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Free High Holiday Services for Families in the New York Area

Rosh hashanah (jewish New Year) concept. Traditional symbols

Paying big bucks for tickets to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services can be hard to swallow when your chances of spending more than a few minutes at a time inside those services are fairly low. And the price tag itself can be daunting. Perhaps traditional High Holiday services aren’t your jam, or maybe you’re new to the neighborhood and not sure where to go?

We get it. So we put together a list of free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in the New York area. Some of them are traditional services, others are shorter experiences crafted especially for little hands and little attention spans.

Rosh Hashanah 2016 begins on Sunday evening, Oct. 2 and ends on Tuesday evening, Oct. 4

Yom Kippur 2016 begins on Tuesday evening, Oct. 11 and ends on Wednesday evening, Oct. 12



Brooklyn


Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Children’s Services

Union Temple of Brooklyn, Union Temple of Brooklyn, 4th fl
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.

Youth & Family High Holiday Services
Four different age-appropriate family services beginning with ages 5 and under and continuing up through high school age.
Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Ave
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3 & Tuesday,
 Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Yom Kippur, Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Sensory Sensitive Rosh Hashanah Service
A small, quiet, sensory-sensitive holiday celebration with songs, stories, shofar blowing, and a treat. RSVP requested, all ages.
Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Ave
Monday, Oct. 3 & 3 p.m.



Long Island


Apples on the Bima

A brief Rosh Hashanah program for children ages 4 and under with stories, songs, and apples and honey.
Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, 1001 Plandome Rd
Monday, Oct. 3, 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Children’s/Family Service
RSVP requested, 631-563-1660
B’nai Israel Reform Temple of Oakdale, 67 Oakdale Bohemia Rd, Oakdale
Monday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m.

The High Holiday Experience
A lively two-hour experience organized by the Jewish Family Initiative, no Hebrew necessary, childcare provided upon requested. RSVP required.
Congregation Ohav Shalom, 145 S Merrick Ave, Merrick
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3 & Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Children’s Services
Stories, songs, and apples & honey for Rosh Hashanah.
Temple Israel of Long Beach New York, 305 Riverside Blvd, Long Beach
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3 & Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Young Family Rosh Hashanah Service
RSVP requested, call 516-367-6100
Temple Chaverim, 1050 Washington Ave, Plainview
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2 – 3 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Family Services PJ-Library-icon CMS-PNG
A holiday service geared toward children ages 2-7 and their families, featuring music and movement, crafts, and stories.
Temple Judea of Manhasset, 333 Searingtown Rd., Manhasset
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Children’s Services PJ-Library-icon CMS-PNG
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with stories, songs, shofar blasts, and apples and honey. Open to all.
Synagogue of Nassau County/Congregation Beth Emeth, 430 DeMott Ave, Rockville Centre
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3, 2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2 – 3:15 p.m.
 

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Family Service
Temple Beth Torah, 35 Bagatelle Rd, Melville
Rosh Hashanah: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m.

 No Apples on the Bima, it’s Yom Kippur
A Yom Kippur experience for children ages 4 years and under.
Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, 1001 Plandome Rd.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2 – 2:30 p.m.



Manhattan


Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Service

JCC Harlem and Lab/Shul are collaborating to lead a service in the JCC Manhattan’s newly acquired Harlem location. The service will be co-led by Naomi Less of Lab/Shul and Rabbi Joy Levitt from JCC Manhattan. Open to all ages and backgrounds. RSVP required.
JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th St.
Sunday, Oct 2, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Family Service
An interactive service designed for children and parents together with singing and prayer.
Town and Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th St
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3 & Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Children’s Services
Children will be divided by age group and will rotate between holiday-themed activity rooms.
Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 East 51st St
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3 & Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah  & Yom Kippur Services
Family-friendly High Holiday services conducted in Hebrew and English with age-appropriate children’s programming, including snacks and lunch, and a deluxe breakfast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur.
Chabad of the Lower East Side, 79 Rivington St
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3 & Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Yom Kippur Eve: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.

Yom Kippur Community Yizkor
Yizkor memorial service open to the entire community.
Temple Shaaray Tefila, 250 East 79th St
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.



Westchester


Young Families Rosh Hashanah Service & Celebration

A warm, clergy-led, community Rosh Hashanah service with stories and songs followed by apples and honey, crafts, and games. Yom Kippur service will include singing, storytelling, and prayers to mark the day. For children ages 8 and under, older siblings welcome. RSVP requested.
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Avenue East, Rye
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3, 3 – 4 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Family Services
For families with toddlers and school-age children, RSVP requested for security purposes, (914) 631-1770
Temple Beth Abraham, 25 Leroy Avenue, Tarrytown
Rosh Hashanah, Monday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Family Service
Congregation Sons of Israel, 1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor
Monday, Oct. 3,  4 – 5 p.m.

Young Family Service
A short service designed for families with young children with stories, songs, prayer, and shofar blowing.
Bet Torah High Holiday Tent, 60 Smith Avenue, Mount Kisco
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3, 4 – 4:45 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Torah for Tots
Families with children ages 26 years will sing, dance, and celebrate Rosh Hashanah together. RSVP requested, 914- 698-2966
Westchester Jewish Center, Rockland and Palmer Avenue, Mamaroneck
Monday, Oct. 3, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Young Families’ High Holiday Services PJ-Library-icon CMS-PNG
Free Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur services for families with two different age-appropriate services; one for ages 05 years and another for K2 grade, RSVP requested.
Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Oct. 3 & Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10 – 11:30 a.m.


Read More:

High Holidays 2016: Where to Celebrate with Kids in New York

New York Synagogues

New York, Long Island & Westchester JCC’s


 

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