High Holydays

Services are conducted in our Sanctuary in the Reform tradition and in our Chapel in the Conservative tradition. At TBA, we know that there are many ways to express one’s Judaism. There are also different ways to worship and celebrate. We offer a variety of prayer services and holiday programs designed to encourage our members to experiment and stretch. Likewise, we not only have services that speak to adults on their level, but also services aimed at toddlers and school age children. Additionally, many of our services are free and open to the community. Please click here for a complete listing of all of our High Holyday services.

Reform High Holyday Services

SELICHOT*

Saturday, September 16
Program and Study in Preparation for the Days of Awe: 7:00pm
Refreshments and Social Time followed by Havdalah: 9:00pm
Selichot Service: 9:30pm

ROSH HASHANAH

Wednesday, September 20
Evening Service: 7:30pm
Thursday, September 21
Morning Service: 10:00am
Beginning Anew: A Rosh Hashanah Service Reinvented (Shames JCC-on-the-Hudson): 10:30am
Tashlich*: 4:00pm
Friday, September 22
Morning Service: 10:00am

YOM KIPPUR

Friday, September 29
Kol Nidrei Evening Service 7:30pm
Saturday, September 30
Morning Service: 10:00am
Healing Service*: 1:00pm
Afternoon, Yizkor (Memorial Service) & Neilah (Concluding Service): 3:15pm

* Combined Reform and Conservative Services take place for Selichot, Tashlich, and Healing; there will be one service for the entire congregation

Conservative High Holyday Services

SELICHOT*

Saturday, September 16
Program and Study in Preparation for the Days of Awe: 7:00pm
Refreshments and Social Time followed by Havdalah: 9:00pm
Selichot Service: 9:30pm

ROSH HASHANAH

Wednesday, September 20
Evening Service: 6:30pm
Thursday, September 21
Morning Service: 9:00am
Tashlich*: 4:00pm
Friday, September 22
Morning Service: 9:00am

YOM KIPPUR

Friday, September 29
Kol Nidrei Evening Service: 6:15pm
Saturday, September 30 
Morning Service (including Yizkor): 9:00am
Healing Service*: 1:00pm
Neilah (Concluding Service): 4:45pm

* Combined Reform and Conservative Services take place for Selichot, Tashlich, and Healing; there will be one service for the entire congregation

Children's High Holyday Services

ROSH HASHANAH

Thursday, September 21
Jr. Congregation, Grades K – 6: 10:30am
Family Service: 3:00pm
Tashlich: 4:00pm
Friday, September 22
Jr. Congregation, Grades K – 6: 10:30am

YOM KIPPUR

Saturday, September 30
Jr. Congregation, Grades K – 6: 10:30am
Family Service: 2:00pm

High Holyday Services Open to the Community


* While the services are free, and guests are welcome, for security purposes all entering our Temple during the High Holydays will be required to show proper ID and/or have a guest pass issued by our office. Better yet, contact our office in advance at (914) 631-1770 for a temple-issued name tag so that we can greet and welcome you by name!

SELICHOT

Saturday, September 16
Program and Study in Preparation for the Days of Awe: 7:00pm
Refreshments and Social Time followed by Havdalah: 9:00pm
Selichot Service: 9:30pm

ROSH HASHANAH

Thursday, September 21
Family Service: 3:00pm
Tashlich: 4:00pm
Friday, September 22
Conservative Morning Service: 9:00am
Reform Morning Service: 10:00am
Jr. Congregation, Grades K – 6: 10:30am

YOM KIPPUR

Saturday, September 30
Family Service: 2:00pm
Reform Afternoon, Yizkor (Memorial Service) & Neilah (Concluding Service): 3:15pm
Conservative Neilah (Concluding Service): 4:45pm

Children’s Activity Center

TBA will provide babysitting by reservation only for Rosh Hashanah Morning services – Days 1 and 2, and Yom Kippur Morning services (Note: We are no longer offering babysitting services on Erev Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidrei or the afternoon of Yom Kippur). Children (ages 2-10) will be provided with snacks and high holyday-themed, age appropriate craft projects and music in Nursery School and Religious School classrooms. Children must be signed into their age appropriate classroom and won’t be able to leave unless accompanied by a responsible parent, guardian or authorized person.

Reservations are required in order to assure sufficient adult supervision. When you arrive please register your child, inform the staff where you will be sitting during services, and of any allergies or special needs of your child. We are requesting $18.00 per child (covering all services) to offset the cost of staff, food, music, and crafts for the children.

Preparing for the Days of Awe

The Hebrew month of Elul, which begins Tuesday August 22 at sundown, calls us to a month of emotional and spiritual preparation. In Sephardic synagogues the shofar is sounded each morning of Elul as a way of reminding the worshipers that the Holydays are coming. Once again this year we will be adapting that custom, sounding the shofar at TBA each Friday evening just before candle-lighting. We hope you’ll join us for that.

Of course, the sounding of the shofar is only a symbol, calling us to do important preparatory work in advance of the Holydays. We are required to take a cheshbon ha-nefesh – literally “an accounting of the soul.” Our job is to think about the past year, about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t. To list those to whom we owe apologies, and from whom we’d like forgiveness. To decide if there are people in our life to whom we should offer forgiveness – sometimes the most difficult task of all. The few brief hours of the High Holyday services – and the few brief minutes of the silent prayer during those services – are not nearly enough time to do all the thinking that needs to be done.


PLEASE NOTE: The temperature in the sanctuaries is deliberately kept cool for the benefit of those presiding – please dress accordingly. Please leave all cell phones and pagers either off or at home.