Here are some events to celebrate in Santa Cruz County. Learn more about the holiday here.
Kolaynu: From 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Pacific Cultural Center there is a down-home, low-key New Years with Kolaynu. The celebration is described as Santa-Cruz-Style - warm, spiritual, participatory, egalitarian, progressive, creative, joyful & peace-oriented with Jonnie Pekelny, Sephy Elizai & guitarist Toku Woo. "We welcome individuals & families of every configuration & orientation, interfaith, questioning, & friends of Jews. Come as you are; no need to dress-up (please refrain from wearing scents). Flowers ok." KolaynuEventsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Kol Tefillah: Offers a conservative service at 200 Washington St, Suite 109. Erev Rosh Hashanah, which means New Years Eve, starts at 7 p.m. and the prayers for the first day of the year begin at 9 a.m. Thursday.
A celebration called Tashlich, which involves throwing bread on the water to cast away bad things, takes place at 3 p.m. Thursday on the Municipal Wharf. Jews also eat an apple dipped in honey to inspire good things in the coming year.
The Reformed Temple Beth El in Aptos at 3055 Porter Gulch Rd. has a service at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Thursday services begin at 9:30 a.m. and then there are three Tashlich services at 6-6:30 p.m. at Natural Bridges Beach, Rio Del Mar Beach and the Ben Lomond Dam.