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High Holidays

The Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe) offer nothing short of the opportunity to change our lives. These ten days of reflection, renewal and repentance help us take stock of the direction of our lives, to see where our habits are serving us or not serving us, and to begin taking steps to bridge the gap between our intentions and our actions.

At SAJ, we know we cannot do the holy work of transformation alone. We need a community which inspires us to go deep inside and to stretch ourselves to give beyond what we think are capable of. As the shofar blasts on Rosh HaShanah and at the end of Yom Kippur, we listen for our own individual calling, to be our best selves, to show up with our whole selves, and to recommit to tikkun olam, repair of the world.

High Holidays Time Table

SAJ provides a range of spiritual experiences for varying spiritual needs during the high holidays. Listed below are the available High Holiday services:

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - Selichot

Makor/Sanctuary Service

  • 6:30 pm – Community Dinner & Service of Reflection and Renewal

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - EREV ROSH HASHANAH

Makor/Sanctuary Service

  • 6:15 pm – Candlelighting (Individual) in SAJ lobby
  • 6:30 pm – Sanctuary Service

Monday, September 10, 2018 - ROSH HASHANAH DAY 1

Makor/Sanctuary Service

  • 9:30 am – 1:15 pm – Sanctuary Service
  • 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm – Tashlich – meet at Hudson river and 79th Street

Family Services

  • 10:00 am until service ends – Youth Group (Childcare – 4 yrs & up)
  • 10:00 am until service ends – Pela (Under 4 yrs) & Parent Room
  • 10:30 am until service ends – Teen Program (Grades 7 –12)
  • 10:45 am – 12:00 pm – Family Service (children Grades 4-6)

Non-Liturgical Services

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Non-traditional Spiritual Experience (held at Collegiate Church 254 W 77th Street

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - ROSH HASHANAH DAY 2

Makor/Sanctuary Service

  • 9:30 am – 1:15 pm – Sanctuary Service
  • 1:30 pm – Holiday Kiddish Lunch – space is limited and reservations are required.

Family Services

  • 9:30 AM until service ends – Youth Group (Childcare – 4 yrs & up)
  • 9:30 AM until service ends – Pela (Under 4 yrs) & Parent Room

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - KOL NIDRE

Makor/Sanctuary Service

  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Sanctuary Service

Family Services

  • 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm – Family Service (all ages)

Non-Liturgical Services

  • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Non-traditional Spiritual Experience (held at Collegiate Church 254 W 77th Street

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - YOM KIPPUR

MORNING SERVICES

Makor/Sanctuary Service

  • 9:30 am – 2:00 pm – Sanctuary Service (yizkor at approx 10:30 am)

Family Services

  • 9:30 am – 10:15 pm – Family Service A (children Grade 3 & under)
  • 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM – Family Service B (children Grades 4-6)
  • 10:00 AM until service ends – Youth Group (Childcare – 4 yrs & up)
  • 10:00 AM until service ends – Pela (Under 4 yrs) & Parent Room
  • 10:30 AM until service ends – Teen Program (Grades 7 –12)
  • 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM – Family Service (children Grades 4-6)

Non-Liturgical Services

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Non-traditional Spiritual Experience (held at Collegiate Church 254 W 77th Street

AFTERNOON SERVICES - OPEN TO PUBLIC

Makor/Sanctuary Service

  • 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm – Speakers
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Poetry Discussion with Linda Stern and David Katz (Sanctuary)
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Limber with Leah (Social Hall)
  • 5:15 pm – Yizkor
  • 6:00 pm – Mincha
  • 6:45 pm – Neilah (Concluding) Service
  • 8:00 pm (approx): BYO Break Fast

Family Services

  • 5:15 pm – end of Neilah – Youth Group/Childcare – Children are brought to the sanctuary for the final shofar blast and end of Yom Kippur

Non-Liturgical Services

  • Non-Liturgical service ticket holders are invited to SAJ (15 West 86th Street) to participate in the afternoon programming and concluding services of Yom Kippur

High Holidays Ticket Info

For security purposes, you must have a ticket to enter the building/s. If you (or your guest, or teen) have lost your ticket, your/their name will be on a list with the front door security guards. Please be patient as they make sure you are on the list. Your ticket to the Family Services, Teen Program and the Non-Traditional Spiritual Experience allows you access to the sanctuary on Erev Rosh Hashanah, the second day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur afternoon speakers and concluding services. Please use the links below to purchase tickets.

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