and Kadima (teen and pre-teen) participants.

  • Introduction – Contents of each section
  • Section 1 – An overview of the themes and summary of High Holy Day liturgy, including quick program ideas on liturgical themes
  • Section 2 – A large selection of readings, reflections and great discussion pieces to use with your teens
  • Section 3 – Turn discussion into action – instant activities to run on High Holy Days
  • Section 4 – Holiday, Not Holy Day, Program Ideas
  • Appendices – View appendices for programs, including High Holy Day jokes to share the lighter side of an intense period of reflection and introspection
  • “If Not Higher” – Script of a dramatic presentation of I.L. Peretz’s If Not Higher from the USY Program Bank. The story is included in the Readings section of program book
  • Books – Resources and useful books to use in your own programs and services
  • High Holiday Glossary – Complete with customs, rituals, concepts and themes

(Excerpted from Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Fall Holidays by Paul Steinberg; go to https://secure.uscj.org/bookservice to order the complete book.)