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 September 8 and continues until September 10.
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 Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association
92nd Street Y offers High Holiday services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, led by Rabbi Jen Krause and Cantorial Soloist/Musical Director Josh Nelson. 92Y also offers family services with Karina Zilberman 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.
Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church
Fifth Avenue at West 12th Street
Ohel Ayalah Website
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. There are no fees and no fundraising. In 2010, we are delighted to again be able to offer services in both Manhattan and Brooklyn: first day of Rosh Hashanah (Manhattan only), Kol Nidrei/Yom Kippur night at both locations, Yom Kippur morning (Brooklyn only), and – in both boroughs – an afternoon Yizkor service and a Study and Reflection Session, and an evening Ne’ilah service, followed by a (free) bagel break-fast.
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.
CBST’s High Holy Day services attract thousands. Through their Open Door fund, created in response to the historic exclusion of gays and lesbians from participating openly in most Jewish communities, CBST dispenses with the standard admission fees required to attend these important services. As a result, thousands, including some of the most notable New Yorkers, celebrate the High Holy Days with CBST at their various venues. Many of their members first came to CBST through the Open Door.
Chabad Jewish Center
37 West 65th Street
(Between Columbus Ave. & Central Park West)
New York, NY 10023-5923
Chabad Of West 60s Website
With New York’s famous Fashion Week falling during the Jewish New Year, the Chabad of the West 60s, located near The Lincoln Center, where events are being held, has pronounced it will open its doors to designers and fashionistas who wish to attend services while taking part in the biggest show of the fashion industry.
Their website states, “Our services are refreshingly casual and easy to follow. The English-Hebrew prayer book, along with song and commentary, make everyone an active participant. The kids will enjoy a special Tot & Youth program just for them.” No Hebrew background or affiliation is necessary.
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 Holyday 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.
The upcoming High Holidays will be the kick-off for The Shul of New York’s 10th Anniversary year! Please join them to learn about the many wonderful activities planned and to begin the celebration of this milestone year together. There are 4 High Holiday Services and 1 ticket is needed by each person for each service, with a recommended contribution for each service of $100 per adult. No charge for children 13 and under, but a ticket is still needed for each person who will occupy a seat.