This resource suggests ways for individuals, families, synagogues, and other communal organizations to incorporate addiction recovery themes into High Holiday observances.  The offerings begin with Elul and continue through the Yom Kippur break-fastRead more here.

Observances for inclusion throughout the High Holiday period
Grape juice for Kiddush
Shofar blasts as metaphor for recovery
Recovery Celebration Ceremony

Elul: Programming ideas
Recovery Speaker
12-Step Torah
Open 12-Step meeting

Selichot: Readings and Prayers - printable PDFs

*These readings may also be considered for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

  • Forgiveness
  • Relationship with God
  • Tshuvah
  • Prayer for people in recovery
  • Prayer for slips, lapses, and relapses

Links to each of the 12-Step Torah Study Sheets (one for each Step)


Rosh HaShanah

Recovery topics from which to build a D’var Torah

  • Inscribed in the Book of Life: Recovery in the Jewish Community
  • Cheshbon HaNefesh/Accounting of the Soul and the 10th Step

Readings to incorporate into Rosh HaShanah services
printable PDFs

  • New Beginnings
  • Sweet New Year
  • Starting Over
  • Tashlich for Recovery

Yom Kippur

Recovery topic from which to build a D’var TorahLetting today be rock bottom

Readings to incorporate into Yom Kippur services - printable PDFs

  • Recovery Ashamnu
  • Vidui for addiction recovery
  • Reading: You stand here today
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