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Where to go for High Holidays services in NYC if you're a young professional in your 20s or 30s

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

Every year when the High Holidays roll around, I scramble to figure out my plans. And I know a lot of people my age, for whatever reason, are in a similar situation, trying to redefine what the holidays mean to them, how they mark them, and who they celebrate with.


So — here is a list of a mix of several young professional-approved services that do not cost $300+ a ticket! And where you won't feel like you're the only person there under 50 or the only one without small children. They are all doing live services, and most offer a virtual option.


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High Holiday Services in NYC


Temple Israel City of New York

Upper East Side, reform


NYConnect is Temple Israel’s group for young professionals in their 20s and 30s. It holds monthly programs and services during the year. Come join NYConnect for the High Holy Days to meet other dynamic Jews in New York City. For further information about the group or to share your contact information, contact Rabbi Alexis Pinsky at rabbipinsky@templeisraelnyc.org.


Tuesday, Oct, 4:

Kol Nidre: 8:00-9:45 pm


Wednesday, October 5

10:00 am-12:00 pm • Yom Kippur Service

12:30-1:45pm • Social Action Dialogue

2:00-3:00 pm • Healing Service

3:00-4:00 pm • Musical Interlude

4:00-4:30 pm • Jonah Maven

4:30-5:30 pm • Yizkor Memorial Service

5:30-6:15 pm • Neilah Service

6:15 pm • Break Fast

$50



MJE

Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Downtown, modern orthodox (open to all affiliations)


Join us for inspiring services at one of our three locations across Manhattan. Services at MJE are user-friendly, explanatory, no-Hebrew necessary followed by Kiddush, refreshments, and socializing. Services include break-out classes and interactive discussions with the MJE educators. Each of our locations will feature a catered Yom Kippur Break fast.


Oct. 4-5 Yom Kippur services, followed by breakfast, $50



B'nai Jeshurun

Upper West Side, non-affiliated

Aviv, B'nai Jeshurun's community for 20s + 30s, is offering a variety of programs and services for the high holidays.


Tuesday, Oct. 4

6 p.m.

Kol Nidre: Aviv 20s & 30s

89th Street Community House – 3rd Floor

$36


Wednesday, Oct. 5

4:30-7:15 PM: Minha and Ne’ilah, Church of St. Paul St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street - free



Chabad Young Professionals

Chelsea/Flatiron, Hasidic


Celebrate the High Holidays with an inviting and warm YP community at the "Pop-Up Synagogue" in the heart of Manhattan! Our services are tailored for young professionals in the modern world synthesizing an authentic and uplifting High Holiday experience. We are a congregation for young professionals but love when parents and family members join as well!


Tuesday, Oct. 4

Kol Nidrei Service, 6:15 pm


Wednesday, Oct. 5

Morning Services: 9:30 am - 1 pm

Mincha: 5:15 pm

Neila Service: 6:15 pm


Services have a suggested donation


Break fast: 8 pm $50


The Bitter End in NYC

Greenwich ViIllage, unaffiliated

Join us for Yom Kippur at legendary Bitter End on Bleeker Street in NYC! Featuring Rabbi Blane and a Jazz Quartet. Presented by Sim Shalom — the world's only interactive fully Online Jewish Universalist Synagogue- liberal in thought, and traditional in liturgy and music. We are an unaffiliated and pluralistic Jewish community, evolving and organically growing. We welcome everyone from throughout the world to worship with us!

10:30 to 1 pm

$127


Chabad Young Professionals

Upper East Side, Hasidic


Services are at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, Between 1st and 2nd Avenues


Tuesday, Oct. 4

Light Candles and Yahrzeit candle before coming to Shul

Candle Lighting by 6:15pm

6:15pm - Kol Nidrei


Wednesday, Oct. 5

9:30 am - Services begin 11:00am -1:00 pm - Children's program Yizkor approximately 11:45am 5:00pm - Mincha 6:00pm - Neilah Fast Ends: 7:12pm

Followed by full break - fast for the whole community


RSVP (walk-ins are allowed)

Suggested donation


Temple of The Stranger - Waitlist only

House of Yes, Brooklyn

Join us for a night of immersive spiritual theater led by Jericho Vincent. Our deconstructed High Holiday experience will plunge you into deep heart space, cast you into radial ancestral time, and invite you into mystical encounter, anchoring you to your strong, tender, clear spirit as you enter the new year. No prior Jewish knowledge is necessary. People of all and no faiths are welcome.

$46


Beit Simchat Torah Congregation

Flatiron

BST is an LGBTQ+ synagogue for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Our services are open to all, always free of charge.


Yom Kippur

Tuesday October 4

Kol Nidre 6 pm


Wednesday, Oct. 5

9 a.m. Shacharit

Musaf after 10:30 a.m.

Yizkor 2:45 p.m. Classes & Discussion Groups

4:00 p.m.Minchah/Neilah

7:15 p.m. Shofar (followed by a brief Ma'ariv service)




Lab Shul

Tribeca

We invite you to join us as we celebrate the sacred season and activate the new year with renewed focus and intention. Our theme this year is SHIVITI – the ancient art of focused contemplation, giving us grounding tools, as individuals and a community, towards better balance, leaning into love, rising up for justice. Join us in whatever way works for you, in person or online. All ages. All faiths. All welcome


Tuesday, Oct. 4

Kol Nidre Main Ritual: 7:00pm – 8:45pm

Zen Zohar: A Conversation Between Dr. Hellner Eshed + Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison Facilitated by Rabbi Amichai: 9:15pm – 10:30pm


Wednesday, Oct. 5


9:00am – 10:00am: Sunrise: Morning Meditations, Poem & Prayers of Presence with Rabbi Amichai, Rev. Derrick, Rebekka Eleonore, and Marques

10:00am – 1:00pm: Yom Kippur Main Ritual

12:00pm: Yizkor

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Raising the Bar YK Learning

3:00pm – 4:00pm: “Where Do We Go from Here?”: Rev Derrick McQueen + Rabbi Amichai Co-Teach on the Contemplative Tools of Resistance, Progress and Political Change.

In Person & Livestreamed

4:45pm – 6:00pm: All Faith Ritual Prayer for Healing

In Person & Live Streamed

6:00pm – 7:30pm: Ne’ilah Closing Ritual


$95+ (with $36 tickets available for students/artists/seniors/hose in need)



Sutton Place Synagogue

Midtown East


Together, we will hit the highlights of the High Holiday Service while we, learn, pray, and get in touch with our inner Judaism. We are so excited to be back in person at PS 59 led by Rabbi Dave Levy and Shayna Plotnik


October 4th - Kol Nidre at 6:15 PM

October 5th - Yom Kippur at 10 AM


Tickets for young professionals are available for $90 for one holiday and $118 for both holidays per person. If finances would be a barrier to attendance, please contact Abby at ajohnson@spsnyc.org.


The Altneu

Upper East Side, orthodox


We are looking forward to ushering in the new year with you, this Yom Kippur (October 4-5). We are working hard to create a service that is filled with deep inspiration, uplifting song, stimulating ideas, and real community.

Services will be led by Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt and Manchester's talented Chazzan Yossi Muller; alongside some exciting and innovative children's and teens' programming.


Old melodies, new spirit. Old words, new meaning.


$180 for non-members under 35



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