High Holiday Resources for Clergy – 2021/5782

As you prepare for this year’s High Holidays, T’ruah offers the following divrei Torah, resources, and webinars. You can also access all of our resources for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

For the first day of Rosh Hashanah, check out Rabbi Margo Hughes-Robinson’s (M)oral Torah on Parshat Korach. Her interpretation of the character of Hannah (from the haftarah) could be useful in many contexts: racial justice, Israel, democracy, and climate change.

If you are speaking about Israel, you may want to refer back to our June 1 webinar, “What’s next for the Israeli Left?” with Noam Vidan and Maisam Jaljuli. Their reflections on what has changed for the better in Israel’s civil society over the last 20 years offers a valuable perspective and a message of hope. 

“Jewish Texts on Labor: A Guide for Rabbis When Rosh Hashanah Falls on Labor Day” Chaverim Rabbi Barbara Penzner and Rabbi Mike Rothbaum and Ari Fertig of the New England Jewish Labor Committee put together this short guide (including resources from T’ruah) for rabbis and other community leaders as Rosh Hashanah falls on Labor Day this year.

For Shabbat Shuvah, which falls on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we offer this new resource with texts and reflections from three “generations” of T’ruah leadership


T’ruah is offering three webinars for clergy to help with preparing High Holiday sermons on justice topics this year.

  • In partnership with the J Street Rabbinic and Cantorial Cabinet, we will present a pre-High Holiday webinar for clergy: Sheikh Jarrah, Sarah and Hagar and the Akedah: Can We Write a New Story? (Wednesday, July 28 at 11:30 AM ET) This webinar has passed. Chaverim, please email us for a transcript. 
  • In partnership with Avodah, a two-part series focused on domestic human rights issues:
    • Session 1: Thinking about justice sermons for the High Holidays:
      Wednesday, August 4, 1:30-2:45 pm ET. This webinar is for chaverim only. Use the link in your inbox or email us.
    • Session 2: Workshopping sermon outlines and drafts: Wednesday, August 11, 1:30-2:45 pm ET. Registration coming soon.