Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is one of the High Holidays on the Jewish calendar, and also one of the most festive. Families gather together to revel in the memories of the year past, repent for their wrongdoings, and celebrate the beginning of the sweet new year ahead, symbolized by fresh apples dipped in honey. It is truly a holiday of joy, life, and thanksgiving, and New York City offers families many options to ring in the new year with others.
Rosh Hashanah is celebrated on the first and second days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. This year, the holiday begins at sundown on Oct. 2 and continues until Oct. 4.
If you or someone you know is in search of either a temple of worship or Rosh Hashanah dinner to attend, here are some places in the city that open their doors for services and/or dinner. (Tickets and reservations may apply.)
92nd Street Y
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
92nd Street Y offers High Holiday services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 92Y also offers family services for those who are more comfortable bringing their small children to a child-centered gathering. 92Y’s High Holiday services are non-denominational, offering people with a wide range of Jewish backgrounds, knowledge, and sensibilities a variety of ways to connect at this special time of the Jewish year.
If you’re looking for a High Holiday service in New York City that is meaningful, beautiful, spiritual, intelligent, and traditional, then come to Ohel Ayalah. Rosh Hashanah services will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at their Manhattan location at at Prince George Ballroom, 15 E 27 St.
For a full listing of all their high holiday services, check out their schedule here.
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a congregation that especially welcomes lesbian, gay, bissexual, and transgender members of the community.
CBST has an open door – all are welcome to join for the High Holy Days, free of charge. All non-members are asked to please pre-register. Registration entitles you to attend any and all services – you do not need to complete individual registrations for each service that you will attend.
CBST members are guaranteed priority seating and do not need to pre-register.
For a full listing of their high holiday services, check out their schedule here.
Chabad Jewish Center
37 West 65th Street
(Between Columbus Ave. & Central Park West)
New York, NY 10023-5923
Chabad Of West 60s Website
The Chabad Jewish Center will kick off their high holidays services with a candlelight vigil at their Midtown location on Oct. 2. Services will last through the Rosh Hashanah and into Yom Kippur.
Though everyone is welcome, registration is necessary to attend their services. Special child-friendly programs are also available for families with young ones. Check their schedule here for a complete list of services.
The Shul Of New York
The Shul of New York, a Reform synagogue and a synagogue for spiritual Judaism, is proud to hold its High Holy Day services and some other events at New York’s oldest, still-standing synagogue (the third oldest in the United States), the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts on the Lower East Side.
Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts
172 Norfolk Street
(just south of Houston Street)
For more information and to reserve your tickets, check out their holiday schedule here.