New York High Holiday Services
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Yom Kippur Services
Tuesday Evening, Sept. 18 and Wednesday, Sept. 19 (service times and schedule details at the below venues vary and are subject to change, so please confirm with your venue of choice for up-to-date schedules and more details)
KOL NIDRE AT THE HARLEM MINYAN
The Harlem Minyan — a grass-roots, lay-led egalitarian congregation — is pleased to announce its Kol Nidre services on Yom Kippur eve, led by Rabbi David Gedzelman. — JCC Harlem, 318 W. 118th St. (bet. Manhattan and Frederick Douglass). For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/HarlemMinyanKolNidre2018. Free and open to the public.
JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Join JTS congregants as they sing, pray, reflect, and strive for moments of spiritual connection this Yom Kippur. Space is limited; learn more at jtsa.edu. — Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd St.). Yom Kippur tickets are $36 per person and includes all services.
OHEL AYALAH – FREE
YJPs 20-30 are invited to attend free walk-in services in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The services are egalitarian and traditional; prayers will be chanted in Hebrew and interspersed with English explanations, comments and readings. — For the full schedules at each location, visit ohelayalah.org/events/highholydays.
REFORM SERVICES – FREE
College students, graduate students, post-docs, interns, military personnel and young adults away from home are invited to Reform services. — Marble Collegiate Church, 1 W. 29th St. (corner of Fifth Ave.), BerniesServices.org.
STANTON STREET SHUL – FREE
The Orthodox Stanton Street Shul offers free High holiday services, complete with StantonKids children’s programming. Kindly register in advance (but no tickets required), so we can prepare and keep you updated on any schedule changes or new program announcements. — 180 Stanton St., (212) 533-4122, stantonstshul.com.
THE WALL STREET SYNAGOGUE – FREE
Aiming to heighten the appreciation and observance of Yom Kippur among the non- affiliated, the Wall Street Synagogue offers a musical service with user-friendly, causal explanations, narration and interpretations conveying the meaning of the prayers. Also featured are lively congregational singing and a special beginners service. — 47 Beekman St. (bet. Gold and Williams streets), thewallstreetsynagogue.org. No charge, but RSVP to (212) 227-7800.
KOL HANESHAMAH – FREE
Renowned Cantor Ari Klein will lead services together with Mo Kiss and the Neshamah a cappella group. Cantor Klein is known for blending the melodies of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach with the traditional liturgical classics, and Mo’s participatory R&B style adds a new dimension to the traditional liturgy. Plus, after the day full of food for thought, Kol Haneshamah caps off Yom Kippur with a break-fast. Day child care available. — 805 Columbus Ave. (entrance on 100th St.). Limited seating, so RSVP recommended at email@example.com, (646) 678-2084.
EAST SIDE SYNAGOGUE
The community is invited to spend Yom Kippur at East Side Synagogue, now marking 35 years and especially open to the unaffiliated and uninitiated. In addition to services, there will be special speakers related to themes of social justice, musical presentations, and time set aside for personal reflection, meditation, and inner-growth exercises as well as memorials and a service of healing for grief of all kinds. — Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8:55 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. morning services, 2:45 p.m. afternoon service, 4:45 p.m. Yizkor/memorial and concluding services, All Souls Sanctuary, 1157 Lexington Ave. (bet. 79th and 80th streets), besthighholidayservices.com. No tickets or RSVP needed, though important information must be obtained in advance by listening to the information line at (212) 560-2222.
THE ACTORS’ TEMPLE
Rabbi/Cantor Jill Hausman, cantorial assistant Aron Bederson and pianist James Besser continue ushering in the New Year with a musical service of spirituality, acceptance and creativity. — 339 W. 47th St. For more information and tickets, visit theactorstemple.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 245-6975.
THE CITY CONGREGATION FOR HUMANISTIC JUDASIM
Join secular, musical Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services that combine familiar passages with innovative language, so that cultural Jews can mark the holidays in a way consistent with their humanistic beliefs. Lead by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer and congregation members. Children attend their own participatory program, joining the congregation for the blowing of the shofar. — Watson Hotel, 440 W. 57th St., (212) 213-1002. For tickets, visit citycongregation.org/events/yom-kippur-service/.
Congregation Habonim (“the Builders”) invites the public to Conservative services, with children’s services and junior congregations. — 103 West End Ave., (212) 787-5347, habonim.net. $150 member/$240 nonmember.
Rabbi Eugene Wernick and Cantor Shiree Kidron lead Conservative holiday services, as well as a special service for kids, some of which do not require tickets. — 308 E. 55th St., (212) 752-1200. For more information and tickets, visit east55.org.
WEST END SYNAGOGUE – FREE
The Reconstructionist West End Synagogue makes High Holy Day guest tickets available for purchase to nonmembers on a first come, first served basis. They also offer free family services, children’s activities, study sessions, nature walk, child care and Havdalah. Services are not held at WES; contact the office for more information. — 190 Amsterdam Ave. (at 69th St.), (212) 579-0777, email@example.com; guest ticket order form can be downloaded at westendsynagogue.org.
SUTTON PLACE SYNAGOGUE
Located in the center of NYC in Midtown East, SPS offers meaningful holiday service for members and nonmembers alike as well as a separate service for Young Professionals. There are also specialized programs for children, teens and families. Visit spsnyc.org/spiritual-life/festivals-and-holidays for more details and to RSVP or call (212) 593-3300.
THE BEIS COMMUNITY – FREE
Open, welcoming services in the Heights with a lot of singing, spirit, reflection and a mechitzah, as well as non-prayer textual study and breakout sessions. Cap off the day with a break fast. — Beis Space, 587 Ft. Washington Ave. (at 187th St.), beiscommunity.com. For any questions or more info: Hart@beiscommunity.com.
TEMPLE SHAARAY TEFILA
Shaaray Tefila strives to help Reform Jews throughout New York, from the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown, Downtown and anywhere in between find a place within its congregational community, offering early and late services, children’s programming, teen and family services and study sessions. Contact the shul for more info and to RSVP. —250 E. 79th St., (212) 535-8008, shaaraytefilanyc.org.
BAY RIDGE JEWISH CENTER
Join BRJC for participatory, easy to follow, and friendly Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services with the dynamic Rabbi Bob Judd and Cantor Sarah Meyerson. Along with Yiskor memorial prayers there will be the Yom Kippur Family Experience (10 a.m. for children 0-5 and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5 and up). End the day with Neilah at 4:30 p.m., and have the opportunity to stand before the ark. — 405 81st St. (at 4th Ave.). For questions and/or tickets: (718) 836-3103, firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAST MIDWOOD JEWISH CENTER
All are invited to join Yom Kippur services, conducted by Rabbi Matt Carl and Cantor Sam Levine, along with the returning Assistant Cantor Julia Ostrov in the beautiful Sanctuary. Reserve your seat at https://squareup.com/store/emjc/. – 1625 Ocean Ave., (718) 338-3800, email@example.com. $125 members/$175 nonmembers (each ticket covers both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services).
CHABAD OF NORTH BROOKLYN – FREE
Join Chabad for meaningful, easy-to-follow High Holiday services and community dinners in a welcoming environment. Check chabadofnorthbrooklyn.com for complete services and holiday dinner schedule, and to reserve your seat, please call (718) 388-0748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. — Chabad of North Brooklyn, 132 N. 5th St. #2C, entrance on Bedford Ave., between N4 and N5 next to bookstore.
UNION TEMPLE OF BROOKLYN – FREE
This Reform congregation offers musical services with a modern approach to tradition. Toddlers, preschoolers and older children will have their own separate services, which are noted for their warmth, music and accessibility, and professional child care is available during adult services. For details and to RSVP (recommended), visit uniontemple.org/worship/holidays. — 17 Eastern Parkway, (718) 638-7600, uniontemple.nirsham.com.
KOLOT CHAYEINU – FREE
This inclusive and very progressive community offers services, open to all. Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, Cantor Lisa B. Segal and student Rabbi Miriam Grossman lead the main services. There will also be special services for families and children. Free, but get there early because there’s no reserved seating. Doors open 45 minutes before services. — 1012 Eighth Ave. (bet. 10th and 11th St.), (718) 354-8224/9950, kolotchayeinu.org.
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS SYNAGOGUE
This Reform congregation welcomes all for to worship with them for the High Holy Days, and offers free adult, youth and family services. Please consult the BHS website/contact email@example.com for the full schedule and any inquiries. Services take place at Plymouth Church (75 Hicks St.). — 131 Remsen St., (718) 522-2070, bhsbrooklyn.org.
KANE STREET SYNAGOGUE
Kane Street Synagogue welcomes all members, their guests and the wider community to join its High Holiday services, as well as its many activities throughout the season, from Rosh HaShanah through Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Child care and family services available. — 236 Kane St., (718) 875-1550, firstname.lastname@example.org, kanestreet.org/high-holidays-tix. Members free/$250 individual nonmember/$75 per nonmember family for Family Services Only.
Welcoming Jews from varying backgrounds and experiences, Brooklyn Jews hold traditional services with a progressive outlook, geared toward getting young people and families involved in Judaism. For Yom Kippur, Brooklyn Jews continues its High Holy Day observance, with services led by student Rabbi Matt Green and student Cantor Sarah Grabiner alongside other musicians and participation from community members and using nondenominational prayer books to strike a balance between modern and traditional texts and melodies. For more information about Brooklyn Jews’ programs, contact rabbinic intern Matt Green: email@example.com. — All Saints Episcopal Church, 286 7th Ave., Park Slope, (718) 768-3814. CBE members free/nonmembers pay $30 per certain services/$100 for all services (visit cbebk.org/hhds/brooklynjews for more information).
TEMPLE BETH EMETH V’OHR PROGRESSIVE SHAARI ZEDEK
The congregation is a mix of people: married and single, with and without children, straight and LGBTQ, Jewish and not Jewish, with and without disabilities, as well as many races, ethnicities and ages. – 83 Marlborough Road, bethemeth.net. Tickets available: call Alice at the Temple office to purchase; (718) 282-1596.
EAST MIDWOOD JEWISH CENTER
All are invited to join Yom Kippur services, conducted by Rabbi Matt Carl and Cantor Sam Levine, along with the returning Assistant Cantor Julia Ostrov in the beautiful Sanctuary. Children’s services, attendees with hearing difficulties, Russian services and free out-of-town high school and college age youth options available. RSVP required. – 1625 Ocean Ave., (718) 338-3800, firstname.lastname@example.org. $125 members/$175 nonmembers.
JEWISH CENTER OF THE HAMPTONS
On this sacred day, the whole community unites to continue the beginning of the Jewish holiday cycle. – 44 Woods Lane, East Hampton, jcoh.org. Tickets (members free) available via (631) 324-9858 and email@example.com.
The High Holidays, also known as the Yamim Nora’im, are a period of personal reflection, introspection and (subdued) celebration. Temple Sinai of Roslyn is an inclusive Reform congregation that offers a warm welcome and nurturing home to all who seek a meaningful connection to Judaism. – 425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, (516) 621-6800, mysinai.org. Contact the shul for tickets.
DIX HILLS JEWISH CENTER
Continue welcoming in the New Year with musical services led by Rabbi Buechler and Cantor Hevenstone. There will be services and programming for adults, teens, children and families. Babysitting available. – 555 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, (631) 499-6644.
THE CHAI CENTER
One of New York’s most unorthodox Orthodox synagogues, The Chai Center is a popular place for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations, and holds annual High Holiday services for all those interested in a revitalizing and meaningful New Year. – 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, (631) 351-8672, firstname.lastname@example.org. Free, but contributions welcome ($125 adults/$50 children).
TOWN OF OYSTER BAY CHABAD
Chabad has you covered for a sweet New Year. All are welcome to attend any and all services throughout the High Holy Day season. There will also be youth services (one for ages 3-6; another for ages 6 and up), so your children can learn about and enjoy the holiday in a warm, welcoming setting. – 678 Woodbury Road, Woodbury, (516) 682-0404, jewishtob.org. Tickets ($79-$89) include a reserved seat at all scheduled services, whichever attendees wish to attend.
TEMPLE ADAS ISRAEL – FREE
All are welcome at Temple Adas Israel, a warm and growing Reform Jewish synagogue on the East End of Long Island. Usher in the New Year with Rabbi Daniel Geffen and Cantor Jordan Shaner over an array of services on a first come, first served basis. – 30 Atlantic Ave., Sag Harbor, (631) 725-0904, info@TempleAdasIsrael.org.
CHABAD OF PORT WASHINGTON – FREE
You’re invited to join Chabad for warm, enjoyable High Holiday services that will keep you engaged and leave you inspired. No matter your level of observance or knowledge of Hebrew, you’ll feel right at home. Plus, kids attending children’s services will receive Jewish-themed fidget spinners. RSVP required. – 80 Shore Road, Port Washington, (516) 767-8672, email@example.com. Donation appreciated.
HILLCREST JEWISH CENTER
A landmark Conservative synagogue serving Queens, Hillcrest JC seeks to foster a love of Judaism and inspire acts of “Tikkun Olam,” making the world a better place, and there’s no better time to reflect and explore than at High Holy Day services. Please contact the shul for more information. – 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, (718) 380-4145, hillcrestjc.org.
YOUNG ISRAEL OF JAMAICA ESTATES
An Orthodox congregation offering creative and diverse educational and spiritual programming throughout the High Holy Days and beyond, including a youth program. YIJE is permeated by a warm, inclusive atmosphere with members who span the ideological, religious and demographic spectrum, and who, together, share a profound sense of joy in belonging to a large, extended family. – 83-10 188th St., Jamaica Estates, (718) 479-7500, yije.org. $145 adults/$115 children (22 and under who are unmarried)/$225 for nonmembers.
YOUNG ISRAEL OF KEW GARDENS HILLS
Seats can be reserved for members and nonmembers like at the Orthodox synagogue’s traditional services. RSVP form can be found online at yikgh.org. – 150-05 70th Road, Flushing, (718) 261-9723, firstname.lastname@example.org. $100 adult members/$150 adult nonmembers/$50 children (17 and under) members/$75 children nonmembers.
REGO PARK JEWISH CENTER
The Rego Park Jewish Center is a traditional Conservative synagogue that balances a commitment to the time-honored traditions and ceremonies of Halakhic Judaism with everyday life in the modern world; the result is a spiritual home that welcomes Jews of every persuasion, regardless of religious background or observance level. Join RPJC for its Yom Kippur services and contemplate the prayers and meaning of “all inhabitants of the world pass before G-d like a flock of sheep.” – RSVP for schedule, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, (718) 459-1000, regoparkjewishcenter.com.
TEMPLE TIKVAH – FREE
Come on in and celebrate Yom Kippur with a dynamic and inclusive Reform congregation where you truly belong. From young families to seniors to singles to interfaith and same-sex couples, all are welcome to partake in a spiritual environment where joy and personal connections flourish. Pre-registration required at email@example.com. – 3315 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park, (516) 746-1120, templetikvah.org.
TEMPLE BETH ABRAHAM
Open to the community, and guests are welcome, to TBA’s Yom Kippur Conservative and/or Reform services. For security purposes, everyone is required to show proper ID and/or have a guest pass issued by the office. — 25 Leroy Ave., Tarrytown, (914) 631-1770, tba-ny.org. Free; tickets not required.
YOUNG FAMILIES YOM KIPPUR SERVICE
Rabbi Goldsmith and Cantor Stone will lead this service for families with children ages 8 and under with singing, storytelling, and prayer to mark this holy day. For ages 8 and under; older siblings are always invited. Open to the public. — Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2:15-2:45 p.m., Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Ave. E., Rye. RSVP to Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org or (914) 967-4382×21.
CHABAD OF SCARSDALE – FREE
All are welcome to High Holiday services at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club with Chabad of Scarsdale! Walk-ins are welcome, RSVP appreciated, and services are held free-of-charge. There will also be children’s programs (10:30 a.m. on both days of Rosh HaShanah and the day of Yom Kippur). To RSVP or for more information, please contact: (914) 527-2077, email@example.com. — Scarsdale Woman’s Club, 37 Drake Road, Scarsdale, chabadofscarsdale.com.
PELHAM JEWISH CENTER – FREE
The Pelham Jewish Center, an egalitarian and Conservative synagogue in lower Westchester County, offers holiday services and an array of related programs for kids, teens and families. Kindly RSVP to ensure seating space. For a comprehensive holiday schedule, visit thepjc.org. — 451 Esplanade, Pelham Manor, (914) 738-6008.
BET AM SHALOM SYNAGOGUE
This Reconstructionist Jewish community invites everyone; all generations and religious backgrounds including interfaith families, empty nesters, singles, LGBTQ, the scholarly and observant as well as those new to Judaism. The services mix prayers, singing and discussions of intellectual content. Main service will be in the tent; separate one-hour family service for adults with children. —295 Soundview Ave., White Plains. No tickets and no reserved seating, but RSVP recommended at betamshalom.org.
YOUNG ISRAEL OF SCARSDALE
This Modern Orthodox synagogue offers nontraditional, insight-oriented services geared towards Jews of all backgrounds and levels of observance, particularly the unaffiliated. — 1313 Weaver St., Scarsdale, (914) 636-8686, yisny.org. To RSVP or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. $100.
TEMPLE ISRAEL OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER
Join multigenerational, musical Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services led by Rabbi Jennifer Jaech and Cantor Devorah Avery, featuring the synagogue choir Hallel B’shir. Accessible for all ages and providing families an opportunity to worship together. All are welcome; membership not required. — 31 Glengary Road, Croton-on-Hudson. Visit tinw.org for the schedule, call (914) 271-4705×21 to request seat cards and email email@example.com with any questions.