As Jewish communities around the world gather to celebrate the new year, we hope you enjoy this collection of thought and inspiration for the High Holidays.


These articles, which draw upon Jewish tradition in the context of contemporary life, are representative of the approach of the 1,700 Conservative and Masorti rabbis around the world who comprise the Rabbinical Assembly.


Shanah tovah from Conservative/Masorti rabbis around the world.


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The international community of Conservative/Masorti rabbis
By Rabbi Julie Schonfeld

"Last week I attended a small meeting with a number of Jewish communal representatives with Secretary of State John Kerry and the President's National Security Advisor Ambassador Susan Rice, who gave an update on the current peace negotiations..." [Read More]

We publish an array of books on Jewish religion and ethics including fresh perspectives on Torah and liturgy.


Rabbinical Assembly The Rabbinical Assembly is a community of 1,700 Conservative/Masorti rabbis around the world who partner with the Jewish community to share and amplify a vision of Judaism that is rooted in Torah, embracing of tradition, and informed by contemporary life.

From the Leadership of the
Rabbinical Assembly

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld The Faith Community's Role
in Ending Modern-Day Slavery

By Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Executive Vice President
"Modern-day slavery is a high-profit and low-risk endeavor that allows criminals, through their cruel enslavement of innocent people, to profit by $32 billion per year..." [read more]

Rabbi Gerry Skolnik Looking Towards 5774
By Rabbi Gerry Skolnik, President
"As an unrepentant (if older and wiser) child of the sixties, I have always considered it one of the sacred tasks of parenting to insure that my children -- all four of them -- know and appreciate the music that shaped my journey into adulthood
..." [read more]


On the Shofar

Rabbi Alan Lucas explores various topics related to the shofar.



This one-page excerpt from Mahzor Lev Shalem includes texts and commentary.



Rabbi David Lincoln explores the topic of repentance through the lens of the High Holy Day season.


Lighting a Memorial Candle: A Short Prayer

There is no traditional blessing for lighting a yizkor candle, however, upon lighting, this short prayer may be recited.