Holidays at PAS


Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and Festivals

On Friday, May 20, 2016, Park Avenue Synagogue dedicated a new siddur which will serve the needs of the coming generation of the congregation: Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and Festivals. Like the High Holiday prayer book Mahzor Lev Shalem introduced last year, the siddur features new translations, commentaries, and transliterations. Click here to see a sample page of the new siddur.

Celebrate a simcha or honor the memory of a loved one by dedicating one or more copies of Siddur Lev Shalem. Click here to learn how to have your donation acknowledged with a bookplate. In the dropdown menu, select "Shabbat Prayer Book (Lev Shalem)."

To purchase a copy of Siddur Lev Shalem for yourself or as a gift, please click here to order through the Rabbinical Assembly.
 

Welcome to a Year of Holiday Celebrations

For a schedule of services, click in the list on the right. For Holiday Resource Guides, look to the left.

Note: Park Avenue Synagogue services are live streamed through this website. By participating on the bimah, you are consenting to your image appearing on the live stream. Go to the live stream page.
 

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

We hold services for adults in the Sanctuary, in the lower level at 87th Street & Madison Avenue, and also at Fifth Avenue & 90th Street. Seats are available for members and their guests, by ticket only.

There are also High Holiday services for families and children of all ages. Families who have a child from age zero to six will receive a ticket to family services in the the mail in addition to regular High Holiday tickets.
Blessings for Rosh Hashanah Evening
Blessings for Yom Kippur Evening
 

Sukkot

Celebrate with us in the spacious Ritter Sukkah on the synagogue roof! In addition to kiddush after festival services, there are congregational dinners, cocktail parties, brunches and activities for young children.
Blessings for Sukkot

 

Shemini Atzeret

We gather for the final days of the fall festival season and recite the Yizkor service. Hear Cantor Schwartz chant Geshem, the prayer for rain, at the beginning of the musaf service.

 

Simhat Torah

In the evening we celebrate the Torah with lively music. Everyone gets a candy apple on the way out!

The next morning, we end the annual cycle of Torah reading and begin it again, honoring two congregants as Hatan Torah and Kallat B’reishit.

Tishrei Holiday Guide

 

Hanukkah

In honor of Hanukkah there are parties, art projects, concerts, and activities for congregants of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. When Congregational School is in session, there is a community candle lighting in the lobby at dismissal time.

 

Tu BiShvat

Tu BiShvat finds us eating fruit, learning about the produce of the Land of Israel, and focusing on sustainability and responsibility to the environment. The Shabbat closest to Tu BiShvat is always Shabbat Shirah, “the Sabbath of Song.” Our cantors prepare special musical services for that Shabbat morning. 
 

Purim

In addition to a full megillah reading for older children, teens and adults, Purim at PAS includes a phenomenal Purim spiel, a mini-megillah reading for young children, and a Purim carnival for families. There are costumes, noisemakers, hamantashen and silliness for all.
 

Pesah

Before Pesah, we prepare with learning opportunities for adults and families and with our Seder Pop-up Shop, which offers a variety of children's books, afikoman gifts and frogs. On the first two nights of Pesah there are congregational seder celebrations at the synagogue. A Shabbat during or near Pesah is “Food Pantry Shabbat,” when we honor the teens who run our Food Pantry.
Pesah Resources

 

Yom HaShoah

We commemorate Yom HaShoah with a commemoration in the Sanctuary.

 

Yom HaAtzma’ut

Our celebration together with the Jewish National Fund and other Upper East Side congregations includes a reading of the Israeli Declaration of Independence.

 

Shavuot

In the evening on erev Shavuot, there is a Tikkun Leil Shavuot learning event for adults, and in the morning, festival services for adults and for families.

 

Tisha B’Av

Between ma’ariv and the chanting of Eikhah, the Book of Lamentations, we have a study session on the themes or the liturgy of the day.

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