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Experience the New Year in a New Way

JCoOC will hold High Holiday “Festival of Renewal” for all ages in Newport

The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC) will host a full High Holy Day program entitled Experience the New Year: A Festival of Renewal in Newport Beach. Programming for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah days 1and 2, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur will feature an array of clergy and lay leaders and will include traditional services as well as a wide range of experiential alternatives for adults, children of all ages, teens, families and young adults.

“The JCoOC High Holiday program will feature a variety of options for experiencing the Days of Awe, focusing on prayer and play, music and movement, reflection and renewal,” says Rabbi Marcia Tilchin, JCoOC’s founder and spiritual leader. “Our goal is to ensure that any Orange County Jewish resident or family who does not yet have somewhere to join with community and usher in the New Year will find their place with us. We are especially excited about some of our specialized programming, like a ‘Wonders of Creation’ hike in Laguna Canyon and a dedicated community conversation on Yom Kippur afternoon for LGBT community members and allies.”

Erev Rosh Hashanah programming, including an optional, pre-paid dinner, will be held at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd., in Newport Beach. Rosh Hashanah Days 1 and 2, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur will be held at the Newport Beach LDS Temple, 2300 Bonita Canyon Dr., in Newport Beach. Reservations are required to plan for appropriate seating and food.

The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC) creates communities of interest centered on worship, volunteerism, study, artistic expression and spiritual exploration, independently and in partnership with local and national Jewish organizations, for Orange County Jewish residents and their families who seek non-traditional and creative-traditional pathways to meaningful Jewish experiences. We envision an Orange County in which every Jewish resident has the opportunity to “feel the joy of Jewish.” Visit our website at for more detail on the New Year Experience, its leaders and all programming, as well as a reservation form.