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High Holy Days 2019/5780

High Holy Day Services Ticket Information | Book of Remembrance 5780
 For Families | Frequently Asked Questions Service Schedule

High Holy Day Services

Services in the Sanctuary and Ballroom

We invite all of our families to join us for services in either the Sanctuary or the Ballroom. Sanctuary worship includes the majestic sounds of our professional choir and musicians while Ballroom service incorporates contemporary, participatory music with professional musicians.

Ticket Information

Tickets will be mailed to members in good standing in late August.

The Will-Call table, located in our courtyard, will open 45 minutes prior to the start of each service.

Guest & Non-Member Seats
We have a limited number of Guest & Non-Member seats available.

Guest Seats (available for purchase by Temple Israel Members for family & friends). Purchase here

  • Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur - $450
  • Rosh Hashanah only - $300
  • Yom Kippur only - $300

Non-Member Seats (available for purchase by Non Temple Israel Members for our Ballroom Service). Purchase here

  • Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur - $740
  • Rosh Hashanah only - $450
  • Yom Kippur only - $450
  • Rockin' Family Service (Both Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur) - $180 per family

*Location of Guest & Non-Member seats cannot be guaranteed. Non-members may apply their ticket purchase amount towards their membership dues for the 2019-2020 year if they join immediately after the High Holy Days. Tickets are available for purchase by non-members for a maximum of three years. Tickets are neither refundable nor transferable. Sanctuary main floor seating is reserved for Temple Israel Members.

NYConnect (20s/30s Group)
NYConnect is Temple Israel’s group for young professionals in their 20s and 30s. At least once a month, NYConnect gathers for various events throughout the city including Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, and mixers. Come join NYConnect for the High Holy Days to meet other dynamic Jews in New York City. Purchase tickets here.

Not Using Your Tickets?
Please let us know as soon as possible if you will not be using some or all of your seats for the High Holy Day Services. Email Susanna Kochan,

Will you be traveling during the High Holy Days? If so, please contact the Temple Office and let us know. Through the URJ (Union of Reform Judaism) & WUPJ (World Union for Progressive Judaism), individuals who belong to a Reform Congregation can attend High Holy Day Services at other Reform/Progressive congregations throughout the world. We can help you with reciprocal tickets at a Reform synagogue in your destination city. As a leader of the WUPJ, Rabbi Gelfand also has contacts with Jewish communities in many corners of the world. Contact the  Susanna Kochan for reciprocity at 646-292-9490.

Book of Remembrance 5780 

We invite you to honor the memory of your loved ones by listing their names in our annual Book of RemembranceThe Book of Remembrance also includes The Perpetual Yahrzeit List, which memorializes those whose names are consecrated on Memorial Plaques, Seats, Windows, and our congregation's ritual items. We will distribute The Book of Remembrance at our Yizkor Memorial Service on Yom Kippur afternoon. We encourage all to engage in this act of thoughtful, generous tzedakahas a sacred way to honor loved ones, so their goodness will bless the lives of others. Donate/add names to Book of Remembrance here.

Please contact: Sarah Steingold at 646-292-9465

If there are no changes, we will print names given last year. If there are changes, we will only print names that are received by Friday, September 13.

For Families

High Holy Day Rockin' Family Services (Families with children Grades K-6)
These intergenerational & interactive services, led by Rabbi Melissa Buyer-Witman and our Musical Artist-in-Residence, Sheldon Low, are geared towards families with children in Grades K–6. These special services are designed to engage the whole family with music that introduces your children to the High Holy Days, using a child-friendly Mahzor (Prayerbook), as well as stories with themes and messages that will engage your family in meaningful discussion.

Tickets are included with membership but must be requested for these High Holy Day Rockin’ Family Services. Tickets available for purchase by Non-members (please see Ticket information for details).

Tot Services
Join our Rabbis, Cantors & song leader, along with some surprise guests, for our exciting, interactive Tot Services with our very special colorful, story-filled prayer book. We invite all our families with young children, ages 2-5 (Pre-K) to join in these joyful and creative experiences on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

H2D Project: Interactive • Dynamic • Inspiring
Grades K-5. Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Mornings
Age-appropriate and celebratory programming for children while parents attend adult services. Children and teens in Grades K-5 join in discussions, create artwork, games and programs that help them delve into the themes of the season. In addition, they participate in a half-hour children’s age-appropriate service within their individual grades led by Rabbi Melissa Buyer-Witman & Rabbi David Reinhart. Pre-registration required. Register here.

Yom Tov Tots
For children ages 2 – 5 years old (Pre-K) we have Yom Tov Tots. It is our goal to provide your children with quality programming so you can participate in our adult services. Check your child(ren) in fifteen minutes prior to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Register here.

Our goal is to make the children feel welcome and safe in our synagogue and to enable our parents to worship with the knowledge that their children are enjoying their own High Holy Day experience. 

Registration for H2D and Yom Tov Tots is free if completed by 5pm on the Friday preceding the holiday. Registrations made after this time will only be allowed at the door beginning at 10:30am, if space is available, and will be charged a fee of $25 per child per day. Cancellations are free if made at least 24 hours before the event. Cancellations made after this time, or no-shows at the event, may be be charged $25 per child per day. For safety and security, children are not permitted to check themselves in or out of the program at any time. No child will be permitted to leave the program without an authorized adult to check them out.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Services in the Sanctuary & Ballroom?
Sanctuary worship includes the majestic sounds of our professional choir and musicians while Ballroom worship incorporates contemporary, participatory music with professional musicians. Both Services use the same new prayerbook, Mishkan HaNefesh, and are appropriate for adults and children in Grades 3 and up.

Why do I see only one service time listed for Erev Rosh Hashanah
On Erev Rosh Hashanah at 6:00pm, you can choose to either attend the service in the Sanctuary or the Rockin’ Family Service in the Ballroom (Grades 2-6), or even get a taste of each.

Do I need a ticket for my child?
Everyone attending High Holy Day Services in the Ballroom and Sanctuary will need a High Holy Day ticket.

What time is the Yom Kippur Yizkor Memorial Service?
The Yizkor Memorial Service is part of the Afternoon Service which begins at 4:00pm, concluding at 6:15pm.

Can you change the temperature in the Sanctuary or Ballroom during services?
Due to varying room temperatures in our building, we suggest you bring a shawl, sweater or jacket. As cooling such large spaces, often filled to capacity, is a constant challenge.

Service Schedule

Selichot - Saturday, September 21

  • Selichot Film: Act of Defiance - at Temple Israel | 7:30pm
  • Service of Reflection & Forgiveness - at Temple Israel | 10:00pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Sunday, September 29

  • Service in the Sanctuary | 6:00-7:30pm
  • Rockin' Family Service (Grades K-6) | 6:00-7:00pm, followed by Oneg
  • Rosh Hashanah Eve Oneg | 7:30pm

Rosh Hashanah First Day - Monday, September 30

  • Services in the Sanctuary & Ballroom | 10:00am
  • Tot Rosh Hashanah - ages 2-5 (Pre-K) | 9-9:45am
  • Yom Tov Tots - ages 2-5(Pre-K) | 9:45am-12:30pm
  • H2D Project (Grades K-5) | 9:45am-12:30pm
  • Tashlich at Carl Schurz Park (rain or shine) | 4:30pm
  • NYConnect (20s/30s) Appletinis & Appetizers | Off-site | 8:00pm

Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day - Tuesday, October 1

  • RoshHashanahLIVE Service | 10:00-11:30am
  • Tot Rosh Hashanah Concert - ages 2-5 (Pre-K) | 10:00-11:30am
  • Informal New Year’s Lunch | 11:30am-12:15pm

Kol Nidre - Tuesday, October 8

  • Rockin' Family Service (Grades K-6) | 6:00-7:00pm
  • Services in the Sanctuary & Ballroom | 8:00pm

Yom Kippur Day – Wednesday, October 9

  • Services in the Sanctuary & Ballroom | 10:00am
  • Tot Yom Kippur - ages 2-5 (Pre-K) | 9-9:45am
  • Yom Tov Tots -ages 2-5 (Pre-K) | 9:45am-12:45pm
  • H2D Project (Grades K-5) | 9:45am-12:30pm
  • Social Action Lecture | 1:00pm
  • Moments of Meaning: Inspirational Opportunities | 2:45pm
  • Afternoon Torah Reading, Yizkor Memorial & Neilah Service | 4:00pm
  • Congregational Break Fast | 6:30pm
Fri, October 18 2019 19 Tishrei 5780