Your Downtown Home for the High Holidays

High Holiday Services & Program Schedule

Programs marked by an asterisk ( * ) are free of charge, but advance registration is still required.

ROSH HASHANAH

ROSH HASHANAH DAY I
Thursday, September 21
New York Law School, 185 West Broadway

9:00 AM | Tot Rosh Hashanah

Join Rabbi Jason Klein and Jacob Stein for a lively musical experience designed for our youngest children (up to five years old) and their adults. This short service will include prayer, movement, interactive puppetry, and new music, as we celebrate the New Year together.  We begin at 9:00 AM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway.

10:00 AM | Morning Services Begin

Rosh Hashanah is a day of new beginnings, a celebration of creation and an opportunity to account for who we are in our lives.  Through prayer and song, poetry and Torah reading, the sound of the shofar and the sound of silence, we will reflect on the past year and festively welcome the New Year together.  We are led by Rabbi Jason and Jacob Stein and begin at 10:00 AM, adults together with youth and teens, at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway.

11:00 AM | Youth Program: Can You Hear Me?

Through art forms and team building activities, we will connect to the stories in the Torah, think about ways in which we communicate our needs and intentions, and explore our identity in a hands-on and creative way. This program is for youth, ages 5–12 (5 year-olds should be accompanied by an adult), to participate in an age-appropriate, interactive Rosh Hashanah experience from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM, followed by rejoining their families for the remainder of services. Hannah Mira Friedland, incoming Program Coordinator of JCP’s Center for Jewish Life, is working with a team of program specialists for this experience, which begins at 11:00 AM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway. 

12:45 PM | Kiddush & Light Lunch

Following services at 12:45 PM at New York Law School. Sponsored by Liz Rosenberg & Adam Wierzbowski and Molly & Andy Snyder in memory of their beloved fathers Alan Rosenberg and Stuart Goldstone.

1:45 PM | Tashlich on the Hudson*

Tashlich means “casting out” and it is a Rosh Hashanah ceremony in which we pray near the water to symbolically cleanse ourselves from wrongdoings in the past year.  We will leave together from New York Law School at 1:45 PM and gather for a short ceremony and throw a few bread crumbs into the Hudson.

ROSH HASHANAH DAY II
Friday, September 22
JCP, 146 Duane Street

10:00 AM | Services followed by lunch*

Our second-day Rosh Hashanah experience includes more traditional cantorial melodies than our first-day services, and is a shorter service that includes a discussion about the Torah reading rather than a sermon. Services will begin at 10:00 AM at JCP. Laurie & Howard Kaminsky are sponsoring lunch following services.

3:00 PM | Shofar Blowing 101*

Back by popular demand for the fifth year in a row, join Michael Klein, a long-time shofar player and teacher, to learn about the shofar (ram’s horn) and for some practical lessons on how to produce sounds from your instrument.  Shofarot will be provided to share, or feel free to bring your own. Children accompanied by their adults and adults of all ages are welcome at 3:00 PM through 4:00 PM at JCP, 146 Duane Street.

3:45 PM | Puppets & music with Jacob Stein*

Join Jacob Stein for “Who Owns the Stars?”, holiday songs and a lesson on the importance of responsibility for each other and for the world. This program, designed for children up to age 5 accompanied by an adult, will take place from 3:45 PM until 4:30 PM at JCP, 146 Duane Street.

6:00 PM | Teen Family Shabbat Dinner

Join together for a home-hosted Shabbat dinner on the third evening of the New Year! Teens and their siblings, parents, grandparents or other family of teens here for the holiday are welcome. We begin at 6 PM at a home in Tribeca. Details will be sent before the holiday to those who register.

YOM KIPPUR

KOL NIDRE / YOM KIPPUR EVE
Friday, September 29
New York Law School, 185 West Broadway

6:15 PM | Kol Nidre services begin

Yom Kippur services begin with Kol Nidre, a declaration of forgiveness for unkept promises to ourselves.  We begin by hearing its melody interpreted on the cello and then sing its words.  Evening prayers for Yom Kippur include our first set of selichot, prayers for forgiveness, which are repeated throughout the holiday.  We gather at 6:15 PM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway.

7:15 PM | Youth program: “The Story of Tonight”

Join for a night under the stars in which we will hear a Yom Kippur–themed tale. In addition, we will create and share skits about saying “I’m sorry” and asking for forgiveness. This program is for youth, ages 5–12 (5 year-olds should be accompanied by an adult), to participate in an age-appropriate, interactive Yom Kippur experience from 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM, followed by rejoining their families for the remainder of services. Hannah Mira Friedland, Program Coordinator of JCP’s Center for Jewish Life, is working with a team of program specialists for this experience, which begins at 7:00 PM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway.

YOM KIPPUR
Saturday, September 30
New York Law School, 185 West Broadway

9:00 AM | Tot Yom Kippur

Join Rabbi Jason Klein and Jacob Stein for a lively musical experience designed for our youngest children (up to five years old) and their adults. This short service will include prayer, movement, interactive puppetry, and new music, as we reflect on the messages of Yom Kippur together.  We begin at 9:00 AM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway.

10:00 AM | Services begin

Yom Kippur is an opportunity to seek wholeness, to find connection and joy through the spiritual and not the material.  Prayers and fasting bring us on a journey toward vulnerability so we may feel renewed and reborn at day’s end.  Our prayers will be reflective, yet impassioned, and joyful as we seek forgiveness and move through the opening weeks of the new year with clearer consciences.  We begin at 10:00 AM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway and expect to conclude by 12:45 PM.

11:00 AM | Youth program: “Defying Gravity”

Yom Kippur presents an opportunity to reflect on who we are and who we want to become. In teams, youth will compete in a gravity-defying challenge. We will close with music making as we open our hearts to growth, forgiveness, and change. This program is for youth, ages 5–12 (5 year-olds should be accompanied by an adult), to participate in an age-appropriate, interactive Yom Kippur experience from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM, followed by rejoining their families for the remainder of services. Hannah Mira Friedland, Program Coordinator of JCP’s Center for Jewish Life, is working with a team of program specialists for this experience, which begins at 11:00 AM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway.

12:45 PM | Break following services

3:30 pm | Teaching and Discussions*

How do we embrace responsibility for the most vulnerable? What are the consequences of our actions? What is community? How do we each be our unique selves? Who are our heroes? How have humans played God?  What does belonging mean? Gather with this past year’s bar and bat mitzvah students to hear some of their teaching and reflection on what they have studied.  The format will include each young person presenting a teaching followed by a few minutes of questions and discussion for the whole community before the next teaching. Our conversation will take place at 3:30 PM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway.

5:15 PM | Yizkor (memorial) Service*

Holidays are times when those whom we love, who have died in years past, may feel especially absent to us.  Yizkor is the service of remembrance that takes place on four holidays each year at which we traditionally remember close relatives, and we may also think of others whose lives and legacies have meant so much to us.  Yizkor will begin at 5:15 PM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway and conclude by 6:00 PM.

6:15 PM | Ne’ilah (concluding) Service*

In ancient days, Ne’ilah was a daily ritual of the closing of the gates of the Temple in Jerusalem. Throughout the ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, the language of our prayers asks that we be written in the book of life.  As the sun begins to disappear during Ne’ilah, we ask that we be sealed in the book of life as we imagine the gates of heaven closing. Ne’ilah will begin at 6:15 PM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway.

7:20 PM | Shofar, Havdalah, and light Break Fast*

At 7:20, we will conclude the holiday with one more blast of the shofar, recite the Havdalah prayer separating the holiday from the next day, and end our fasts.