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

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

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

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.”

YOUNG FAMILY SERVICE (ages 0-5)

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 (ages 6-11)

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

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.

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.

ROSH HASHANAH
Watch again:
Erev Rosh Hashanah: https://howlive.tv/event/ErevRoshHashanah_2022
Rosh Hashanah Morning: https://howlive.tv/event/RoshHashanahMorning_2022
Young Family (ages 0-5): https://howlive.tv/event/RoshHashanahYoungFamilyService_2022
Family (ages 6-11): https://howlive.tv/event/RoshHashanahFamilyService_2022

YOM KIPPUR
Watch again:
Kol Nidrei: https://howlive.tv/event/KolNidrei_2022
Yom Kippur Morning and Yizkor: https://howlive.tv/event/YomKippurMorningService_2022
Young Family (ages 0-5): https://howlive.tv/event/YKYoungFamilyService2022
Family (ages 6-11): https://howlive.tv/event/YKFamilyService2022
Afternoon service, Neilah and Havdalah: https://howlive.tv/event/AfternoonServiceNeilah_2022

FOR MEMBERS:
In Person: All member families will receive in-person service tickets via email in mid-September. 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:

  1. Please visit the Contribute page of the EET website
  2. Choose donation type “HHD Ticket Members 2022”
  3. Include the full names of your guests in the “Payment Notes” box

FOR NON-MEMBERS:
In person: Guest tickets may be purchased via our High Holy Day Guest In-Person Ticket form.
— Yizkor services on Yom Kippur are open to the community (no ticket necessary). Proof of vaccination and ID are required.
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)


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.

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

Havdalah Blessings: Join us in the blessings at the end of Yom Kippur — click here

Words for Eliyahu HaNaviclick here

Torah Blessings: Join us in blessing the Torah as the whole congregation is honored — click 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

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