High Holidays 2019/5780


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 Liz Offenbach, Associate Executive Director, at loffenbach@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x142. 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
Tickets & Seating
Selihot Learning
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
Yizkor (Book of Remembrance)
FAQ 

 

Calendar of Holidays

Selihot – Saturday evening | September 21
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday | September 29
Rosh Hashanah, First Day – Monday | September 30
Rosh Hashanah, Second Day – Tuesday | October 1
Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidrei – Tuesday | October 8
Yom Kippur – Wednesday | October 9
Sukkot – Sunday, October 13 – Sunday, October 20
Shemini Atzeret – Monday | October 21
Simhat Torah – Tuesday | October 22

Venues

Community Services
Park Avenue Synagogue will hold High Holiday services in three main locations. In addition to the Sanctuary located at 50 East 87th Street, we will also hold services in the Lower Level at 50 East 87th Street, and at the Church of the Heavenly Rest located at Fifth Avenue and 90th Street. PAS clergy will rotate to lead services in all three venues over the course of the High Holidays.

Family Services
The Family Services will take place in the third floor chapel at 50 East 87th Street. 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 Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center located at 11 E. 89th Street and at 50 East 87th Street. Teen services will be also be held at 50 East 87th Street.

Schedule of Services

Selihot Night
Saturday | September 21 | PAS@89th
8:00 pm | Learning with Steven Philp
9:00 pm | Havdalah and Selihot Service

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday | September 29 ~ 1 Tishrei | PAS@87th
6:00 pm | Minha/Ma’ariv
Tickets are not required

    Sanctuary Lower Level 5th Avenue
Rosh Hashanah,
First Day
Monday | September 30
1 Tishrei
8:30 am Morning Service Morning Service Morning Service
10:00 am Shofar Shofar Shofar
10:45 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
Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center

Rosh Hashanah,
Second Day
Tuesday | October 1
2 Tishrei
8:30 am Morning Service Morning Service Morning Service
10:00 am Shofar Shofar Shofar
10:45 am Sermon Sermon Sermon

Erev Yom Kippur
Tuesday | October 8
10 Tishrei
6:10 pm Minha Minha Minha
6:30 pm Kol Nidrei Kol Nidrei Kol Nidrei

Yom Kippur
Wednesday | October 9
10 Tishrei
8:45 am Morning Service Morning Service Morning Service
10:45 am Sermon Sermon Sermon
1:30 pm Yizkor Yizkor Yizkor
2:45 pm Learning Learning Learning
Sanctuary, 87th Street
3:45 pm Minha Minha Minha
Sanctuary, 87th Street
5:15 pm Ne'ilah N/A N/A
5:45 pm N/A Ne'ilah Ne'ilah
7:06 pm Shofar Shofar Shofar
7:15 pm Ma'ariv Ma'ariv Ma'ariv

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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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 (50 East 87th Street).

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

  • Aleph member tickets for unreserved seats at Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue and 90th Street)

  • Aleph reserved member tickets for reserved seats at Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue and 90th Street)

  • Guest tickets for services at Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue and 90th Street)

  • Reciprocal tickets for services at Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue and 90th Street)

All tickets will arrive in member homes the week of September 16. If you have any questions about tickets, or ticket reservations, please email Beryl Chernov, Executive Director, at bchernov@pasyn.org or at 212-369-2600, x111.

Will Call
If you do not receive your tickets in the mail, please contact Liz Offenbach, Associate Executive Director, at loffenbach@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x142. We encourage you to pick up any guest tickets in advance of the High Holidays. Will call tickets will only be available for members in good standing at each service location.

Beginning September 16, members who make payments between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm can expect their released tickets waiting for them at the 87th Street reception desk for same day pick up at 5 pm until the building’s closure. If payment is received after 2:00 pm, tickets will be available the following day. The last day to process membership payments and collect released High Holiday tickets will be on Tuesday, September 24.

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 Beryl Chernov, Executive Director, at bchernov@pasyn.org or at 212-369-2600, x111 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. Seating is very limited, so we ask that you reserve guest tickets only for close family members. Each household may request up to two (2) guest tickets.

Guest tickets cost $500 per ticket and may be used for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Guests will be seated at our Fifth Avenue Service (Fifth Avenue and 90th Street). All guest tickets must be paid via credit card in advance of the High Holidays.  All tickets purchased will be non-refundable.

If you need guest tickets for close family members, please fill out this form.

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. Please note reciprocal ticket quantities are limited.

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.

Livestreaming

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.

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Selihot Learning

This Too is Holy: Bringing Your Full Self to Selihot
Sat | Sep 21 | 8:00 pm | PAS@89th
Rabbi Philp

Welcome Rabbi Philp to PAS and learn with him as we anticipate the Days of Awe. During this season, we reflect on past errors and commit to becoming our best selves in the new year. But what about parts of ourselves that are difficult to piece back together or wounds that need more time to heal? Explore what Judaism teaches about our rough edges and consider what this tells us about the process of teshuvah.

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Yom Kippur Learning

The State of Our World: Dr. Richard Haass in conversation with Rabbi Cosgrove
Wed | Oct 9 | approx. 2:45 pm | PAS@87th

Dr. Richard Haass will share his insights on current global issues, and how we can better understand and relate to them. Dr. Haass, a member of PAS, is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author or editor of thirteen books on American foreign policy and one book on management. His latest book is A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.

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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 and 90th Street 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 to sit, pray, and sing together. PAS clergy will lead a service centered around families with children in grades K–7.  Siblings, parents, and grandparents are welcome. Please contact Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky at ewitkovsky@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x123 with questions.

All Family Services will take place at 50 East 87th Street in the third floor chapel.

Rosh Hashanah, First Day Yom Kippur
Monday, September 30 Wednesday, October 9
8:45-9:45 am | 50 East 87th Street 8:45-9:45 am | 50 East 87th Street

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Young Family Services (Newborn-Pre-K)

Young Family Services will be held on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings for children ages newborn through Pre-K and their caregivers. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to the 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.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services will take place at Darlington, 2 East 90th Street. Ne’ilah will take place in the third floor chapel at 50 East 87th Street.

Rosh Hashanah, First Day Rosh Hashanah, Second Day Yom Kippur
Monday, September 30 Tuesday, October 1 Wednesday, October 9
9:30-10:15 am | Newborn-30 months 9:30-10:15 am | Newborn-30 months 9:30-10:15 am | Newborn-30 months
11:30 am-12:15 pm | 31 months- Pre-K 11:30 am-12:15 pm | 31 months- Pre-K 11:30 am-12:15 pm | 31 months- Pre-K
    6:45 pm | Ne’ilah Service
Chapel, 50 East 87th Street

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Grades K-7 Services and Matan Special Needs

Park Avenue Synagogue provides tefillah (prayer), programs, and activities for all K-7 children of members. NO RSVP is needed. All K-7 and Matan special needs services and programs are drop-off programs; children attend without their parents. Please contact Jennifer Stern Granowitz at jgranowitz@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x132 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 the afternoon/evening.

In addition to receiving youth tickets, you will also receive a mailing with optional bracelets for your child(ren) to wear each day of the holiday. You may write your full name and cell phone number directly on the bracelet. If you do not carry a cell phone on the holiday, we will still be able to locate you at your service location.

The bracelet will help us locate you in the event we need to reach you quickly during services. For example, if your child does not feel well, we would use the phone number on the bracelet to call you. Your child’s health and safety is our number one priority.

The bracelet is in addition to your child(ren)’s yellow ticket(s) that are required for all Youth Services.

Once children are dropped off at youth programming, they will not be allowed to leave alone. If you have an older child who can walk home alone, you must send them with written permission.

Services will take place at the Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center, 11 E. 89th Street, and at 50 E. 87th Street.
 

Grade Rosh Hashanah, First Day
Monday, September 30
Rosh Hashanah, Second Day
Tuesday, October 1
Kol Nidrei
Tuesday, October 8
Yom Kippur Morning
Wednesday, October 9
  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–2 PAS@87th  No Programming PAS@87th  PAS@87th 
3–4 PAS@89th  PAS@89th St. No Programming PAS@89th 
5–6 PAS@89th  PAS@89th  PAS@87th  PAS@89th 
7 PAS@87th  PAS@87th  PAS@87th  PAS@87th 
Matan
(special needs)
PAS@87th  PAS@87th  PAS@87th  PAS@87th 

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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. Following the conclusion of the Teen Services and Programming, teens are responsible for their continued participation in the High Holidays. Contact Niki Fleishman at nfleishman@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x147 for more information.

Teen Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services will take place at 4 E. 90th Street. Teens will join with our Fifth Avenue Service on Fifth Avenue at 90th Street for Kol Nidrei.
Register for teen services by filling out this form

Rosh Hashanah, First Day
Monday, September 30
Rosh Hashanah, Second Day
Tuesday, October 1
Kol Nidrei
Tuesday, October 8
Yom Kippur Morning
Wednesday, October 9
10:15–11:30am
4 E. 90th St. Gym
10:30–11:30am
4 E. 90th St. Gym
 
6:30 pm
Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue and 90th Street) 
10:30-11:30 am
4 E. 90th St. Gym
5:00 pm
Central Park, Fifth Avenue and 90th
Community Tashlich
     

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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 Rabbi Zuckerman at 212-369-2600, x121 or nzuckerman@pasyn.org.

We offer Matan Special Needs programs and services on the High Holidays for children in grades K-12. We also provide magnifiers and hearing assistance devices.

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Learning in Elul

Midtown Lunch and Learn
Preparing for the High Holidays
Wed | Sept 11, 18, 25 | 12:30—1:30 pm | RSVP for location
Rabbi Philp, Rabbi Savenor, Rabbi Zuckerman

Bring your lunch and engage in study and lively discussion of texts and practices that relate to the yamim nora’im, the Days of Awe.
Cost: Free/members; $18/general
Register today

Parashah and Pizza: Elul Edition – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Wed | Sept 18 | 7:00 study, pizza; 7:15 pm; study | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Savenor

Learn about the holiday of Sukkot, focusing on the Sukkah as an impermanent structure that teaches us about timeless and eternal values.
Cost: Free
Register today

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Yizkor (Book of Remembrance)

Each year Park Avenue Synagogue publishes The Book of Remembrance, which lists the names of departed loved ones. The book is used on Yom Kippur at Yizkor, the memorial service, and again when Yizkor is said on Shemini Atzeret, Pesach, and Shavuot. Information about listing loved ones’ names in the annual Yizkor book is available in June for the following Yom Kippur.

The deadline for listings in the 5780 Book of Remembrance is August 23, 2019. Please contact the Development Office at development@pasyn.org for more information.

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