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52 Jewish Things to Do With Kids in New York This September

Young Mother and her Son Picking Apple

There’s a subtle chill in the air, and school supplies are lining the aisle of all of the local stores. Summer may be over, but the fun doesn’t have to end. There are so many fantastic ways to welcome fall and celebrate the coming Jewish New Year. Choose from storytimes in the park, tot Shabbats, fall carnivals and other fun family events near you — and get ready for lots and lots of crisp fall apples dipped in honey.

Looking for something to do on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? Check out our list of free and low-cost family-friendly High Holiday services at synagogues near you.


Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins on Wednesday evening, Sept. 20 and concludes at sundown on Friday, Sept. 22.
Yom Kippur 2017 begins on Friday evening, Sept. 29 and concludes at sundown on Saturday, Sept. 30
Our best wishes for a sweet and happy Jewish New Year to you and yours!

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Brooklyn

 

Songs and Stories with PJ Library at Underwood Park
Spend the afternoon in the park with music, stories, and other fun with PJ Library in NY and the Kings Bay Y. Interactive music and fun provided by Tkiya: The Jewish Community Music School. Best for ages 4 and under, RSVP requested. Free
Underwood Park, Lafayette Ave
Tuesdays, Sept. 5 & 26, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m

Playtime in the Neighborhood
Jump, laugh, dance and sing accompanied by live music. Sponsored by the Bay Ridge Jewish Center and PJ Library in NY, for ages 5 and under and their grown-ups. Free.
Fort Hamilton Library, 9424 4th Ave
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Shabbat Songs & Stories 
Welcome Shabbat with music, stories, games, and fun at the Kings Bay Y’s new Clinton Hill location led by Tkiya: The Jewish Community Music School. For families with children ages 4 and under, RSVP requested. Free and open to all.
Kings Bay Y Fort Greene & Clinton Hill, 309 Grand Ave, Suite 1
Fridays, Sept. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

ShaJam Singalong
A fun and interactive family Shabbat experience for families with children ages 4 and under, with singing, dancing, stories, puppets, bubbles, and more. Sponsored by Tkiya: The Jewish Community Music School and the Kings Bay Y. Free and open to all.
Fort Greene Park, DeKalb Ave &Washington Park St
Saturdays, Sept. 9 & 23, 4 – 5 p.m.
Bushwick Inlet Park, Kent Ave & N 9th St
Saturday, Sept. 16, 4 – 5 p.m.

Out of the Shabbox
A cross-cultural, interfaith, arts-based Shabbat program with music, movement, and storytelling. Best for ages 5 and under. Drop-in, free.
Union Temple of Brooklyn, 17 Eastern Pkwy, 4th fl
Saturdays, Sept. 9, 16 & 23, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Sunday Morning Songs, Play & Snacks at Busy Bodies
Stories, schmoozing, snacks and playtime in the Busy Bodies Backyard with PJ Library in NY, the Kings Bay Y and Tkiya: The Jewish Community Music School.. RSVP requested. Free.
Busy Bodies, 1004 Fulton St
Sunday, Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Family 9/11 Commemoration 
A day of service for families sponsored by Repair the World in cooperation with Muslims Against Hunger, the Hunger Van, and PJ Library in NY, packaging meals for seniors and the homeless. Free and open to all, all ages. RSVP requested.
Repair the World NYC, 808 Nostrand Ave
Sunday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. – Noon

Shorefront Y Fall Fest
Celebrate the beginning of fall with live music, food, kids’ activities, crafts, and discounts on fall programming. Free and open to all.
Shorefront YM-YWHA, 3300 Coney Island Ave
Sunday, Sept. 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

It’s Rosh Hashanah!
Celebrate Shabbat and the Jewish New Year with apples, honey, and a fun-filled music class, sponsored by Park Slope Jewish Center. For children ages 0 -3 and their grown-ups, RSVP requested Free.
Prospect Park (inside the 15th St entrance)
Friday, Sept. 15, 10 – 11 a.m.

Rosh Hashanah Community Celebration
Celebrate the Jewish New Year with crafts, apples and honey, music, games, shofars, and dancing at Kings Bay Y’s new Clinton Hill location. Free and open to all.
Kings Bay Y at Fort Greene & Clinton Hill, 309 Grand Ave
Sunday, Sept. 17, 3 – 5 p.m.

Tashlich by the Water/Shabbat in the Park
Create a family memory as you toss bread crumbs into the water together and then welcome Shabbat in the park with singing and prayer, with Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Bring your own blankets and bag of breadcrumbs. Event canceled if raining. Free and open to all.
Shore Road Promenade, Shore Road Park & 77 St
Friday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m
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Urban Farming in Brooklyn
Volunteer at Bushwick City Farms, feed the chickens, turn the mulch, and help harvest. Organized by Repair the World, part of UJA-Federation of New York’s 10 Days of Awesome. Families welcome, advance registration requested.
Bushwick City Farm, 354 Stockton St
Sunday, Sept. 24, 1- 3 p.m.


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Bronx

Riverdale Y Open House
Try sample classes, swim and check out the gym and fitness center along with a bouncy castle, face painting, chair massages, a sing-a-long, toddler storytime and more. Free and open to all.
Riverdale Y, 5625 Arlington Ave
Sunday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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Long Island

 

Beach Boys Rock Shabbat
Beach Boys Rock Shabbat followed by BBQ & DJ, RSVP requested. All ages
Temple Avodah, 3050 Oceanside Road, Oceanside
Friday, Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m.

Nursing Circle
Meet other nursing moms and have your questions answered by a lactation consultant. Organized by the Mid-Island Y JCC Parenting Center. Drop-in. Free.
Buy Buy Baby, 350 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1 -2 p.m.

Shababeque
Celebrate Shabbat with a kosher BBQ, backyard fun, crafts and friends old and new. RSVP required.
Address provided upon RSVP, Dix Hills
Friday, Sept. 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Bagels & Blox  
A monthly drop-in storytime with free play, crafts, bagels, music and movement, best for ages 5 and under along with a grown-up. Siblings welcome. Free.
Temple Judea, 333 Searingtown Road, Manhasset
Sunday, Sept. 10, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Family Fun Day @ Suffolk Y JCC
Explore the Suffolk Y JCC and enjoy inflatables, lawn games, a scavenger hunt, and more.
SYJCC, 74 Hauppauge Rd, Commack
Sunday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sid Jacobson JCC: Day of Appreciation
A day of togetherness, family fun, and giving back. Advance registration requested. All ages. Free.
Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Hills, East Hills
Sunday, Sept. 10, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Tot Shabbat
Family-friendly Shabbat service with activities, songs, crafts, pizza for the kids, and wine and cheese for the adults.
Temple Beth Torah, 35 Bagatelle Rd, Melville
Friday, Sept. 15, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Back-to-School Celebration
A Shababa-style family celebration with songs, shofars, and Shabbat dinner,
Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Hills, East Hills
Friday, Sept. 15, 6 – 7 p.m.

Music Together Sing Shalom
Music Together classes with a Jewish twist. The session will include classic Music Together songs supplemented with Jewish music and movement designed in partnership with Jewish educators. Best for ages 5 and under, advance registration required. Sponsored by the Jewish Education Project and UJA-Federation of New York. Choose from multiple days and locations.
Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd, Plainview
Fridays @ 9:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 15
Not Just Art, 183 South St, Oyster Bay
Sundays @ 9:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 17
iSchool of Music & Art, 325 Sunrise Hwy, Rockville Centre
Wednesdays @ 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 27
Community Synagogue Port Washington, 160 Middle Neck Rd, Port Washington
Fridays, Time TBD, beginning Oct. 6

Stories and Crafts for Rosh Hashanah
Get ready for the Jewish New Year with crafts, stories, and songs. For children ages 8 and under. RSVP requested. Free.
Turn of the Corkscrew Books and Wine, 10 N Park Ave, Rockville Centre
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 – 3 p.m.

Family Shofar Factory – Make Your Own Ram’s Horn Shofar!
A hands-on workshop where families are guided through the step-by-step process of making a ram’s horn into a shofar, followed by a lesson in shofar blowing. RSVP requested.
Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Room 203, Plainview
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Torah For Tots
An interactive Jewish learning program for 4-year-olds about Judaism, festivals, holidays, traditions, and more. Open to all. Advance registration requested.Free.
Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth, 430 DeMott Ave, Rockville Centre
Sunday, Sept.. 24, 9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Sid Jacobson JCC Mitzvah Day
Participate in a variety of volunteer activities including packing toiletry kits for survivors of domestic violence, making Shabbat kits for hospital patients, and creating snack kits for kids to be handed out at an interfaith soup kitchen. Advance registration requested, part of UJA-Federation of New York’s 10 Days of Awesome.
Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Hills, East Hills
Sunday, Sept. 24, 4 – 6 p.m.


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Manhattan


Downtown

3 Days of Free Family Fun @ JCP Downtown
Three mornings of free family classes with arts and crafts, kid-friendly snacks, a selfie-station and free PJ Library books. You can sing with Suzi Shelton on Wednesday, Zumba on Thursday, and enjoy a PJ Library Shabbat storytime on Friday. Choose one or attend all three. RSVP required. Free.
JCP Downtown, 146 Duane St
Wednesday – Friday, Sept. 6 – 8, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Challah Tots
Preschoolers and toddlers ages 4 and under (and their grown-ups?) learn about Shabbat through challah baking, music, songs, and a PJ Library story, and bring home a freshly baked challah to share with their families.
Town & Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th St
Friday, Sept. 15, 10 – 10:45 a.m.

Tot Shabbat
A joyful and musical Shabbat morning family experience with Ora Fruchter, singing, dancing, and stories, followed by grape juice and challah. RSVP requested. Free.
JCP Downtown, 146 Duane St
Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 – 11 a.m

A Rosh Hashanah Restoration
Celebrate the Jewish New Year with a scavenger hunt, art activities and a look at the new restoration exhibition. Advance registration requested.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St
Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

New Families, New Traditions
Get ready for the Jewish New Year with the musical group Yellow Sneaker and their puppets.
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl
Sunday, Sept. 17, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Music Together Sing Shalom
Music Together classes with a Jewish twist. The session will include classic Music Together songs supplemented with Jewish music and movement designed in partnership with Jewish educators. Best for ages 5 and under, advance registration required. Sponsored by the Jewish Education Project and UJA-Federation of New York. Choose from multiple days and locations.
Imagine Swimming, 40 Harrison St
Mondays @ 2:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 18
Thursdays @ 1 p.m. beginning Sept. 21
City Treehouse, 129A West 20th St
Sundays @ 10:30, beginning Sept. 17
Evolution Enrichment, 38 Delancey St
Mondays @ Noon, beginning Sept. 17
Tuesdays @ 3:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 18

Shofar Blowing 101
Learn about the shofar and how to produce sound, Shofars will be provided to share or bring your own. RSVP required. Free and open to all ages
JCP Downtown, 146 Duane St
Friday, Sept. 22, 3 – 4 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Puppets and Music with Jacob Stein
Join musician Jacob Stein for “Who Owns the Stars? with holiday songs and a lesson on the importance of responsibility for each other and for the world. For children ages 5 and under accompanied by an adult, RSVP required Free.
JCP Downtown, 146 Duane St
Friday, Sept. 22, 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Midtown

Shabbat Central
A warm, accessible family Shabbat experience with song, prayer, movement, and fun, followed by a light meal. For families with children ages 5 and under. Free.
Central Synagogue’s Community House, 123 East 55th St
Friday, Sept. 8, 5 – 6 p.m.

Tot Shabbat
Children ages 6 and under learn basic Shabbat prayers and symbols, dance in a Torah parade, listen to stories, and learn the blessings over challah and grape juice..
Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 East 51st St
Saturday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. – Noon

Upper East Side

Studio Art Sessions
Create your own original works of art after viewing museum exhibitions. Ages 3 and up, free with museum admission.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave
Sunday, Sept. 10, 17 & 24, 1 – 4 p.m.

Dig Drop-In
Discover a passion for ancient artifacts in the museum’s simulated archaeological dig, best for ages 3 – 10, free with museum admission.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave
Sunday, Sept. 10, Noon – 3 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Story Time 
A musical storytime and special Rosh Hashanah story organized by Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun, RSVP requested. Free.
Barnes and Noble, 150 E 86th St
Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. – Noon

Tashlich In The Park
Celebrate the Jewish New Year in the park with Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun, with shofars, storytime and more. RSVP requested. Free?
Carl Schurz Park, 86th St entrance
Thursday, Sept. 21, 5 -6 p.m.

Tot Rosh Hashanah Concert
Join Shira & Friends for a special Rosh Hashanah concert and sing, dance, and celebrate the Jewish New Year. Free
Temple Israel of the City of New York, 112 East 75th St
Friday, Sept. 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Music Together Sing Shalom
Music Together classes with a Jewish twist. The session will include classic Music Together songs supplemented with Jewish music and movement designed in partnership with Jewish educators. Best for ages 5 and under, advance registration required. Sponsored by the Jewish Education Project and UJA-Federation of New York. Choose from multiple days and locations
Congregation Or Zarua, 127 E 82nd St
Wednesdays @ 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 27

Upper West Side

Tot Shabbat
A kid-friendly Shabbat service for families with children ages 4 and under, with singing and dancing followed by dinner and supervised children’s programming. RSVP required, open to all.
B’nai Jeshurun, 270 West 89th St
Friday, Sept. 8, 5:15 – 7 p.m.

Shabbat with Pela @ SAJ
A welcoming Shabbat experience for Shabbat newcomers and regulars with singing, dancing, movement, and play followed by challah, grape juice and Kiddush. For families with children ages 4 and under, free and open to all.
The SAJ (Society for the Advancement of Judaism), 15 W 86th St, 3rd fl.
Saturdays, Sept. 9, 15 & 23, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Help Seniors Prepare for Sukkot
Join other UWS families for an intergenerational volunteer opportunity and make sukkah decorations with, and for the residents of the New Jewish Home. Advance registration requested, part of UJA-Federation of New York’s 10 Days of Awesome project.
New Jewish Home, 120 W 106th St
Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. – Noon

Music Together Sing Shalom
Music Together classes with a Jewish twist. The session will include classic Music Together songs supplemented with Jewish music and movement designed in partnership with Jewish educators. Best for ages 5 and under, advance registration required. Sponsored by the Jewish Education Project and UJA-Federation of New York. Choose from multiple days and locations
Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 7 W 83rd St
Tuesdays @ 11:15 a.m., beginning  Sept. 26

 

Harlem

Songs & Stories with PJ Library at Morningside Park 
Get ready for Shabbat and the weekend with stories, music, and fun in Morningside Park with PJ Library in NY and JCC Harlem. All neighborhood families are welcome, best for ages 5 and under, RSVP requested but not required. Free.
Morningside Park, West 117th St entrance by Morningside Ave
Saturdays, Sept. 9, 16 & 23, 11 a.m. – Noon

SAJ Pela @ JCC Harlem
Families with children ages 4 and under experience Shabbat and Jewish and American holidays through song, movement, play, and storytelling. Free and open to all.
JCC Harlem 318 W 118th St.
Saturday, Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


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Staten Island


New Seasons Celebration
Get ready for the Jewish New Year with a PJ library story walk, learn about bees and honey, and hunt for apples.  Free and open to all.
Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds. 1131 Manor Rd
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 – 4 p.m.


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Westchester

 

JCC of Mid-Westchester Open House & PJ Library Story Time 
Explore the JCC, try some sample classes, learn about early childhood and enrichment options and listen to a PJ Library story time.
JCC of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmont Rd, Scarsdale
Sunday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Storytime @ 10:30 a.m.

Family Picnic Shabbat
Shabbat Family Fun with a  take-home craft, Shabbat blessings, songs, and a PJ Library story. Bring your own picnic dinner and blanket, dessert will be provided. The picnic is followed by a brief family Shabbat service. RSVP requested, free.
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-El, 2 Ogden Rd, Scarsdale
Friday, Sept. 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Tot CJL-Rosh Hashanah
A free Rosh Hashanah program for children in pre-K and under with art, food, and new friends. Free.
Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, 31 Glengary Rd, Croton-on-Hudson
Sunday, Sept. 17, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

CSI PJ Library Tashlich at the Park
Families with children ages 6 and under are invited for snacks, games, a story, and Tashlich. Free.
Wishnie Park, Pleasantville Rd & Orchard Rd, Briarcliff Manor
Thursday, Sept. 21, 5 – 6 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Nature Walk & Tashlich
A nature walk followed by a short, family-friendly service with Congregation Emanuel. RSVP requested, free and open to all.
Edith Read Sanctuary, 100 Playland Pkwy, Rye
Friday, Sept. 22, 10:15 a.m. – Noon

Rosh Hashanah Family Program – Apple Picking
Join Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-El and celebrate the New Year with apple picking. RSVP required.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem
Friday, Sept. 22, 9 – 11 a.m.

Mitzvah Day – JCC of Mid-Westchester
Participate in a range of volunteer activities including assembling birthday party kits for kids in need, creating toys for animals in shelters, a mitzvah knitting circle, and creating thank you keepsakes for veterans and active duty military. Advance registration requested, part of UJA-Federation of New York’s 10 Days of Awesome.
JCC of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale
Sunday, September 24, 2 – 4 p.m.

Music Together Sing Shalom
Music Together classes with a Jewish twist. The session will include classic Music Together songs supplemented with Jewish music and movement designed in partnership with Jewish educators. Best for ages 5 and under, advance registration required. Sponsored by the Jewish Education Project and UJA-Federation of New York. Choose from multiple days and locations.
Starlight Starbright Studio, 78 Garth Rd, Scarsdale
Thursdays @ 9:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 28

 


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High Holiday Services


Brooklyn

Bay Ridge Jewish Center High Holiday Family Experience
Celebrate the holidays with the whole family in a relaxed and playful setting. Enjoy music, singing, puppets, art, creative prayer, stories, and the sound of the shofar. Free.
Bay Ridge Jewish Center, 4th Avenue & 81st St
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday & Friday, Sept. 21 & 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bowl Hashanah with Because Jewish
Inspirational Rosh Hashanah morning services led by Rabbi Dan Ain with music from The Sway Machinery’s Jeremiah Lockwood with Shoko Nagai on keyboards and drummer John Bollinger, babysitting available. Tickets required.
Brooklyn Bowl, 52 Wythe Ave
Thursday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. – Noon

Kane Street Synagogue High Holiday Family Services
Choose from four interactive, age-appropriate services for families and children ranging from infants through high school. Advance registration required.
Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane St
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday & Friday, Sept. 21 & 22, 10 a.m..
Yom Kippur, Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

Kolot Chayeinu High Holy Days Family Services
Musical and interactive family services with stories and songs led by Jewish musicians, artists and educators  Ty Citerman and Hadar Ahuvia. Free and open to all.
Mission for Today, 298 6th Ave
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2:30 – 4 p.m
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Park Slope Jewish Center Children and Family Services
Three age-appropriate children’s and family services for children ages 4 and under, ages 5 – 7, and 3rd – 7th grade. Free and open to the community.
Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Ave
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday & Friday, Sept. 21 & 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Union Temple High Holiday Children Services
Age-appropriate children’s services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, followed by High Holiday services for adults, with childcare available.
Union Temple, 17 Eastern Pkwy
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 9 – 10 a.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 – 10 a.m.

Long Island

Temple Avodah High Holiday Tot & Family Service
Celebrate the High Holidays with music, crafts and PJ Library stories and experience the Shofar service in the main sanctuary. Free.
Temple Avodah, 3050 Oceanside Road, Oceanside
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.

Temple Beth Torah High Holidays Children’s Services
Free High Holiday services for families with young children.
Temple Beth Torah, 35 Bagatelle Rd, Melville
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth High Holiday Children’s Services
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur through story and song. For families with children in grades 2 and under. Free and open to all, no synagogue affiliation required.
Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth, 430 DeMott Ave, Rockville Centre
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 2 -3 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Temple Chaverim Young Family High Holiday Service
Rosh Hashanah service for families with young children, free and open to the community, advance registration, and tickets required (516-367-6100).
Temple Chaverim, 1050 Washington Ave, Plainview
Thursday, Sept. 21, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Jericho Jewish Center High Holiday Family Services
Two family services are offered: one for students in grades 2-4, the other for grades 5-8, followed by preschool art activity stations.  Tickets required.
Jericho Jewish Center, 430 North Broadway, Jericho
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday & Friday, Sept. 21 & 22, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Yom Kippur, Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Temple Judea Family High Holiday Services
Family service open to all, children will be called up to the bima and given a special gift. Free, all ages.
Temple Judea, 333 Searingtown Road, Manhasset
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Makom NY High Holiday Family Services
Family services for elementary-school-age children and younger, advance registration required.Free.
Bethpage Worship Center, 600 Broadway, Bethpage
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

North Shore Synagogue High Holiday Family & Tot Services
Two age-appropriate, interactive services for families with children ages 6 and under, and in grades 2 – 6. No tickets or prior experience, free and open to all.
North Shore Synagogue, 83 Muttontown Eastwoods Rd, Syosset
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 3 – 4 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 3 – 4 p.m.

Plainview Jewish Center Young Family High Holiday Services
Fun and inspiring services with songs, stories, holiday-appropriate crafts, and games. Free and open to all.
Plainview Jewish Center, 95 Floral Drive, Plainview
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21 & Friday, Sept. 22, :45 – 10:45 a.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Manhattan

Downtown

East End Temple’s High Holy Day Tot Services
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. Free but RSVP required.
Hebrew Union College, One West 4th St
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 9 – 9:45 a.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 – 9:45 a.m.

JCP Downtown Tot High Holiday Services
Join Rabbi Jason Klein and Grammy-nominated children’s musician Jacob Stein for a lively musical experience for children ages 5 and under and their adults. This short service will include prayer, movement, interactive puppetry, and new music. Advance ticket purchase required.
New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.
Yom Kippur, Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 – 10 a.m.

Becoming Full Circle: Lab/Shul NYC’s High Holiday Family Programming
An everybody-friendly, artist driven, God-optional experience led by dedicated experiential educators. The day begins with a family gathering, followed by dedicated children’s programming so parents can attend the main service. Advance registration and tickets required.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St.
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. – Noon
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Town & Village Synagogue High Holiday Family Services
An interactive service where parents and children ages 4 and under learn, sing, and pray together. Free and open to all.
Town & Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th St
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21 & Friday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Midtown

Sutton Place Synagogue Rosh Hashanah Tot & Family Services
Age-appropriate services for parents and children ages 0-3 and 4-6 years. Free, no tickets required.
Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 East 51st St
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 9 – 9:45 a.m, Friday, Sept. 22, 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 – 10:45 a.m.

Upper East Side

92Y Family Rosh Hashanah Services
A soulful, energetic and creative High Holiday experience with a live band, led by Rebecca Schoffer, director of Jewish Family Engagement. Sing, dance and celebrate the new year in this meaningful and joyful service. For families with children 0-7. Advance registration required.
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave
Thursday, Sept. 21, 10 – 11 a.m.

Temple Israel High Holiday Tot Family Services
Musical Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for families with young children. Siblings and extended family members welcome too.
Temple Israel of the City of New York, 112 East 75th St
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m
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Park Avenue Synagogue High Holiday Young Family Services
Musical high holiday services lead by children’s music favorites  Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights. Advance ticket purchase required.
Darlington Hall, 2 East 90th St (btw 5th & Madison Ave)
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday & Friday, Sept. 21 & 22, 9 a.m. – Noon
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. – Noon

92Y Yom Kippur Family Service
Reflect, renew and experience Yom Kippur together with your children in a warm and meaningful service, filled with live music, movement, and creative prayer. Led by Rebecca Schoffer, director of Jewish Family Engagement and Shababa. For families with children ages 0-7. Advance registration required.
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave
Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 – 11 a.m.

Upper West Side

Romemu High Holy Day Family Programming
Choose from two age-appropriate, interactive family services followed by supervised play. Advance ticket purchase required.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 150 W 83rd St
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday & Friday, Sept. 21 & 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom Young Families High Holy Day Services
Free tickets available to non-members. Advance registration required.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W 83rd St
Thursday, Sept. 21 & Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:15 – 10 a.m.

High Holiday Family Services @ SAJ
Family services at SAJ are designed to get children and adults tapping their feet while singing along! We will reflect on how the prayers and rituals of these Jewish holy days can have a direct impact on our thinking and action. Tickets for children are free, discounted tickets available to newcomers.
The Society for the Advancement of Judaism, 15 West 86th St
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m.
Yom Kippur: Friday, Sept. 29, 6 – 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m.

Westchester

Bet Torah Free Young Family High Holiday Services
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with songs, stories, prayer, and shofar blowing. For families with children in grades 2 and under, led by Rabbi Brusso, Cantor Herman, and Rabbi Koffman. Free and open to the community.
Bet Torah High Holiday Tent. 60 Smith Ave, Mount Kisco
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m.

Temple Beth Abraham Rosh Hashanah Services for Families with Young Children
Rosh Hashanah service with songs and stories led by Rabbi David Holtz and Cantor Margot Goldberg. Free and open to all.
Temple Beth Abraham, 25 Leroy Avenue, Tarrytown
Thursday, Sept. 21, 3 – 4 p.m.

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester Young Families Rosh Hashanah Service & Celebration
A warm, family-friendly service with songs and stories followed by apples and honey, crafts, and games. Free and open to the public.
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Avenue East, Rye
Thursday, Sept. 21, 3 – 4 p.m.

Greenburgh Hebrew Center High Holiday Tot & Kids’ Services
Age-appropriate children’s services for ages 4 and under, ages 5 – 7, and ages 8 – 12 with songs, prayers, stories, holiday activities, and a snack. RSVP requested. Free.
Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday & Friday, Sept. 21 & 22, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m./Noon
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m./Noon

Temple Israel of Northern Westchester Multi-Generational High Holiday Services
Free High Holiday services for families, RSVP required. (Contact the synagogue office 914-271-4705 ext 122.)
Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, 31 Glengary Rd, Croton-on-Hudson
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Friday, Sept. 29, 6 – 7:30 p.m

Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-el High Holy Day Family Experience
Family services including Tashlich and a blessing for new babies on Rosh Hashanah. Free, no tickets required.
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-El, 2 Ogden Rd, Scarsdale
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, Sept. 21, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, Sept. 30, 1:30  – 3:30 p.m.

Westchester Jewish Center Rosh Hashanah Torah for Tots
Parents and children ages 2 – 6 years will celebrate with song and dance led by Jill Rivel. Join the synagogue Tashlich at Mamaroneck Harbor following the service. RSVP required. Free.
Westchester Jewish Center, Rockland & Palmer Ave, Mamaroneck
Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester Young Families Yom Kippur Service
A family-friendly service with singing, storytelling, and prayer led by Rabbi Goldsmith and Cantor Stone. Older siblings welcome, services are free and open to the public.
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Avenue East, Rye
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

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