Worship At EET
Please see the East End Temple Everywhere page for frequent updates on services and other programming.
Fridays at 6:15 pm
Select Saturdays at 10:00 am
(from our Sanctuary during services)
The intimate and inviting nature of East End Temple worship, set within a charming townhouse, is home to many seeking a traditional but approachable Reform Judaism service.
At East End Temple, we embrace song and music as an essential piece of a truly spirited Reform Judaism experience. Services are in a mixture of Hebrew and English.
Join Us in Worship
See the East End Temple Everywhere page for upcoming dates of our services.
Shabbat at East End Temple is a celebration of community and spirit. We gather in our beautiful sanctuary for a reflective and uplifting musical prayer service. Our regular Kabbalat Shabbat service takes place every Friday night at 6:15 pm, and is about one hour and fifteen minutes long. Using Mishkan T’filah, the Union for Reform Judaism’s current prayer book, our service weaves a combination of Hebrew and English prayers and modern and traditional melodies. Come join us in welcoming Shabbat at our elevating and inspiring service. All are welcome.
Shabbat Services in our Sanctuary
Fridays at 6:15pm
All are welcome to join us in person as we welcome Shabbat.
- For online viewing, our services are streamed via Livestream.
- If you or anyone in your household are not feeling well or have been sick in the past five days, please stay home and attend the service online.
Select Saturdays at 10:00 am
Other Shabbat Services We Offer
One Friday night a month we celebrate Simchat Shabbat, an enhanced musical service featuring our own EET 17th Street Band, led by Grammy Award Winner Ben Wisch. These lively services are followed by a community dinner, guest speaker or program and then a dessert reception.
For families with children ages birth-5, this is a special musical sing-along service for our youngest members. The service features singing, dancing and story-telling. Following the service, we have a Shabbat oneg with candle lighting, challah, and juice.
SHABBAT B’YACHAD: INTERGENERATIONAL SHABBAT
On the first Friday of each month, we’ll welcome Shabbat with music and stories for all ages! We will start with a pre-neg snack before services at 5:45pm, and begin singing together to welcome Shabbat at 6:15pm. This service is designed for all ages to worship together, and will include songs, stories, and birthday blessings.
In summer months we are fortunate to welcome Shabbat in Stuyvesant Square Park, just outside our front door. Join us in this casual setting for a condensed 30-minute service. Some congregants bring provisions for a Shabbat picnic dinner in the park.
In coordination with our Bet Mitzvah schedule, we offer services on selected Saturday mornings.
On occasional Saturday evenings, we gather for a brief service to end Shabbat, followed by a potluck dinner. This special service was created by the members of our Sh’ma Project, EET’s community organizing cohort. This informal approach offers a unique opportunity to come together in prayer, conversation, and noshing, while serving to strengthen the EET community. Families are welcome to attend together.
Our High Holy Days are filled with an abundance of joy, reflection, and connection. We worship in person and online, creating a sense of shared time and purpose.
All are welcome to join our High Holy Day family services and programs free of charge — advance registration is required.
All services and programs will take place at Hebrew Union College, 1 West 4th Street — see registration form for full schedule.
YOUNG FAMILY SERVICE (ages 0-5)
Led by Tkiya
A lively yet intimate service conducted in a sing-a-long format, geared towards families with children ages 0-5.
Tots and their parents join together in celebrating the holidays with songs, prayers, and stories.
FAMILY SERVICE (ages 6-11)
Led by Rabbi Joshua Stanton and Cantor Olivia Brodsky
A fun and engaging service geared towards families with children in 1st-5th grades (ages 6-11).
The experience is much like a regular service, with many of the traditional prayers as well as readings from the Torah. An excellent opportunity to allow young children to actively participate in a real High Holy Day service that is both age appropriate and very meaningful.
Family Resources: Check out some ideas for High Holy Days at home from PJ Library
TEEN PROGRAM (ages 12+)
Teens in 6th grade and older will join Youth Director Ben Cutler for teen experiences on Yom Kippur to welcome, celebrate, and experience the New Year. For more information, or to sign your teen up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our High Holy Days are filled with an abundance of joy, reflection, and connection. We worship in person and online, creating a sense of shared time and purpose. Rabbi Joshua Stanton, Cantor Olivia Brodsky, and award-winning musicians enliven our spirits and open our minds. We have programs for people of all ages and interests, including some of “The Best Kid-Friendly Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Celebrations in New York.”
For more information about our Young Family, Family, and Teen services and programs during the High Holy Days, please click here.
Kol Nidrei Appeal — Click here to contribute.
We are always grateful for your generous support, so we can continue our sacred work as a community.
In fact, the annual Kol Nidrei Appeal is steeped in history.
High Holy Days 2023/5784
Selichot: Saturday, September 9
Rosh Hashanah: Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16
Yom Kippur: Sunday, September 24 and Monday, September 25
Sukkot: begins Friday, September 29
Simchat Torah: Thursday, October 5
Full schedule and online streaming links available on the Schedule and Links page (for the password, see the weekly e-blast or call the EET office)
In Person: All member families will receive in-person service tickets via email. Members may attend all services and programs.
Online: All members will also have full online access to all High Holy Day services and programs, through our password-protected “Schedule and Links” page with the online streaming links (via HowLive) for all services and programs. Streaming access information will be included in the ticket email.
Members who wish to purchase additional tickets for friends/family:
- Please visit the Contribute page of the EET website
- Choose donation type “HHD Ticket Members 2023”
- Include the full names of your guests in the “Payment Notes” box
In person: Guest tickets may be purchased via our High Holy Day In-Person Guest Ticket form.
— Yizkor services on Yom Kippur are open to the community (no ticket necessary). ID is required. This service is held at Hebrew Union College, 1 West 4th Street.
Online: Guests may join us online without charge (although a donation is suggested) by registering using our High Holy Day Online Registration Form.
If you would like more information about membership, you can learn more about our unique Community Commitment membership or begin your application.
FOR FAMILY SERVICES (MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS):
Tickets are not required for Family and Young Family services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but pre-registration is required (see Family High Holy Days page for more information). The same form may be used to register for kids’ programs (grades Pre-K-8) during the morning congregational services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur).
Book of Remembrance
Our Book of Remembrance is a long-standing East End Temple tradition. A printed version will also be on display in our beautiful Helene Spring Library in perpetuity.
High Holy Day Prayer Books
If you would like to purchase your own set of Mishkan HaNefesh, the prayer books we use for the High Holy Days, they may be purchased through the CCAR Press. We will not be able to lend books this year.
High Holy Day Resources
Torah Blessings: Join us in blessing the Torah as the whole congregation is honored — click here
Havdalah Blessings: Join us in the blessings at the end of Yom Kippur — click here
“A Time to Grow”: A PJ Library Family Guide to the Fall Holidays. This beautiful new PJ Library guide explores ways for your family to celebrate the Jewish fall holidays at home. To read more and download the guide, click here.
DIY Havdalah Spice Pouch: Celebrate Havdalah with us at the end of Yom Kippur, and make your own spice pouch! Click here for easy, at-home instructions
Hineni – Here I Am. The Union for Reform Judaism has created new online resources to help us be present for ourselves, encounter the spiritual, mourn our personal and societal losses, and enter the New Year with a sense of renewal. For more information, click here.
The Shofar Project: The Institute for Jewish Spirituality is offering a free four-week program during the month of Elul and leading up to the High Holy Days, from August 21st – September 18th.The Shofar Project is for people of all backgrounds who want to make this a year of continued awakening, responsiveness, renewal, and transformation. For more information and to register, click here. If you would like to buy your own shofar, please click here, here, or here.
“Welcome To Our Table”: Try a new baking project for the new year! Click here for a few selected recipes from the EET Sisterhood cookbook
Prayers and Rituals: A brief description of some of the words and rituals you might hear and experience during the High Holy Days
High Holy Day Recipes