Selichot is the name of the prayers of forgiveness we say during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Selichot is also the name of the service on the Saturday evening before the start of Rosh Hashanah (always at least 48 hours prior). In these prayers, we ask God’s forgiveness, much as the overture to an opera which introduces the themes that will be developed in greater depth throughout the Holy Days. Join us for this informal warm up to the High Holy Days.
Reawaken your spirit for the High Holy Days with a program and service that will elevate your soul, bring you closer to God, and set the tone for renewal for the coming year. This year, we will hold a special program at Temple Israel, followed by a meaningful Service of Reflection & Forgiveness. All are welcome.
High Holy Day Services (back to top)
Each Service is meaningful and spiritually moving, this year all the more so because of our new High Holy Day prayer books. Tickets are required for members and guests for all 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 (back to top)
Tickets will be mailed to members in good standing during the first week of September.
After September 10 tickets will be available from the Temple Office or Will-Call. Tickets will be required for all Services and the Break Fast.
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).
- Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur – $450
- Rosh Hashanah only – $299
- Yom Kippur only – $299
Non-Member Seats (available for purchase by Non Temple Israel Members for our Ballroom Service).
- Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur – $699
- Rosh Hashanah only – $425
- Yom Kippur only – $425
- Rockin’ Family Service (Both Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur) – $180 (includes up to two tickets for adults and two tickets for children)
*Location of Guest & Non-Member seats cannot be guaranteed. Non-members may apply their ticket purchase amount towards their membership dues for the 2017-2018 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 Alissa Platcow and let us know.
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 Administration Office for reciprocity at 212-249-5000.
Book of Remembrance 5778 (back to top)
We invite you to honor the memory of your loved ones by listing their names in our annual Book of Remembrance. The 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 tzedakah as 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: Eugenia Edwards at 646-292-9466.
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 Monday, September 11.
For Families (back to top)
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.
Pre-enrollment is required. 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).
H2D Project: Interactive • Dynamic • Inspiring
Grades K-6. Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Mornings
Age-appropriate and celebratory programming for children while parents attend adult services. Children and teens in Grades K-6 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 Jim Stoloff (morning program only). Pre-registration required. Please register by Wednesday, September 13. After this date there will be a fee of $25/child to register. Register here.
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.
Yom Tov Tots
For children ages 2 – 5 years old (Pre-K) this year 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.
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. Advanced registration is required.
You must pre-register your child(ren) for H2D Project (Grades K-6), as well as Yom Tov Tots. Please be aware that we reserve the right—for safety reasons—to deny non-registered children entry into the program if we feel insufficient teachers are present. The security, happiness, and safety of our children are our primary concerns. Please register by Wednesday, September 13. After this date there will be a fee of $25/child to register. Light snacks will be served. No food may be brought into the program because of our concern for food allergies.
Frequently Asked Questions (back to top)
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 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 (back to top)
Selichot – Saturday, September 16
- Selichot Under The Stars Reception – Temple Israel | 8:00pm
- Sweets and Treats – Hamptons – 9:30pm
- Service of Reflection & Forgiveness – Temple Israel & Hamptons | 10:00pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Wednesday, September 20
- Service in the Sanctuary | 6:00-7:30pm
- Rockin’ Family Service (Grades K-6) | 6:00-7:00pm, followed by Oneg
- Rosh Hashanah Eve Reception | 7:30pm
Rosh Hashanah First Day – Thursday, September 21
- Services in the Sanctuary & Ballroom | 10:00am
- Yom Tov Tots – ages 2-5(Pre-K) | 9:45am-12:30pm
- H2D Project (Grades K-6) | 9:45am-12:30pm
- Tot Rosh Hashanah – ages 2-5 (Pre-K) | 2:45-3:45pm
- Tashlich at Carl Schurz Park (rain or shine) | 4:30pm
- NYConnect (20s/30s) Appletinis & Appetizers | Off-site | 8:00pm
Rosh HashanahLIVE/Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day – Friday, September 22
- 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
Kol Nidre – Friday, September 29
- Rockin’ Family Service (Grades K-6) | 6:00-7:00pm
- Services in the Sanctuary & Ballroom | 8:00pm
Yom Kippur Day – Saturday, September 30
- Services in the Sanctuary & Ballroom | 10:00am
- Yom Tov Tots -ages 2-5 (Pre-K) | 9:45am-12:45pm
- H2D Project (Grades K-6) | 9:45am-12:30pm
- Social Action Lecture | 1:00pm
- Tot Yom Kippur – ages 2-5 (Pre-K) | 1:45-2:45pm
- Moments of Meaning: Inspirational Opportunities | 2:45pm
- Afternoon Torah Reading, Yizkor Memorial & Neilah Service | 4:00pm
- Break Fast Reception | 6:30pm
Monday, October 2
- Religious School Special Sukkot Program | 4:15-5:45pm
Tuesday, October 3
- Movers & Shakers: Special Needs Sukkot Program | 5:00-6:00pm
- Sisterhood/Women’s Leadership Council Sippin’ in the Sukkah | 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 4
- Religious School Special Sukkot Program (Grades 1-3) | 4:15-5:45pm
- NYConnect (20s/30s) Sukkah Tailgating | 8:00pm
Thursday, October 5
- Sukkot Torah Study with Breakfast | 8:30am
- Tot Sukkot & Brunch – ages 2-5 (Pre-K) | 9:30am
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
- Rockin’ Simchat Torah Service & 75th Street Block Party Celebration | 5:00pm
- Simchatini: Adult Simchat Torah with Drinks, Dinner, & Holy Rolling | 7:30pm
Thursday, October 12
- Simchat Torah & Yizkor Service followed by breakfast | 8:30am