Worship At EET

While the COVID-19 pandemic keeps us from being together in person, East End Temple clergy, staff, and congregants continue to pray, sing, and socialize together. For the present, see the East End Temple Everywhere page for frequent updates on services and other programming.

High Holy Days

Shabbat Services

Fridays at 6:15 pm

Click here to find out more

Select Saturdays at 10:00 am

(Please check our calendar)

Live Streaming

(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.

Live Streaming

Tune in to our Shabbat worship live from NYC

Music

Never miss a harmony, listen to our unique song here

Shabbat Services

View our schedule and learn more

Community learner’s service

Some of Rabbi Stanton’s recent sermons

for June 25: “Honoring Experts”
for June 19: “Know Your Mission”
for June 5: “No Responsibility, No Justice; No Justice, No Peace”
for May 29: “Black Lives Matter”
for May 15: “Do We Need a Jubilee?” Click here for an audio link

Join Us in Worship 

[See the East End Temple Everywhere page for upcoming dates of our services. Due to COVID-19, all programs and worship are via Zoom and Facebook Live.]

Mishkan T’filah: Purchase your own copy of our Shabbat prayer book

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’fillah, 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 6:15 pm (currently all worship is online only — please see the East End Temple Everywhere page for details and links)

To see our EET songbook, click here.

Select Saturdays at 10:00 am

Other Shabbat Services We Offer

SIMCHAT SHABBAT 

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.​​

TOT SHABBAT

For tots, infant through K, 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. 

FAMILY SERVICES

Family Services will be offered one Friday of each month. This is a lively and engaging Shabbat service created especially with children ages 6-10 in mind. A wonderful opportunity for families to have the experience of a Friday night service that is welcoming and accessible.​

SHABBAT BAGAN

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.

SATURDAY MORNINGS

In coordination with our B’nei Mitzvah schedule, we offer services on selected Saturday mornings.

SH’MA HAVDALAH

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.

Family Offerings

While this year was like no other, our High Holy Days were filled with an abundance of joy, reflection, and connection. We shared our services online, live from East End Temple, creating a sense of shared time and purpose, even though we could not be in the same physical space. Rabbi Joshua Stanton, Cantor Shira Ginsburg, and award-winning musicians enlivened our spirits and opened our minds. We had programs for people of all ages and interests, including some of “The Best Kid-Friendly Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Celebrations in New York.”

Amazing High Holy Day opportunities for families! Free and open to all. RSVP here: https://eastendtemple.org/high-holy-days/

Posted by East End Temple on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

YOUNG FAMILY SERVICE

A lively yet intimate service conducted in a sing-a-long format, geared towards families with children ages 0-5. Tots and their parents to join together in celebrating the holidays with songs, prayers, and stories.

FAMILY SERVICE

A fun and engaging service geared towards families with children in 1st-5th grades. 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

Teens will gather online on the mornings of both holidays, for their own opportunity to find community and meaning in the High Holy Days. Join us this Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to discuss and grapple with the world in 2020.
— On Rosh Hashanah, the new year, we will think about who we want to be. What is our ideal self? Where do we get that image or those values? We will then work on creating SMART goals to help us better ourselves.
— On Yom Kippur, a day about asking God for forgiveness, we will talk about what forgiveness really looks like. How do you apologize to someone and really show that you mean it? How do we let go of grudges? We will end our Yom Kippur by thinking about how to bring the more abstract concepts we discussed into our lives.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our High Holy Day services! While this year has been one like no other, our High Holy Days were filled with an abundance of joy, reflection, and connection. We shared our services online, live from East End Temple, and created a sense of shared time and purpose, even though we could not be in the same physical space. Rabbi Joshua Stanton, Cantor Shira Ginsburg, and award-winning musicians enlivened our spirits and opened our minds. We had 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
We are always grateful for your generous support, so we can continue our sacred work as a community. Click here to contribute.

To watch our Rosh Hashanah services, use these links:
Friday, Sept. 18 — Erev Rosh Hashanah
Saturday, Sept. 19 — Rosh Hashanah Morning
Young Family Service
Family Service

To watch our Yom Kippur services, use these links:
Sunday, Sept. 27 — Kol Nidrei
Monday, Sept. 28 — Yom Kippur Morning Service and Yizkor
Young Family Service
Family Service
Afternoon & Neilah Service

FOR MEMBERS: Our members automatically had access to all High Holy Day programs, through our PASSWORD-PROTECTED “SCHEDULE AND LINKS” PAGE with the entire schedule and links for all services and programs.

FOR NON-MEMBERS: In light of the challenging realities for many this year, there was no charge for friends, family, and prospective members to access East End Temple High Holy Day services and programs, though registration was required. If you would like more information about joining our community, you can learn more about our unique Community Commitment membership or begin your application.

Book of Remembrance
The Book of Remembrance is now available, both as an interactive online page and a printable PDF. Special messages are included on the online page only (names preceded by an arrow include a special message — click on the arrow or the name to read the message.) If there are any errors, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

High Holy Day Prayer Books
Prayer books may be returned to East End Temple during the week, on Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-4:00pm or Friday from 10:00am-1:00pm.

High Holy Day Resources

Prayers and Rituals: A brief description of some of the words and rituals you might hear and experience during the High Holy Days

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.

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,

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

Helpful Articles

How to get the most out of virtual High Holiday services

Turning Your Home Into a Sacred Space

Rosh Hashanah Blessings for Home Observance

5 Things to Know About the Jewish High Holy Days 

What is Selichot? 

Yom Kippur Customs and Rituals

Women of Reform Judaism: Yom Kippur Guide

Tashlich: The Symbolic Casting Off Of Sins

Shofar History and Tradition

High Holy Day Recipes