Each experience will be different, offering attendees program options to match their needs. Many are free and low-cost in an effort to make services and Jewish holiday programs accessible to everyone. For additional questions or to request financial assistance for any program with a fee, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s an honor to bring high-quality Jewish holiday experiences and services to members of the community who are looking for a spiritual home in Harlem,” said Meg Sullivan, director of JCC Harlem. “We’re so proud to offer unique, low-cost experiences to match the needs of a modern Jewish society, and are thankful for our wonderful partners who help us deliver these inclusive programs.”
Program descriptions are below. For more information or to register, visitjccmanhattan.org/high-holidays.
Monday, September 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Services
Join us for warm, welcoming, come-as-you-are services led by Rabbi Abigail Treu, director of the center for Jewish living and the David H. Sonabend center for Israel at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Enjoy the blowing of the shofar, chanting of the Torah, storytelling, and time to reflect on the year that was and the year about to unfold. Services will be a mix of English and Hebrew, accompanied by Ilan Marans and Band. Open to anyone who wants to be in a community with children on Rosh Hashanah.
$18 individual; $60 family/group, up to six people
Monday, September 10, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.:Tashlich
Join JCC Harlem, Kehillat Harlem, and Based in Harlem for Tashlich, an introspective atonement ritual at the water, at the West Harlem Piers: Marginal St. and W. 132nd St. The group will consider questions of what is no longer serving them or what can be left behind, take a few moments of personal reflection, and cast bread crumbs into the Hudson. Afterwards, the Shofar will sound, and the group will package sandwiches with the remaining bread to share with neighbors experiencing homelessness.
Tuesday, September 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Join JCC Harlem and Beineinu (beineinu.com) for music, movement, meditation, and conversation. Rabbi Laurie Phillips, Daphna Mor, and their team offer a mix of learning, praying, and singing together. There will be art and drumming stations for children, and for adults, there will be yoga meditation, and chanting as well as and “Unpacking the Torah,” which will explore the text through a contemporary lens. Open to anyone who wants to be in a community with children on Rosh Hashanah.
Tuesday, September 18, 5 to 6 p.m.: Erev Yom Kippur Services
Join JCC Harlem’s Ilan Marans and Band for a meaningful, spirited, family-friendly Kol Nidre service and experience. Together, we’ll imagine a better world and what we can each do to make it a reality. The service will be conducted mostly in English, with some Hebrew throughout. It will be highly explanatory, geared towards those looking to learn more, first-times, and little ones. Open to anyone who wants to be in a community with children on Yom Kippur.$12 individual; $20 family/group, up to six people
Tuesday, September 18, 6:45 to 9 p.m.: Kol Nidre
An experience designed for adults, join the Harlem Minyan for a gender-egalitarian, traditional service conducted mostly in Hebrew with some English readings interspersed. There will be explanations of the service at key points, as well as a D’var Torah in English. The service will be led by Rabbi David Gedzelman.
Free; registration is requested to email@example.com.
Wednesday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Yom Kippur Morning Services
Warm, welcoming, come-as-you-are services led by Rabbi Abigail Treu, director of the center for Jewish living and the David H. Sonabend center for Israel at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. There will be recitation of the Hebrew prayers for forgiveness along with English translations, chanting of the Torah, song and prayer, storytelling, and time to reflect on how to forgive, seek forgiveness, and become our best selves. Open to anyone who wants to be in a community with children on Yom Kippur.
$18 individual; $60 family/group, up to six people
Wednesday, September 19, 3 to 5 p.m.: Yom Kippur Day Learning
JCC Harlem and Beineinu, led by Rabbi Laurie Phillips and Daphna Mor, to explore texts of the soul, deepening the connection and meaning through chanting melodies from the Jewish communities of Iraq, India, Israel, the United States, and more. Designed for adults interested in learning and chanting together.
Wednesday, September 19, 8 to 10 p.m.: Community Break the Fast
Join us for a fantastic Harlem community-wide break the fast meal, which will be dairy/pareve and certified Kosher, served buffet-style. This is designed for everyone – families of all configurations, singles, children, neighbors, those who fast, and those who do not.
$25 adult; $12 child (age 4-18); $100 family/group, up to six people
Learn more at jccmanhattan.org.
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