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
Monday, September 10
New York Law School, 185 West Broadway

9:00 AM | Tot Rosh Hashanah

Join our clergy 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.

10:15 AM | Morning Service

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 begin at 10:15 AM, adults together with youth and teens.

11:00 AM | Youth Program begins

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 11:15 AM to 12:00 PM, followed by rejoining their families for Shofar Service.

12:00 PM | Shofar Service

12:30 PM | Kiddush & Light Lunch

Following services at 12:30 PM at New York Law School.

1:30 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 1:30 PM and gather for a short ceremony and throw a few bread crumbs into the Hudson.

ROSH HASHANAH DAY II
Tuesday, September 11
JCP, 146 Duane Street

10:00 AM | Service, Text Study & 9/11 Observance

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. This year we will also commemorate the 9/11 Anniversary. Services will begin at 10:00 AM at JCP.

11:00 AM | Youth Sing-along*

12:00 PM | Kiddush and light lunch

YOM KIPPUR

KOL NIDRE / YOM KIPPUR EVE
Tuesday, September 18
New York Law School, 185 West Broadway

6:30 PM | Kol Nidre Service

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 6:30 PM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway.

7:30 PM | Youth Program begins

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 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM, followed by rejoining their families for the remainder of services.

YOM KIPPUR
Wednesday, September 19
New York Law School, 185 West Broadway

9:00 AM | Tot Yom Kippur

Join our clergy 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.

10:15 AM | Morning Service

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 10:15 AM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway and expect to conclude by 12:30 PM.

11:00 AM | Youth program begins

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 12:00 PM, followed by rejoining their families for the remainder of services.

12:45 PM | Break following services

4:00 PM | Teaching and Discussion*

5:30 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 5:30 PM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway and conclude by 6:00 PM.

6:30 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 6:30 PM at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway.

7:45 PM | Shofar, Havdalah, and light Break Fast*

At 7:45, 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.