The Gather Guide: What’s Happening for the High Holidays

Services, learning, meals, and more in the East Bay & beyond. See below for all that the community has to offer!

Updated 2:11pm PT on 8.31.23

Dear friends,

Welcome to Elul, the Jewish month that leads up to Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy days. Whether this season of reflection has snuck up on you or you’ve been counting down the days, we’re glad to be here with you! The Gather Guide: What’s Happening for the High Holidays is your one-stop-shop for services, meals, events, and more across the East Bay and beyond.

We’re lucky to live in a place where there are abundant and varied offerings from so many amazing Jewish organizations—and, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, we’re here for ya. We’d love to take you for coffee (or tea!), chat about Jewish life, and help you find your place.

Shana tovah u’metukah — wishing you a good and sweet New Year,
The GatherBay team (Caroline, R’Gray, and Lena)

PS: Did we miss your event? Take ~2 minutes to submit it to the calendar. Other questions? Email Check back here — we’ll be updating often!

The Inside Scoop

Young Adult Discounts

Below is a list of communities and synagogues (who we’re aware of!) that are offering free or discounted tickets for young adults. Many places also have sliding scale, with an option to pay $0.

We’ll update this list as we hear of more discounts and reduced-cost services. Navigate to the orgs events below for more details and/or reach out individually to any spot you’re thinking of going to learn more about their low-or no-cost options.

  • Base Bay/Urban Adamah (discounted tickets for Basers and sliding scale)
  • Chochmat HaLev (sliding scale, will take walk-ups)
  • Congregation Netivot Shalom (Young Adult Discount)
  • Jewish Studio Project at the JCC East Bay (free for Rosh Hashanah, donations welcome)
  • Kehilla Community Synagogue (sliding scale, walk-ups welcome)
  • Or Shalom (sliding scale, free if you’re under 30)
  • Torah of Awakening (free for young adults)
  • Wilderness Torah (work-trade options and tiered tickets)

At a glance

Want to see everything on the calendar in a quick, monthly view? Head here to explore the offerings in September.


Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 24

Monday, September 25

Simchat Torah

Stay tuned — more info to come!

Readings and Resources

A not-comprehensive list of articles, guides, how-tos, and more from a mix of organizations!

Got a resource specific to the Bay Area? We’d love to hear about it! Drop us a line at

Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 15

Saturday, September 16

Sunday, September 17