Communal Tashlich: Celebrate the Jewish New Year on the Detroit River



tashlichRabbi Dan Horwitz of The Well, an inclusive Jewish community-building, education and spirituality outreach initiative, is bringing together thousands of people on Sunday, Oct. 9, to Detroit’s Chene Park (2600 Atwater St.) in Rivertown to celebrate and partake in the ancient ritual of Tashlich — the symbolic casting away of one’s sins (using breadcrumbs) into a flowing body of water.

The Jewish High Holiday season, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, is meant to be a time of intense introspection — “examining who we’ve been, who we are and who we’re striving to become,” Horwitz said.

“Traditionally, at this time of year, Jews ask forgiveness of those we have wronged on a person-to-person level and only after doing that, are we meant to confess our shortcomings or ‘sins’ to the Divine.” Tashlich is done to help physically acknowledge the mental/spiritual work being done.

Horwitz, selected by the Forward as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis,” last year brought nearly 500 people to Hart Plaza along the Detroit Riverwalk to celebrate Tashlich. Attendees joined together in song, heard the blast of the shofar and then symbolically cast away their shortcomings in the form of breadcrumbs into the Detroit River.

This year, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, the Detroit River will play host to the community once again as Jewish Detroiters simultaneously cast away their shortcomings, committing to continue the work necessary to be the people they truly wish to be and committing themselves to the city of Detroit. Attendees will then celebrate the New Year 5777 with music, food and friends.

Along with The Well, sponsors include the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit’s NEXTGen and JFamily programs, as well as Temple Israel, Repair the World, Hillel of Metro Detroit, Michigan Region BBYO, Hillel Day School, the Cohn-Haddow Center for Jewish Studies at Wayne State, Detroit City Moishe House, Tamarack Camps, the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit, Hazon and the Jewish News.

The event is open to all and will take place, rain or shine. For more information, visit



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