High Holidays FAQs
What is JCP?
The Jewish Community Project Downtown (JCP) was founded fifteen years ago by families and individuals to build a unique and pluralistic Jewish community on their own terms. Our signature programs include education, Shabbat and holiday celebrations and community events open to all.
Do I have to be a member to attend?
Individual tickets to our High Holy Days services are available for you to buy. Of course, Jewish communities are ultimately sustained by a membership model where each of us are stakeholders and supporters in whatever ways we can. We are proud of who we are and what we have built and believe you would greatly enjoy becoming a member! Learn more & join JCP >
Wait a minute, I thought you were a Preschool. Is JCP also a synagogue?
JCP continues to grow and evolve just as our community has grown and evolved. The Shabbat and holiday calendar are two of the most powerful gravitational pulls of Jewish civilization. Learning, deeds of loving-kindness and a sense of connectedness to Jews throughout New York, Israel and the rest of the world are the countless connections we make each day.
Are you Reform? Conservative? Something else?
The Jewish perspectives we teach and style of our religious services reflect a diversity of Jewish background, practice, and ideology. When we say we are pluralistic or post-denominational, we are reflecting a practice that belonging comes first, that community itself is the focus of our ideology. Our leadership strives to make sure there are multiple entry points into our community for Jews and non-Jews, and that communal worship services include something for everyone, in the hopes that we can all learn and grow together, and from one another.
Okay, I get that. But I’m not going to be overwhelmed by the amount of Hebrew at services, or find many traditions lacking?
We can’t tell you what you’ll feel, but we can tell you that we make Hebrew singing accessible with transliterations, and we seek a balance of style of prayer, song, reading, and study throughout our services, whether on Shabbat or on the High Holidays.
What’s happening for the kids in my life?
For the youngest children and their families, there is a Tot Rosh Hashanah and Tot Yom Kippur service at 9 AM. Then, the first of each regular service will be especially friendly to our grade and middle school youth. They are welcome to stay throughout or join our experiential youth educators for special programs for them to reflect on the messages of the season.
Wow, High Holiday tickets are expensive!
We do not want finances to be an obstacle for anyone. Please contact Alex Kogan at email@example.com or 212-334-3522 to make arrangements.