This past Sunday saw the beginning of the Jewish New Year, also known as Rosh Hashanah. This High Holiday marks the start of ten days of prayer, self-reflection, and penance. Hart Plaza and the Detroit Riverwalk are celebrating the beginning of the Jewish holiday season by becoming the backdrop for the Jewish tradition of Tashlich.

Those that practice Judaism everywhere begin an intense introspection and, traditionally, ask for forgiveness from those they may have done wrong on a person-to-person basis before confessing their sins to the Divine. They then spiritually throw their shortcomings into a flowing body of water.

This is where Hart Plaza and the Riverwalk come in. Starting at 5:30 pm on September 15th, the Detroit River will pose as that flowing body of water into which those performing Taslich can send their sins.

This is a community event to celebrate the New Year 5776. The Jewish community is invited to join in with live music, good food, and friends.

As a conclusion to the festivities, hundreds of Jewish Detroiters will head, as a group, from Hart Plaza to the Riverwalk. There, they will relieve themselves of their failings and commit themselves to striving to serving the City of Detroit and being the people they want to be.

The event is presented by The Well, along with Temple Israel, NEXTGen Detroit, The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Repair The World, Hillel of Metrot Detroit, Michigan Region BBYO and the Jewish News. The celebration will go on rain or shine, and is open to all.

There will be reduced parking available at TWO Detroit Garage for five dollars, and is located at 160 E. Congress Street.

For more information about this event, visit or call (720)722-2432