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High Holidays Services and Programs
September 30 - October 9
According to Jewish tradition, the community sets aside space for self-reflection in preparation for the High Holidays. It is a time to take stock of our spiritual and emotional well-being. This year, join the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and JCC Harlem to participate in many free and low cost Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and activities. To learn more or register, visit highholidays.jccmanhattan.org or jccharlem.org/high-holidays.
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Services (JCC Harlem)
Join JCC Harlem for warm, welcoming, come-as-you-are services led by Rabbi Abigail Treu, director of the JCC’s Center for Jewish Living and the David H. Sonabend Center for Israel. Services will be a mix of English inspiration and traditional Hebrew prayers, with the blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn), chanting of the Torah, story-telling, and time for reflection. The morning services will be for families and the afternoon services for adults only.
Monday, September 30 | 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. | $18 per person, children under 2 free
Monday, September 30 | 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. | $18 per person, adults only
Rosh Hashanah in the Lot: Holiday Brunch, Activities for Families, and Celebration Concert (JCC Harlem)
Looking for a way to engage your kids in meaningful holiday experiences beyond services? Join JCC Harlem for a free afternoon of Rosh Hashanah-themed family activities and a delicious holiday meal. Geared for children ages 2 to 8, our programs will explore the themes of renewal, reflection, creation, and time through arts, storytelling, ritual exploration, and more. Meal will be kosher dairy.
The afternoon portion will feature a colorful Rosh Hashanah concert with a five-piece band from MusicTalks. Blending shofar sounds, Nina Simone’s rendition of “Eretz Zavat Chalav,” jazz twists of holiday music, liturgical poetry sonds, Mizrahi songs, and klezmer tunes, the music will be joyful, spiritual, energetic, and thoughtful.
Monday, September 30 | 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Free
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Services (JCC Harlem)
Join JCC Harlem and Beineinu to bring in the new year with music, movement meditation, and conversation. Rabbi Laurie Phillips and Daphna Mor of Beineinu bring a mix of learning, praying, and singing together, along with stations of joy for young children, and meditation and discussion for adults.
Tuesday, October 1 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Free
Erev Yom Kippur Family Services (JCC Harlem)
Join JCC Harlem and Ilan Marans and his band for a meaningful, spirited, family-friendly Kol Nidre service and experience. Together, we’ll imagine a better world and what we can each do to make it a reality. The service will be mostly in English with some Hebrew throughout and will be highly explanatory, geared towards first timers, little ones, and those who want to learn more about the holiday and rituals.
Tuesday, October 8 | 5 to 6 p.m. | $12 per person, children under 2 free
Yom Kippur Services (JCC Harlem)
Warm, welcoming, come-as-you-are services at JCC Harlem led by Rabbi Abigail Treu, director of the JCC’s Center for Jewish Living and the David H. Sonabend Center for Israel. Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of introspection and atoning for what we’ve done wrong and agreeing, in community, to do better in the year ahead. Services will include the recitation of the traditional prayers for forgiveness in Hebrew and English, chanting of the Torah, storytelling, and time for reflection. Morning services are geared towards families and afternoon services are for adults only.
Wednesday, October 9 | 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. | $18 per person, children under 2 free
Wednesday, October 9 | 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. | $18 per person
Yom Kippur in the Lot: Inspired Activities for Families (JCC Harlem)
Looking for a way to engage your kids in meaningful experiences beyond services? Join JCC Harlem for a free afternoon of Yom Kippur-themed family activities. Geared to children ages 2 to 8, our programs will explore the themes of forgiveness, contemplation, and being our best selves.
Wednesday, October 9 | 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Free
Yom Kippur Day Learning (JCC Harlem)
JCC Harlem and Beineinu team up to bring an afternoon of learning on Yom Kippur. Rabbi Laurie Phillips and Daphna Mor of Beineinu will help us explore texts of the soul, deepening the connection and meaning through chanting melodies from the Jewish communities of Iraq, India, Israel, the United States, and more.
Wednesday, October 9 | 3 to 5 p.m. | Free
Holding On and Letting Go: Service of Memory, Hope, and Healing for the New Year (Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan)
The new year unearths memories of all kinds – food and family, people, and potential. Prepare to welcome this new year with a service of memory, hope, and healing to open the heart and honor our memories. Our time together will interweave song and silence, poetry, and prayer. Led by Rabbi Lisa Gelber, spiritual leader for Congregation Habonim, and held at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.
Monday, September 23 | 4 to 5:15 p.m. | $7 members, $10 public
Thursday, September 26 | 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. | $7 members, $10 public
Baking with Honey + Apples for Rosh Hashanah (Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan)
Celebrate the coming sweetness of the new year by making honey shortbread cookies studded with dried apples and honey-caramel apple pie rosettes at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Suggested for parents with children three years and older.
Friday, September 27 | 2 to 3 p.m. | $45 adult and child members, $55 public, $20 each additional child or adult
Challah Baking (Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan)
Challah is a traditional egg bread eaten on the Sabbath and many other Jewish holidays. This staple of Jewish cuisine is not only fun to bake, but always delicious, too. Join the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in this ancient Jewish tradition as we knead, braid, and bake our way through the spiritual side of challah baking. Leave with a baked challah ready to eat and dough to bake in your home.
Thursday, September 19 | 6:30 to 9 p.m. | $40 members, $50 public
Friday, October 18 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | $40 members, $50 public