While this year has been one like no other, our High Holy Days will be filled with an abundance of joy, reflection, and connection. We have chosen to share our services online, live from East End Temple. They will feel organic and authentic, creating a sense of shared time and purpose, even when we cannot be in the same physical space. Rabbi Joshua Stanton, Cantor Shira Ginsburg, and award-winning musicians will enliven our spirits and open our minds. We will also 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.

FOR MEMBERS: Our members will automatically have access to all High Holy Day programs, through our PASSWORD-PROTECTED "SCHEDULE AND LINKS" PAGE that contains the entire schedule and links for all services and programs (the password, which is the same for all members, can be found in the weekly e-blast). We feel blessed to be in community with you. If you need the password, please email Elyssa at info@eastendtemple.org.

FOR NON-MEMBERS: In light of the challenging realities for many this year, there will be no charge for friends, family, and prospective members to access East End Temple High Holy Day services and programs, though registration will be required. As always, we would be grateful for your generous support, so that we can continue our sacred work as a community. TO REGISTER FOR ALL HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES AND PROGRAMS, CLICK HERE. If you would like more information about joining our community, you can learn more about our unique Community Commitment membership or begin your application.

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.

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
For members, East End Temple is making copies of Mishkan HaNefesh -- the prayer books that we use on the High Holy Days -- available on loan. To borrow a set of prayer books, please come to the EET office during the week before Rosh Hashanah, starting Monday, Sept. 14, from 11:00am-4:00pm (Friday, Sept. 18 until 1:00pm). The books will be in the vestibule for no-contact pick up. You may pick up a set for your household, as well as to deliver to friends.

To purchase your own set of Mishkan HaNefesh books for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, click here. Free Flipbook and low-cost e-book versions are available here.

Accessibility For All
Community members who need assistance in accessing East End Temple virtual services should reach out to the office by emailing info@eastendtemple.org

High Holy Day Schedule

All services and programs will be online, via Zoom or other broadcast, except where noted. This schedule is for information purposes -- for the links for all the services and programs, please see our Schedule and Links page.

Yom Kippur 
Sunday, September 27: Kol Nidrei service at 6:15pm
Monday, September 28: Yom Kippur morning service & Yizkor at 10:00am (with Yizkor at approximately 12:00pm)
-- Teen program at 11:00am
-- Young Family service at 3:00pm (please have a stuffed animal with you)
-- Adult Study Session at 3:30pm
-- Family Service at 4:00pm (please have a superhero cape or other superhero accessory)
-- Afternoon service & Neilah at 5:00pm
-- Havdalah and Break-the-Fast immediately following Neilah, at approximately 6:30pm

Sukkot 
Friday, October 2: Shabbat and Erev Sukkot service at 6:15pm

Saturday, Oct. 3 (rain date Sunday, Oct. 4): Shake and Schmooze, from 12:00-2:00pm
[An in-person gathering opportunity]
Join Rabbi Josh in Stuyvesant Park to celebrate Sukkot – shake the lulav and greet each other in a safe and distanced gathering. Bring your own lunch or snack if you like!

Spend Time in the EET Sukkah
Monday, Oct. 5-Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10:00am-3:30pm
Friday, Oct. 9, from 10:00am-12:30pm

Reserve a 30-minute slot for you and anyone who lives with you to spend time in our sukkah (at 245 E. 17th St.). Bring your own snack, shake the lulav, and celebrate the holiday!
Click here to reserve a spot: https://signup.com/go/dNhJmLd

Friday, October 9: Sukkot Yizkor service at 10:00am

Simchat Torah
Friday, October 9: Shabbat and Simchat Torah Celebration at 6:15pm

High Holy Day Resources

We have never had High Holy Days like these, but they can be meaningful in new and wonderful ways. Please join us in making our homes feel sacred, engaging in the work of personal growth and change, and learning soulfully. Here are some ways in which you can do so.

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