Virtual Erev Rosh Hashanah Celebration

Tawonga’s annual Erev Rosh Hashanah Celebration is a beautiful and joyful way for you and your family to welcome the Jewish New Year. Each year, we celebrate this High Holiday in the spirit of Camp Tawonga – in community, with joyous song and meaningful prayer. While we can’t convene in-person as usual this year, we will gather on Zoom for an inspiring, interactive, musical service and celebration.

Friday, September 18, 2020 4:30-6pm
Online (the link to join will be provided prior to the event)

Girls attending a Erev Rosh Hashanah event

Boy attending a Erev Rosh Hashanah event


All are welcome, from babies to great grandparents at this festive, inspiring and kid-friendly service. We usually gather in Oakland’s serene Joaquin Miller Park or in San Rafael’s stunning McNears Beach. Check out beautiful photos captured by the Marin Independent Journal from our 2019 celebration.

This year the event will be hosted online via Zoom. If you have an outdoor space available with wifi, we recommend that you set up a picnic blanket for your family and pod (if applicable) so we can celebrate together in nature.

This event began in 2009 with a small group of Tawongans and their friends in Tilden Park wanting an outdoor communal service. Today, over 1,000 Tawongans come out for the celebration every year. Watch the below video to see this program in action!

What to Expect This Year

This virtual event is a family-friendly service full of Tawonga ruach (spirit), learning and song led by our service founders Deborah Newbrun (2018 Covenant Award winner and former Tawonga Camp Director), Isaac Zones (2020 Helen Diller Family Educator Award winner and beloved song leader) and Torah scholar, Sue Reinhold, as well as Tawonga Director and singer, Casey Cohen.

Don’t forget to bring a shofar for our ceremonial community shofar blowing (this year we will hear shofars through Zoom from the Bay Area and beyond!) We’ll also be sharing resources on how to make your own shofar and other Rosh Hashanah-themed activities to keep your kids engaged during the service.


Tickets are sold on a sliding scale from $18 to $118 per family. There is also an option to buy a reduced-price ticket. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Son sitting on father's lap at Erev Rosh Hashanah celebration

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