Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 15 – Sunday, September 17, 2023

Welcoming in the Jewish New Year

Join Wilderness Torah and Chochmat HaLev for an extraordinary, community-wide Rosh Hashanah experience in Berkeley, California.

Gather with us this High Holiday season to listen to the voice of the Divine whispering inside each of us. What is your soul yearning for? How can you deepen in service to your purpose, your community, and collective healing? What seeds are you planting as we enter this cycle of renewal?

This year, we will meet in beautiful spaces across Berkeley, indoor and out, to welcome in the Jewish New Year through ritual and celebration. This year’s offerings include: 

  • Musical, heart-centered services for Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah day (available in-person and online) at at First Presbyterian Church
  • Kiddush picnic and Tashlich ritual at Urban Adamah
  • Simanim Seder and Havdalah at Chochmat HaLev (separate ticket required)

Rosh Hashanah Services

Tickets with Chochmat HaLev


Simanim Seder

Sliding Scale $18–$54/person


Join us for back-to-back celebrations and ritual to welcome in the
Jewish new year.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Services 

Friday Evening, September 15
7:00 pm PDT
First Presbyterian Church
Berkeley, CA

Rosh Hashanah Day Services 

Saturday, September 16
10:00 am PDT
First Presbyterian Church
Berkeley, CA

Kiddush Picnic & Tashlich Ritual

Saturday, September 16
2:00 pm PDT
Urban Adamah
Berkeley, CA

Simanim Seder & Havdallah

Saturday, September 16
7:30 pm PDT
Chochmat HaLev Courtyard
Berkeley, CA
people performing tashlich Jewish ritual

Picnic, Shofar and Tashlich

Sunday, September 17
1:30–3:00 pm PDT
Strawberry Creek Park
Berkeley, CA
With Torah of Awakening

About the Simanim Seder

Simanim Seder and Havdallah

Saturday, September 16, 7:30 pm
Chochmat HaLev Courtyard
Tickets: $18–$54 Sliding Scale

Gather with us on Rosh Hashanah eve for a gorgeous ritual seder and Havdalah ceremony rooted in Sephardi and Misrachi tradition. 

Through mystical prayer, kabbalastic teachings, sacred foods, and live oud performances, we will welcome the new year through the ancient order (the literal meaning of the word “seder”) of setting prayers and intentions to bring goodness into this next cycle of time. All of your senses will be engaged and delighted.

Come with a bottle of wine, a cushion to lounge on, and a heart ready to receive blessings for this sacred moment of renewal.

Families are welcome to join, however, there is no childcare.

Please note: this seder is providing tastes of ritual foods and not providing a full dinner.

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Simanim Seder Tickets

$18–$54 Sliding Scale / Person
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Your Seder Leaders

Ophir Haberer

Ilana Meallem

Gary Haggerty

Would you like to sponsor our seder?

Deepen your connection to the Wilderness Torah community by sponsoring one of our beautiful ritual meals. This is an incredible way to honor yourself or someone in your life undergoing a significant rite of passage. Whether a b’nei mitzvah, birth, wedding, or passage of life, we want to bring sanctity and celebration to the ways our community grows and evolves. 

By sponsoring a meal, we dedicate this meal to you or your chosen loved one and invite you to offer a blessing and dedication before the community. This is a gift that gives to everyone! 

To sign up, all you need to do is indicate on your registration form that you would like to sponsor, and we will follow up with you.

Frequently Asked Questions


This year, Wilderness Torah is excited to collaborate on Rosh Hashanah with Chochmat HaLev!  

Chochmat HaLev and Wilderness Torah have already partnered on Kabbalat Shabbat several times this year, and it has been an amazing experience. We are so excited to extend that synergy into the Jewish New Year, with our urban Rosh Hashanah experience in Berkeley, California. With service leaders and musicians from across both our communities, you are not going to want to miss it!

In past years we have offered an overnight retreat experience in Sonoma County. But do not fret! This year, we are still planning our Yom Kippur overnight retreat at Green Valley Farms

There are two ticket types for Rosh Hashanah this year: 

Note: No ticket is needed for the Kiddush picnic and tashlich ritual at Urban Adamah. All are welcome to join!

This year, instead of offering Avodah tickets, you can sign up for a volunteer role directly with Chochmat HaLev. Volunteering is optional and does not reduce your ticket price. If you need a lower cost ticket, Chochmat HaLev offers a pay-what-you-can option on their ticketing page.

Please refer to the Schedule section above for details about location and timing.

Yes, Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah day services will stream live for those who purchase a ticket and wish to attend remotely. Visit Chochmat HaLev for details.

Services will be full of musical, mystical, earth-based Jewish teachings for an intergenerational audience. Whether you are a life-long community member, new to Judaism, deep in relationship with G-d, or far from a religious practice, our services will meet you where you are and offer a meaningful ritual for welcoming the new year.

Families are welcome to join for all Rosh Hashanah programs! However, childcare will only be provided during morning services from 9:45 am-1:00 pm on Saturday, September 16. Register for childcare here.

If you have questions about the Simanim Seder, please contact

For more details on Rosh Hashanah services, visit Chochmat HaLev.

Testimonials from 2022 Rosh Hashanah Attendees

My son and I felt such a sense of belonging to this community, and for me, I have a renewed connection to Judaism. Something deep within me has been awakened through the music, the prayer, the beauty. Thank you with all my heart!
2022 Rosh Hashanah Participant
I did not grow up deeply connected to my Jewish roots. Wilderness Torah has been a place where I can learn and grow in a friendly atmosphere where I don’t feel shamed by my lack of understanding. We are all on different stages of our journeys with our Jewish connection and Wilderness Torah feels like a place I can just be where I’m at. Thank you!
2022, Asherah Weiss
I found this experience a beautiful and powerfully moving way to renew my relationship to Judaism in community.
2022, Elisabeth Jay