High Holidays 2016/5777


Shanah Tovah!

The entire clergy team and staff of Park Avenue Synagogue wish you a healthy, fulfilling new year.

Please explore this page to learn everything you need to know to plan your  High Holiday experience with the Park Avenue Synagogue community. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. Please check back periodically.

For questions or assistance, you may contact Rachel Benichak, Membership Manager, at rbenichak@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x195. We are interested in discussing with you any accommodations you might need to make your visit and involvement at PAS more comfortable.

Note that tickets are required for all daytime services on Rosh Hashanah and for all Yom Kippur services except Yizkor.

 

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Calendar of Holidays
Venues
Schedule of Services
Yom Kippur Learning
Family Services (Grades K-7 with parents and siblings)
Young Family Services (Newborn-Pre-K)
Grades K-7 Services and Programming
Teen Services and Programming (Grades 8-12)
Learning in Elul
Tickets & Seating
Elul Kavvanot (new page)

 

Calendar of Holidays

Selihot – Saturday evening | September 24
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday | October 2
Rosh Hashanah, First Day – Monday | October 3
Rosh Hashanah, Second Day – Tuesday | October 4
Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidrei – Tuesday | October 11
Yom Kippur – Wednesday | October 12
Sukkot – Sunday | October 16 – Sunday | October 23
Shemini Atzeret – Monday | October 24
Simhat Torah – Tuesday | October 25
 

Venues

Park Avenue Synagogue will hold High Holiday services in three locations. In addition to the Sanctuary and Lower Level located at 50 East 87th Street, we will also hold services on Fifth Avenue, at the Church of the Heavenly Rest located at Fifth Avenue at 90th Street. Erev Rosh Hashanah services will take place only at 87th Street. All other services on both days of Rosh Hashanah as well as Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur day will be held at both 87th Street and on Fifth Avenue.

PAS clergy will rotate to lead services in all of our venues over the course of the High Holidays.

Park Avenue Synagogue sanctuary services are live streamed through this website. Please note: By participating on the bimah in the sanctuary, you are consenting to your image appearing on the live stream of the service.

 

Schedule of Services

Selihot Night
Saturday | September 24
8:00 pm | How Can As a Driven Leaf by Rabbi Milton Steinberg Help Us Prepare for the High Holidays? Rabbi David Golinkin
8:30 pm | Havdalah and Selihot Service
As the editor of the new Hebrew edition of As a Driven Leaf, Rabbi Golinkin spent five years immersed in this classic novel by the late PAS Rabbi Milton Steinberg. Rabbi Golinkin will share insights about this work and its relevance to the High Holidays. Our moving Selihot service will start you on the introspection of this season.

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday | October 2 ~ 1 Tishrei
6:00 pm | Sanctuary, 87th Street
Tickets are not required.
 

    Sanctuary Lower Level 5th Avenue
Rosh Hashanah,
First Day
Monday | October 3
1 Tishrei
8:30 am Morning Service Morning Service Morning Service
10:00 am Shofar Shofar Shofar
10:30 am Sermon Sermon Sermon
5:00 pm Tashlich Tashlich Tashlich
Central Park, 90th Street and 5th Avenue
6:00 pm Minha/Ma'ariv Minha/Ma'ariv Minha/Ma'ariv
Sanctuary, 87th Street

Rosh Hashanah,
Second Day
Tuesday | October 4
2 Tishrei
8:30 am Morning Service Morning Service Morning Service
10:00 am Shofar Shofar Shofar
10:30 am Sermon Sermon Sermon

Erev Yom Kippur
Tuesday | October 11
10 Tishrei
6:20 pm Minha Minha Minha
6:30 pm Kol Nidrei Kol Nidrei Kol Nidrei

Yom Kippur
Wednesday | October 12
10 Tishrei
9:00 am Morning Service Morning Service Morning Service
10:45 am Sermon Sermon N/A
11:30 am N/A N/A Sermon
1:30 pm Yizkor Yizkor Yizkor
2:15 pm Learning Learning Learning
Sanctuary, 87th Street
3:30 pm Minha Minha Minha
Sanctuary, 87th Street
4:50 pm Ne'ilah N/A N/A
5:10 pm N/A Ne'ilah Ne'ilah
7:00 pm Shofar Shofar Shofar
7:05 pm Ma'ariv Ma'ariv Ma'ariv
Chapel, 87th Street

Times for sermons and for shofar are approximate. There will be no seating during sermons and the chanting of Kol Nidrei.

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Yom Kippur Learning

Sins of Commission and Omission: Pitfalls of American Foreign Policy
Brief remarks by Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York
and
A Conversation with Dr. Richard Haass and Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove

2:30 pm | Sanctuary, 87th Street
Dani Dayan assumed the post of Consul General of Israel in New York in August 2016. Previously, he was Chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and acted as the Council's Chief Foreign Envoy. Amb. Dayan is a regular commentator in the international press, including the New York Times, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera. Dani Dayan began his professional career as an entrepreneur and businessman. He was founder and CEO of Elad Systems and later served as Chairman of the Board. Dayan holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Computer Sciences from Bar Ilan University and an M.Sc. in Finance from Tel Aviv University. He also served on the Israel Broadcasting Authority Board and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Council. Born in Buenos Aires, Dayan immigrated to Israel in 1971.

Richard Haass is the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to issues of foreign policy and international relations. He has served as the senior Middle East advisor to President George H.W. Bush and as a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Dr. Haass is the author or editor of twelve books on U.S. foreign policy and one book on management. His next book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, will be published in January 2017. A Rhodes scholar, he holds the Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University.
                                                                                                         

 

 

Youth Services

All families with children newborn through grade 12 will receive a Youth Service ticket for entry into our various services. Adult family members accompanying their children to Youth Services must present their 87th Street or Fifth Avenue tickets upon entry. Please see below for specific information about each age group.
 

Family Services (Grades K-7 with parents and siblings)

For the first time! Park Avenue Synagogue will offer services for families to sit, pray, and sing together. PAS clergy will lead a service centered around families with children grades 4-7 on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and grades K-3 on Yom Kippur, but all ages are welcome, as are siblings, parents, and grandparents. Please RSVP to rkemp@pasyn.org, and contact Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky at ewitkovsky@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x123 with questions.

All Family Services will take place at Dalton, Auditorium, 108 East 89th Street.

Rosh Hashanah, First Day
Monday | October 3 ~ 1 Tishrei
8:45 am | Grades 4-7

Yom Kippur
Wednesday | October 12 ~ 10 Tishrei
8:45 am | Grades K-3

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Young Family Services (Newborn-Pre-K)

Young Family Services will be held on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings. Families with a child newborn through Pre-K will be assigned to a Young Family Service. Children should be accompanied by parents or another adult. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your assigned service and encourage you not to bring strollers as there is limited space available to store them. Please contact Jamie Diamond at jdiamond@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x140.

All Young Family Services, except Ne'ilah,  will take place at New York International School, Thomas Hall, 4 East 90th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues).

Rosh Hashanah, First Day
Monday |  October 3 ~ 1 Tishrei
9:30 am | newborn-24 months
11:30 am | 25 months-Pre-K

Rosh Hashanah, Second Day
Tuesday | October 4 ~ 2 Tishrei
9:30 am | newborn-24 months
11:30 am | 25 months-Pre-K

Yom Kippur
Wednesday | October 12 ~ 10 Tishrei
9:30 am | newborn-24 months
11:30 am | 25 months-Pre-K
6:30 pm | Young Family Ne’ilah Service | Chapel, 87th Street
 

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Grades K-7 Services and Programming
Park Avenue Synagogue will once again provide tefillah (prayer), programs, and activities for all K-7 children of members. All K-7 programs are drop-off programs; children attend without their parents. No RSVP is needed.

Please contact Jennifer Stern Granowitz at jgranowitz@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x139 with any questions.

Rosh Hashanah: K-7 tefillah and programs will be held on both mornings.
Kol Nidrei: Tefillah and programs will be held for grades 5-7 ONLY.
Yom Kippur: K-7 tefillah and programs will be held in the morning. There will be no K-7 programming in the afternoon/evening.

Grade Rosh Hashanah, First Day Rosh Hashanah, Second Day Kol Nidrei Yom Kippur Morning
  Drop-off: 9:45 am
Pick-up: 12:45 pm
Drop-off: 9:45 am
Pick-up: 12:45 pm
Drop-off: 6:20 pm
Pick-up: 8:45 pm
Drop-off: 9:45 am
Pick-up: 12:45 pm
K-1 Drop-off & Pick-up: Rooms 303, 304, 308 Drop-off & Pick-up: Rooms 303, 304, 308 No Programming Drop-off & Pick-up: Rooms 303, 304, 308
2 Drop-off & Pick-up: Rooms 309, 309a Drop-off & Pick-up: Rooms 309, 309a No Programming Drop-off & Pick-up: Rooms 309, 309a
3 Drop-off: Chapel
Pick-up: Rooms 305, 306, 403
Drop-off: Chapel
Pick-up: Rooms 305, 306
No Programming Drop-off: Chapel
Pick-up: Rooms 305, 306, 403
4-5 Drop-off: Chapel
Pick-up: 405, 406, 408
Drop-off: Chapel
Pick-up: 403, 405, 406
Grade 5 Only
Drop-off & Pick-up: 403, 405, 408
Drop-off: Chapel
Pick-up: 405, 406, 408
6-7 Drop-off & Pick-up: Library Drop-off & Pick-up: 408 Drop-off & Pick-up: 403, 405, 408 Drop-off & Pick-up: Library
MATAN
(Special Needs)
Drop-off: Chapel
Pick-up: 206
Drop-off: Chapel
Pick-up: 206
Drop-off: Chapel & Pick-up: 206 Drop-off: Chapel
Pick-up: 206
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Teen Services and Programming (Grades 8-12)

Park Avenue Synagogue offers worship and learning opportunities for teens in grades 8-12. Contact Hallie Chandler at hchandler@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x147 for more information.

Rosh Hashanah, First Day
Monday | October 3 ~ 1 Tishrei
10:00 am  | Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th Street
Breakfast, services, discussions & teen tashlich
12:00 pm | 87th Street and Fifth Avenue
Distribute grocery collection bags for Food Pantry collection
5:00 pm | Community Tashlich, Central Park, Fifth Avenue & 90th Street

Rosh Hashanah, Second Day
Tuesday | October 4 - 2 Tishrei
9:30 am | Rothschild Library, 87th Street
Teen Theater Company rehearsal with John Adam Ross (JAR)
11:00 am | Rothschild Library, 87th Street
Oneg and alternative program with JAR

Erev Yom Kippur
Tuesday | October 11
6:20 pm | 87th Street and Fifth Avenue
Collect filled grocery bags for Food Pantry
6:30 pm | Meet in Cohen Library (87th Street) for Kol Nidrei 
Standing room will be provided for teens to hear Kol Nidrei at 87th Street, 
followed by discussion in the Cohen Library  until 8:00 pm. 

Yom Kippur
Wednesday | October 12
10:00 am | Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th Street
Services, Teen Rock Band & discussions

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Learning in Elul

During the month of Elul we prepare for the High Holidays with daily shofar blasts. Our individual experiences of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur can be enhanced and deepened by thoughtful preparation. We invite you to begin the process of introspection and growth by participating in our Elul programming.

Contemporary Jewish Thought: Elul Series
Tuesdays | September 13, 20, 27 | 11:30 am
Marga Hirsch
We will study contemporary takes on the themes of the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe).

Midtown Lunch & Learn: High Holiday Edition
Wednesday | 12:30 pm
September 14 | Rabbi Charlie Savenor: You Are What You Eat, A Study of the Symbolic Foods for Rosh Hashanah
September 21 | Rabbi Neil Zuckerman: God Merciful and Gracious: How the Rabbis Read and Misread the Thirteen Attributes of God
Cost: free/members; $18/general
Registration coming soon!

Shabbat at PAS
Shabbat Morning with Guest Cantor Jackie Mendelson
Saturday | September 17
12:30 pm | Post-Kiddush Learning: A Cantor’s Tale
Cantor Mendelson, who has dedicated his life to preserving the traditional vocal stylings of Jewish liturgical music, will describe his experience as the star of A Cantor's Tale, a 2005 documentary profile by Erik Greenberg Anjou.

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Tickets & Seating

Tickets are required for all daytime services on Rosh Hashanah and for all Yom Kippur services except for Yizkor.

We will issue the following types of tickets:

  • Bet member tickets for reserved seats in the Sanctuary and Lower Level
    (50 East 87th Street)

  • Aleph member tickets for unreserved seats at Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue between 89th & 90th Streets)

  • Guest tickets for services at Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue between 89th & 90th Streets)

  • Reciprocal tickets for services at Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue between 89th & 90th Streets)

All tickets will be mailed the week of September 19. If you have any questions about tickets, please email Rachel Benichak, Membership Manager, at rbenichak@pasyn.org or you may call Rachel at 212-369-2600, x195.

Releasing Reserved Seats that You Will Not Use This Year
Space is extremely limited during the High Holidays. If you do not intend to use your tickets for one or more services, please let us know so that we can make the seats in those services available to other congregants. You may release your tickets by clicking here. Alternatively, you may contact Rachel Benichak at rbenichak@pasyn.orgor 212-369-2600, x195. Thank you for helping us provide seating for all of our members.

Guest Tickets
You must be a member of Park Avenue Synagogue to request guest tickets. Park Avenue Synagogue tries to allocate up to four (4) guest ticket requests per member household for close family members of our congregants. We will fulfill guest ticket requests in the order which we receive them and will accommodate as many requests as possible. To request guest tickets, please click here, or contact Rachel Benichak at rbenichak@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x195.

Guest tickets cost $360 per ticket and may be used for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Guests will be seated at our Fifth Avenue service (Fifth Avenue between 89th & 90th Street).

Reciprocal Tickets
We welcome members in good standing from other USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) congregations. To request reciprocal tickets to attend services at Park Avenue Synagogue, please ask your congregation to send a letter on your behalf stating the number of tickets you need, and the address to which we should mail your tickets, to the PAS main office at 50 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128, or have someone in your congregation’s office email your request to Craig Demarest at cdemarest@pasyn.org. Requests for reciprocal tickets must come from your congregation, not from your personal address.

If you are a member of Park Avenue Synagogue and wish to attend services at another USCJ congregation, contact Craig Demarest at cdemarest@pasyn.org or call 212-369-2600, x111. Please provide Craig with the name and address of the congregation, the number of tickets you wish to request and the address where you wish to receive the reciprocal tickets. Craig will send a letter with your request to the designated congregation.

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