High Holy Days 2016 – New York City

Looking for somewhere to go for High Holy Days 2016/5777?

Here are some ideas, suggestions, etc. for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  Some include meals, break fast, programs, and more along with services:

Please, note that the information below is gathered as a service. Please, visit the specific website, contact the synagogue or organization, etc. to make sure that the information is accurate.

Already updated for High Holy Days 2016/5777, this Page Will continue to be updated for 2016/5777 as new information becomes available. If you have information to add, or services or opportunities to highlight, please contact me here or post below.  Thanks.

Good Luck and Shana Tova.

A few notes:

  • Wherever you’re thinking of going, it’s worth calling ahead/registering ahead to make sure there’s space, etc.
  • Students are free just about everywhere.
  • If you belong to a synagogue outside of Manhattan, most synagogues will honor that membership if you have a letter/email from your home congregation.
  • In many cases, while first day services have a cost, second day Rosh Hashana are open to the community and are free.
  • There are a few free choices as well.

 Places to go for High Holy Day Services:

Absolutely worth checking out:

BecauseJewish – Rabbi Dan Ain and Jeremiah Lockwood at The Brooklyn Bowl (Rosh Hashana) and at Roulette Intermedium for Kol Nidrei and Shapeshifter Lab for Yom Kippur: This will be a creative blast.  Have fun. Click here for holiday information and registration.

Lab/Shul provides a creative, interactive, meaningful experience. If nothing else, check out the High Holy Day page on the website. There is a fee, though you will have choices.  Register ahead of time.

Romemu – Consider for Shabbat, High Holy Days 2017 or for a High Holy Day meal (or, of course, joining).  All Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services are already at capacity.  On the Upper West Side, Romemu seeks to integrate body, mind, and soul in Jewish practice. Services are eclectic and spirit-filled. Romemu creates a space that resonates with people from many backgrounds.  Tickets are required for High Holy Day services. https://romemu.org/?q=highholidays

Lists and Locations:

The Harlem Minyan – Kol Nidre ONLY – Date: Tuesday, October 11 Time: 6:10 pm        Location: JCC Harlem, 318 W 118th St (between Manhattan and Frederick Douglass)  Once again, The Harlem Minyan is pleased to announce that we will be offering Kol Nidre services on Yom Kippur eve. The Harlem Minyan is a grass-roots, lay-led egalitarian congregation that has been meeting in Central Harlem for the past four years.  Services will be led by Rabbi David Gedzelman.  Words of Torah will be shared by Amy Klein. Services are free and open to the public, but for space and security reasons we do ask that you RSVP (JCC security will not admit individuals who are not on the RSVP list). To register and receive complete event details please  RSVP  to the following email address with the names of those in your party who will be attending: theharlemminyan@gmail.com  Please put “Kol Nidre RSVP” in the subject line.  Please note: as our regular children’s program will not run during this service, we kindly ask families with young children to make alternative arrangements so that we can ensure a quiet and meaningful prayer experience.

There is a list of virtually all available High Holy Day Services offered in the five boroughs here: http://www.ujafedny.org/high-holidays/high-holiday-services/.  You need to share name, email and phone. The list shows denomination, cost, etc. Most on the Upper West Side have a cost involved, unless you are a student.

Kolot Chayeinu: High Holy Day Services don’t require a ticket or advanced reservations. Kolot Chayeinu wants to continue to offer a rich community open to everyone free of charge and, therefore, the congregation recommends an amount for members and non-members to donate & suggests that everyone contribute something. http://kolotchayeinu.org/high_holy_days_2016_5777

Try Tamid: The Downtown Synagogue.  While there is a cost, they are incredibly welcoming and the cost is reasonable. A great option below 23rd St.

Beineinu has friendly, inclusive, participatory and musical services for Rosh Hashanah/Tashlich and Yom Kippur/Yizkor. Beineinu is focused largely on families, especially families looking to create their own Jewish path. Registration is required and there is a cost for tickets.  They will work with families to make sure that finances are not a barrier to participate. Click here for more general information. To register or see times and cost click here.

*Free Services that look pretty great: http://www.ohelayalah.org/ – I know names of most of the rabbis involved, though I only know them in passing. I also suspect that the services are aimed towards an under-35 crowd. – Community focused with mostly conservative clergy. Typically, registration opens a few weeks prior to Rosh Hashana. Please note that half the seats at all services at all locations are set aside for walk-ins.  If you want them to send you a reminder to register, add your name to the OA email list.

Most Hillels offer services that are open to the community.  Check the specific Hillel websites.  Columbia/Barnard Hillel might be a good bet.  There’s a $136 suggested donation that includes both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Reform and Conservative services are offered.

Central Synagogue Community Services in Manhattan: http://www.centralsynagogue.org/hhd/

Hope that helps.  Let me know if you need more information or have questions. You can contact me here. I may not be able to respond right away for the next couple of weeks, but I’ll try.

Shana Tova u’Metukah,



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