High Holidays 2017/5778


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)
Inclusion on the High Holidays Learning in Elul
Tickets & Seating
Elul Kavvanot (new page)

 

Calendar of Holidays

Selihot – Saturday evening | September 16
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Wednesday | September 20
Rosh Hashanah, First Day – Thursday | September 21
Rosh Hashanah, Second Day – Friday | September 22
Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidrei – Friday | September 29
Yom Kippur – Saturday | September 30
Sukkot – Thursday, October 5 – Wednesday, October 11
Shemini Atzeret – Thursday | October 12
Simhat Torah – Friday | October 13
 

Venues

Park Avenue Synagogue will hold High Holiday services in three main 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. PAS clergy will rotate to lead services in all three venues over the course of the High Holidays.

The Family Services will take place at The Brick Church located at 1140 Park Avenue. All Young Family Services, except Ne'ilah, will take place at Darlington Hall, 2 East 90th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues).  We will provide drop-off tefillah (prayer), programs, and activities for all K-7 and Matan learners of members at the 87th Street building. Teen services will be held at our new Park Avenue Synagogue Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center located at 11 East 89th Street.

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 16 ~ 26 Elul
8:00 pm | Learning: Teshuvah Dilemma: What If I Can't Really Change? Shayna Golkow, Rabbinical Intern
8:30 pm | Havdalah and Selihot Service

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednessday | September 20 ~ 1 Tishrei
6:00 pm | Sanctuary, 87th Street
Tickets are not required.
 

    Sanctuary Lower Level 5th Avenue
Rosh Hashanah,
First Day
Thursday | September 21
1 Tishrei
8:30 am Morning Service Morning Service Morning Service
9:45 am Torah Service Torah Service Torah Service
10:00 am Shofar Shofar Shofar
10:30 am Sermon Sermon Sermon
5:00 pm Tashlich Tashlich Tashlich
Two Locations:
Central Park, 90th Street and 5th Avenue
or
Carl Schurz Park at 87th and East End
6:00 pm Minha/Ma'ariv Minha/Ma'ariv Minha/Ma'ariv
Chapel, 87th Street

Rosh Hashanah,
Second Day
Friday | September 22
2 Tishrei
8:30 am Morning Service Morning Service Morning Service
9:45 am Torah Service Torah Service Torah Service
10:00 am Shofar Shofar Shofar
10:30 am Sermon Sermon Sermon

Erev Yom Kippur
Friday | September 29
10 Tishrei
6:15 pm Minha Minha Minha
6:30 pm Kol Nidrei Kol Nidrei Kol Nidrei

Yom Kippur
Saturday | September 30
10 Tishrei
8:45 am Morning Service Morning Service Morning Service
9:45 am Torah Service Torah Service Torah Service
10:45 am Sermon Sermon Sermon
1:30 pm Yizkor Yizkor Yizkor
2:30 pm Learning Learning Learning
Sanctuary, 87th Street
3:50 pm Minha Minha Minha
Sanctuary, 87th Street
5:10 pm Ne'ilah N/A N/A
5:30 pm N/A Ne'ilah Ne'ilah
7:00 pm Shofar Shofar Shofar
7:25 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

Dr. Julian Zelizer:  The State of Politics in 2017
2:30 pm | Sanctuary, 87th Street

Julian E. Zelizer is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941, Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a CNN Political Analyst, and a member of PAS. One of the nation’s most influential public intellectuals, Zelizer is the author and editor of numerous books, scholarly articles, and book chapters on US political history. His most recent book is The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society.
                                                                                                         

 

 

Youth Services

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

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

Park Avenue Synagogue offers services for families with school-age children to sit, pray, and sing together. PAS clergy will lead a service centered around families with children.  All ages are welcome, as are siblings, parents, and grandparents. Contact Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky at ewitkovsky@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x123 with questions.

All Family Services will take place at Brick Church, 1140 Park Avenue.

Rosh Hashanah, First Day
Thursday | September 21 ~ 1 Tishrei | 8:45 am

Yom Kippur
Saturday | September 30 ~ 10 Tishrei | 8:45 am
 

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Young Family Services (Newborn-Pre-K)

Young Family Services will be held on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings. 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 Darlington Hall, 2 East 90th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues).

Rosh Hashanah, First Day
Thursday |  September 21 ~ 1 Tishrei
9:30–10:15 am | newborn-30 months
11:30 am–12:15 pm | 31 months-Pre-K

Rosh Hashanah, Second Day
Friday | September 22 ~ 2 Tishrei
9:30–10:15 am | newborn-30 months
11:30 am –12:15 pm | 31 months-Pre-K

Yom Kippur
Saturday | September 30 ~ 10 Tishrei
9:30–10:15 am | newborn-30 months
11:30 am–12:15 pm | 31 months-Pre-K
6:30 pm | Young Family Ne’ilah Service | Chapel, 87th Street
 

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Grades K-7 Services and Matan Special Needs
Park Avenue Synagogue will provide tefillah (prayer), programs, and activities for all K-7 children of members. All K-7 and Matan special needs 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 Matan special needs programs will be held on both mornings.
Kol Nidrei: Tefillah and programs will be held for grades 5-7 and Matan special needs 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: Chapel
Pick-up: 408
 
Drop-off: Chapel
Pick-up: 405, 406, 408
6-7 Drop-off & Pick-up: Library Drop-off & Pick-up: 408 Drop-off: Chapel 
Pick-up: 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)

PLEASE NOTE: There has been a change in venue for Rosh Hashanah services on Thursday, September 22. Services will be held at the International Academy a 4 E 90th Street and not at the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center. All else remains the same.

Park Avenue Synagogue offers worship and learning opportunities for teens in grades 8-12. We are very excited to offer services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at our brand new Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center, located at 11 East 89th Street. Please be sure to note varying venue locations on the schedule. For planning purposes and to make our services as meaningful as possible registration is required. Contact Hallie Chandler at hchandler@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x147 for more information.
 

  Rosh Hashanah, First Day Rosh Hashanah, Second Day Erev Yom Kippur Yom Kippur
  Thursday | September 21 Friday | September 22 Friday | September 29 Saturday | September 30
10:00 am–
12:00 pm
International Academy, 4 East 90th Street
Breakfast, services, discussions, Rabbi's sermon
    Chapel, 89th Street
Services, Teen Rock Band, and discussions
11:00–11:50 pm   Rothschild Library, 87th Street
Discussion/
alternative program
   
11:50 am–
12:15 pm
  Rothschild Library, 87th Street
Teen oneg
   
12:00 pm 87th Street/
Fifth Avenue
Distribute grocery collection bags for Food Pantry
     
5:00 pm Central Park, Fifth Avenue and 90th Street
Taslich, Deeds and Donuts
     
6:00 pm     87th Street
Collect and fill grocery bags for Food Pantry
 
6:30–7:30 pm     Teen Kol Nidrei  

Food Pantry Distribution and Collection

Distribution of grocery bags on Rosh Hashanah for Food Pantry Collection will happen at both 87th Street and Fifth avenue.

Collection of grocery bags for Food Pantry will ONLY happen at 87th Street. Please bring your bags before services on Kol Nidrei.

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Inclusion on the High Holidays

Park Avenue Synagogue strives to be an inclusive community. We are interested in discussing with you any accommodations you might need to make your involvement at PAS more comfortable. If you have any questions please contact Rachel Benichak at 212-369-2600, x195 or rbenichak@pasyn.org. We offer Matan Special Needs programs and services on the High Holidays for children in grades K-12. We also provide large print mahzors and hearing assistance devices at the Sanctuary, Lower Level and Fifth Avenue Services. Please contact Rachel to reserve a large print mahzor.

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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.

Midtown Lunch and Learn: High Holiday Edition
Wednesday | September 6 and 13 | 12:30-1:30 pm
September 6 | Unetanah Tokef: The Seven Questions We Ask Ourselves | Rabbi Neil Zuckerman

The Unetanah Tokef prayer brings us face-to-face with our mortality. Join usto discuss critical questions of our lives.
September 13 | “It’s Raining Men:” The Vital Connection between Holiday Liturgy and Water | Rabbi Charlie Savenor
The holiday liturgy makes direct connections between life and death and the importance of water. Learn how selected prayers showcase biblical figures to teach this vital lesson. Space is limited.
Cost: Free/members; $36/general
Register here.

20s and 30s High Holiday Learning
Wednesday | September 6 | 7:30 pm

Prepare for the most important days of the year and get your mind and spirit in the right place. Join us for an evening of learning and discussion to prepare for the holidays.

Preparing our Hearts for the Days of Awe
Ethical Wills in the Jewish Tradition
Tuesday | September 12 |
7:00 pm | Lecture: Elizabeth Leiman Kraiem and Rabbi Neil Zuckerman

An ethical will is a way to share your values, life lessons, and blessings with your family and others. At a season when we confront questions of meaning and mortality, begin to craft your own ethical will
8:30 | CD Launch Party: Moments of Awe, Music of the High Holy Days | Cantor Azi Schwartz and Colin Fowler
Raise a glass with the music team, enjoy a light snack, and schmooze while listening to the latest release from our Music Center. Space is limited.
Cost: free/members; $36/general
Please RSVP.

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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 August 29. 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 contact Rachel Benichak at rbenichak@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x195 so that we can make the seats in those services available to other congregants.  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 $400 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 Streets). All guest tickets must be paid via credit card in advance of the High Holidays.  All tickets purchased will be non-refundable.

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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