How to Host a Reverse Tashlich

On October 2nd, 2022 the Jewish community will come together around the world to clean their local environment. Join the international Jewish community cleanup. Find out how to host a Reverse Tashlich below.

What is Reverse Tashlich?

Tashlich is a Rosh Hashanah ritual in which Jews begin the new year by symbolically casting off last year's sins by tossing pebbles or bread crumbs into a body of water. In 2016, the college division of Repair the Sea (Scubi Jew®) at Eckerd College conceived the idea hosting a Reverse Tashlich, a beach cleanup to remove human "sins" from the water.

Every year since, the program has expanded as new communities have joined and removed thousands of pounds of debris from waterfront locations around the world as part of their High Holiday observance. Read on to learn how to host a Reverse Tashlich, and bring this innovative movement to your community.

Register Your Team

Gather people in your community: a synagogue, group of friends, family, JCC, school, Federation, or neighborhood and make a commitment to clean your local environment on October 2nd, 2022. Then, register as an official Reverse Tashlich team. Registering allows us to provide you and your community with program assistance and educational communication. Once registered your team will be listed 0n our website as an official Reverse Tashlich Team.

Following confirmation, direct interested participants to to register. Individuals can find their community on the Official Reverse Tashlich map, and find community-specific registrations pages. As a team leader, you will have access to registered participant information for event-specific communication.

Choose a Cleanup Location

We recommend that communities partner with a local organization for their Reverse Tashlich. Not only does this foster community engagement, but groups experienced in conducting cleanups may be helpful in finding ideal cleanup locations and working with local governing bodies. Some areas may require you to get a permit before a cleanup.

Look for a local Keep America Beautiful chapter. Or, google "[your community] cleanup" to find local environmental organizations that can help.

What to look for in a cleanup site:

  • Waterfront (Preferably): You can perform Reverse Tashlich at a beach, river, lake, pond, or stream. However, trash removed from any natural environment ensures the health of our blue planet.

  • Accessible: Pick a location that fits the number of expected attendees, that is reachable by transportation, and has available parking. Ensure it is accessible for your community (children, elderly, etc.).

  • Trashed: Reverse Tashlich aims to make the largest impact possible. Visit the site beforehand or partner with a local cleanup organization that know