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


Never miss a harmony, listen to our unique song here

Shabbat Services

View our schedule and learn more

Community learner’s service

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 
For in-person attendance, please register.

Covid-19 Safety: All attendees must wear masks in the sanctuary, and everyone age 5 and up must show proof of vaccination. 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.

For online viewing, our services are streamed via Livestream and Facebook Live.
Click here for an online version of our prayer book, Mishkan T’filah.
To see our EET songbook, click here.

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 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 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.​


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 B’nei 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.

Family Offerings

Our High Holy Days will be filled with an abundance of joy, reflection, and connection. We will worship in person and online, creating a sense of shared time and purpose. Rabbi Joshua Stanton, Cantor Shira Ginsburg, and award-winning musicians will enliven our spirits and open our minds. We will 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.”

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


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.


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.   

To register for online attendance at our Young Family, Family, or regular High Holy Day services, please see our registration form coming soon.

Family Resources: Check out some ideas for High Holy Days at home from PJ Library


Teens in 6th grade and older will join Youth Director Ben Cutler for teen experiences on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to welcome, celebrate, and experience the New Year. For more information, or to sign your teen up, please email educator@eastendtemple.org.

Our High Holy Days this year will be filled with an abundance of joy, reflection, and connection. We will worship in person and online, creating a sense of shared time and purpose. Rabbi Joshua Stanton, Cantor Shira Ginsburg, and award-winning musicians will enliven our spirits and open our minds. We will 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.

At East End Temple (245 E. 17th St.)
Saturday, September 17 at 6:15pm

Rosh Hashanah
At Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Sunday, September 25 and Monday, September 26

Yom Kippur
At Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5

At East End Temple

Sunday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 11
Yizkor on Monday, October 17

Simchat Torah
At East End Temple

Sunday, October 16

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.

FOR MEMBERS: Members will receive in-person service tickets via email in mid-August. 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 for all services and programs.

Non-Member High Holy Day Registration Form
Friends, family, and community will have online access to all services, through a password-protected web page with the full schedule and all streaming links. Due to capacity restrictions, we are unable to provide seats at in-person services for non-members this year. If you would like to join us online, please register using the registration form and you will receive a confirmation email with the website link and password. If you would like more information about membership, you can learn more about our unique Community Commitment membership or begin your application.

Book of Remembrance
Our Book of Remembrance is a long-standing East End Temple tradition and an interactive online listing, with the opportunity to include additional messages about your loved ones. A printed version will also be on display in our beautiful Helene Spring Library in perpetuity.

Please use the Book of Remembrance form to add names and messages and make a donation in memory of those you would like inscribed in the 5783 Book of Remembrance. Such contributions are traditional in the High Holy Day period when many of us find it particularly meaningful to link the memory of our loved ones to our sacred Jewish community at East End Temple. All names on the East End Temple memorial Tree of Life and Perpetual Memorial Plaques (installed on our Sanctuary’s west wall) will be included under a separate listing in the Book of Remembrance.

If you have received yahrzeit reminders during the past year, the names of those loved ones will be included if you choose to participate. Please make a minimum suggested donation of $18 per name if you would like them included in the 5783 Book of Remembrance, and please consider an additional donation for messages. If you have not received yahrzeit reminders, or if you have additional names that you would like to memorialize in the 5783 Book of Remembrance, they can be added using the same form. Kindly provide the list of names and your payment to us by August 31, 2022.

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

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

“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.

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