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Rosh Hashanah Services (5778)
Sep 20th - Sep 21st 5:30 PM/8 PM/10 AM

Fifth Avenue Sanctuary and Lowenstein Sanctuary
Tickets required for entry, except where noted




Rosh Hashanah worship services are conducted simultaneously in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street) and in the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary (10 East 66th Street). Reserved seating is required for both locations.

Special notices about reserving seats for the High Holy Days were enclosed with each member’s 2017-2018 dues statements, mailed in June. Renewal of reserved seating is automatic, BUT we ask that you return the renewal form included with your annual dues statement to confirm seats, release seats or make any other necessary changes. This ensures that we can accommodate new members as well as others who wish to update their accounts. Please return renewal forms by the date specified.

Members wanting guest tickets for Rosh Hashanah services must call (212) 507-9514.
There is a $125 processing fee per guest, per holiday.

NEW for 5778... For members with children between 18 months and 5 years of age, we will be offering child care for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services. This amenity is complimentary, but space is limited. Parents must register by 5 PM on September 8. If you register and your needs should change, then please notify the Membership Office so we may reach out to those on the waiting list. Complete our online registration »



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In addition to our formal Rosh Hashanah services in the Fifth Avenue and Leon Lowenstein sanctuaries, Temple Emanu-El offers open seating at several other services appropriate for adults and children alike. Tickets are available at no extra charge for temple members.

We will hold a Shir Chadash service for Rosh Hashanah at 8 PM on September 20 in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary, in addition to the Rosh Hashanah evening service at 5:30 PM. The service features a contemporary liturgy and participatory music; children are welcome. Tickets for our Family Worship Service (September 21 at 2:30 PM) are available at no additional cost to all members with young children and to all our Nursery School and Religious School parents who wish to attend services with their children and extended families. (Tickets for both the Shir Chadash and Family Worship Service will be sent automatically to all member families with children under the age of 18. Others who are interested in tickets for these services can request them here »)

We also have a Pre-Readers Service (September 21 at 9 AM) for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners and their parents and a Teen Worship Service (September 21 at 12:30 PM) for all Emanu-El teens in grades 7 through 12. The pre-readers service is geared for our youngest children to understand and enjoy, with music and a story; the teen service is conducted in a manner that is appropriate and engaging specifically for teens. Parents of teens are invited to attend, but teens certainly may attend on their own. Teen friends also are invited. Request tickets here »)

On Rosh Hashanah afternoon (September 21 at 12:30 PM in the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary), all temple members are invited to join us for a special event with Israeli Ambassador Dani Dayan, who will discuss critical issues facing Israel today. Seating is open; tickets are not required.

College students, both temple members and nonmembers, who do not already have seats are invited to join us for Rosh Hashanah in the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary. Students must present a current college ID on the day of the service to enter.

We also host community worship services, open to the public in I.M. Wise Hall (One East 65th Street), that feature audio from the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary services. No reservations are needed. In addition, services from the Fifth Sanctuary may be watched via live video stream through the Emanu-El website. Follow the VIDEO BROADCAST link from the Emanu-El Home Page. Watch archived videos by clicking the “stack menu” icon at the top right of the viewer.


Unable to attend the Rosh Hashanah morning service?
One of our rabbis will be happy to pay a home visit to temple members on Rosh Hashanah afternoon, shofar in hand. Call the rabbis’ study at (212) 507-9603.

If you have questions about the High Holy Days, including how to obtain seating reciprocity (for Temple Emanu-El members in good standing who will be out of town during the High Holy Days and wish to attend services at another Union for Reform Judaism congregation), add a name to our Roll of Remembrance or become an usher during services, then please contact the Membership Office at (212) 507-9513 or pdavis@emanuelnyc.org.


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