High Holidays Celebrations

Tawonga’s high holiday offerings are a beautiful and joyful way for you and your family to welcome the Jewish New Year. Each year, we celebrate in the spirit of Camp Tawonga – in community, with joyous song and meaningful prayer.

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 25, 2022
Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland
All ages

Early Kol Nidre

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland
Ages 13+

Erev Rosh Hashanah Program

Join your Tawonga community on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 3-5pm for our annual Erev Rosh Hashanah Celebration! We will gather under the beautiful redwoods of Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park, in the Pinewood Picnic Area for a resonant musical outdoor service.

Adults and kids of all ages are welcome to this family-friendly celebration. The program will include traditional prayers, uplifting songs, inspiring reflections and lots of Tawonga ruach (spirit)! Beloved service founders Deborah Newbrun and Isaac Zones will lead the program. (Deborah is a former Tawonga Camp Director and 2018 Covenant Award winner; Isaac is a Tawonga song leader and 2020 Helen Diller Family Educator Award winner).  Don’t forget to bring a shofar for our ceremonial community blowing of the shofar.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Tickets

Tickets are on a sliding scale from $18 to $118 per person.

Thank you to our event partner PJ Library.

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

Early Kol Nidre Program

After years of requests from many in the community, we are so pleased to finally offer a Tawonga-style Kol Nidre program on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 3-5pm. Like our Erev Rosh Hashanah Celebration, this service will be led by Rabbi Deborah Newbrun, Isaac Zones and friends – and will be full of music, prayer and reflection.

Concluding the ten “Days of Awe” beginning with Rosh Hashanah is the solemn, reflective holiday of Yom Kippur, which starts with the beautiful Kol Nidre service. Tawongans and friends are invited to join our first-ever Early Kol Nidre service for a reflective, soul-searching and musical observance. This service is for participants 13+.

Early Kol Nidre Tickets

Tickets are on a sliding scale from $18 to $118 per person.

COVID-19 Health & Safety

Tawonga works closely with a COVID-19 Task Force to ensure our programs are run safely and responsibly. At the services, masks will be optional. We ask that you only attend if you are feeling healthy and have no known COVID exposures. We also ask that all participants who are eligible are vaccinated and boosted.


Feel free to reach our San Francisco team if you have any questions: 415.543.2267 or info@tawonga.org.

Please be informed that Camp Tawonga may take photos and videos during this event for promotional use.

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We can’t wait to welcome the Jewish New Year with you.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Tickets

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