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High Holidays 5783-2022

As we read in the Book of Samuel on Rosh Hashanah, Hannah prayed from her heart. At FTJC we too strive to pray with Hannah's intensity and hope on the High Holidays. Together we can create a deep and joyful experience of realigning our lives and our relationships, to help us become the people we aspire to be. All ages celebrate together, with children and youth programming that includes services, activities, and childcare.

How to Join Us for the High Holidays

Our High Holiday services are open to all, and all are welcome.

This year we will conduct in-person, indoor services for all of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the Hebrew Tabernacle's Social Hall. To avoid overcrowding during the pandemic, we will add another, simultaneous service for our two most well-attended services of Yom Kippur (Kol Nidrei and Minchah-Ne'ilah), in the Fort Washington Collegiate Church's Fellowship Hall.

Registration is required here for Yom Kippur's Kol Nidrei and Minchah-Ne'ilah services, so that we can allocate attendance between our two sites. Please register by Friday Sept 23, 5:00 PM. All children's programming and childcare will take place at Hebrew Tabernacle, although the church location has a nursery room available for those with infants. The Kol Nidrei service at Fort Washington Collegiate Church will be led by Rabbi Guy Austrian (and he will be at Hebrew Tabernacle on Yom Kippur morning.) The Kol Nidrei service at Hebrew Tabernacle will be led by our incoming rabbinical student intern Amalya Volz.

Our Covid-19 guidelines are described in full here. We will be using our "High"-level mitigation strategies for the High Holidays. All attendees are expected to be fully vaccinated and boosted as eligible. Children from 6 months to 4 years old should have had at least one vaccine dose before attending. Adults must wear verified N95/KN95/KF94 masks, either brought from home, or provided at the entrance; children may wear any well-fitting masks. Thank you for your partnership as we safeguard the health of our community.

Kol Nidrei itself will be viewable live on Zoom until sunset. The Zoom link will be shared in FTJC's internal communications or by e-mailing  

If you’re a member, as in prior years, High Holiday attendance is included with your membership. Please renew your membership here.

Ready to become a new member? Inquire about membership here! 

If you are not yet a member and aren't ready to become one, that's OK too! However, you must pre-register here. For Yom Kippur, you must register your site preference for Yom Kippur herePlease register by Friday Sept 23, 5:00 PM.  We also ask non-members to make a donation when registering, if you can. We depend primarily on community support for our programming, including High Holiday services, and we thank you in advance for your generosity. Our standard recommended donation is $180 per person, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to discuss an alternative payment arrangement, please e-mail

Members who wish to bring guests are welcome to do so by pre-registering them as part of your household and making an additional donation, as described for non-members above, on our donation page.

Elul Programming

The month of Elul helps us enter the atmosphere of the holidays and do our spiritual work and personal education. Elul can show the way to a powerful experience of this year's High Holidays.

Visit our Elul page to find out about Selichot, Outdoor Singing Circles, Jewish learning sessions on Zoom, and more.

Resources for the High Holidays
Video Recordings of High Holiday Highlights
Enjoy moving and joyful highlights recorded by beloved FTJC prayer leaders, plus Torah readings from the scroll, and shofar! All videos are posted here.
Zera'im (0-3 yrs)
Nitzanim (PreK-2nd) and Shorashim (3rd-5th)
Anafim (6th-8th)
Rosh Hashana Family Movie Night
We have created a discussion guide for the movie Groundhog Day and how it relates to Elul themes of teshuvah (return or repentance). The movie can be found on many streaming platforms. Groundhog Day is rated PG, and you can find a synopsis here to make sure this movie feels appropriate for your family to watch together. You can find the discussion guide here.


Outdoors in Community
Elul Outdoor Singing Circles
Saturdays in September
One hour before Minchah prayers

Sept 3, 6:10 PM
Sept 10, 5:55 PM
Sept 17, 5:45 PM
Sept 24, 5:30 PM
Bennett Park, SE Corner

Join FTJC prayer leaders and community members for 45 minutes to sit, sing, and settle into this time of reflection. We'll be using nigunim (wordless melodies) and piyutim (liturgical poetry) from Elul and the High Holidays to enter the season and become more familiar with some of the holiday music. Also a great opportunity to see each other and be in community outdoors. Weather permitting; there are park benches, but lawn chairs and picnic blankets are also encouraged.

Shofar in Bennett Park
Monday, September 26
3:00 PM

Shofar will be sounded for the community at large by members of FTJC, the Beis Community, and the Hebrew Tabernacle. Thirty blasts to fulfill your mitzvah to hear shofar on Rosh Hashanah. RAIN DATE: Tuesday, September 27, 3:00 PM

Tashlich at the Little Red Lighthouse
Monday, September 26
4:00 PM

FTJC and our neighbors at the Beis Community will meet at the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge at the edge of the Hudson River. Please bring your own bread and some for others! RAIN DATE: Tuesday, September 27, 4:00 PM.


Kol Nidrei Food Drive

FTJC will be collecting food donations for the Community Fridge, and financial donations for the food pantry at the Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights-Inwood. Bins will be available at Kol Nidrei (and all of Yom Kippur) for nutritious and non-perishable food items, that we will deliver to the Community Fridge on 181st Street after the holiday. Grab an extra can or box from your pantry shelves or add something to your shopping cart. Financial donations to the JCC-WHI may be made here. As we prepare for the fast day of Yom Kippur, let's remember to help those who struggle to put food on their plates. Thank you for participating in this important mitzvah


Schedule of Prayer Services 

The Hebrew Tabernacle is located at 551 Fort Washington Avenue at West 185th Street--enter on Fort Washington Ave; all services and all children's programming will take place there. In addition, for Yom Kippur Kol Nidrei and Minchah-Ne'ilah, an additional service will be held at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 West 181st Street, enter at corner of 181st St and Fort Washington Ave. All locations have some wheelchair accessibility; to discuss accessibility needs, please contact

Selichot Saturday September 17 11:30 PM HT
Rosh Hashanah – Minchah/Ma'ariv Sunday September 25 6:30 PM HT
Rosh Hashanah – Shacharit/Musaf Monday September 26 8:30 AM HT
Shofar in the Park Monday September 26 3:00 PM Bennett Park
Tashlich Monday September 26 4:00 PM Little Red Lighthouse
Rosh Hashanah – Minchah/Ma'ariv (Learning session in between) Monday September 26 6:30 PM HT
Rosh Hashanah – Shacharit/Musaf Tuesday September 27 8:30 AM  HT
Rosh Hashanah - Minchah/Ma'ariv (Learning session in between) Tuesday September 27 6:30 PM HT
Shabbat Shuva – Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv Friday September 30 6:25 PM HT
Shabbat Shuva – Shacharit/Musaf Saturday October 1 9:00 AM HT
Shabbat Shuva – Minchah/Ma'ariv Saturday October 1 6:20 PM HT
Yom Kippur – Kol Nidrei/Ma'ariv Tuesday October 4 Seating at 5:30 PM; Service begins at 6:00 PM HT, FWCC
Yom Kippur – Shacharit/Musaf (with Yizkor) Wednesday October 5 8:00 AM HT
Yom Kippur – Minchah Wednesday October 5 4:15 PM HT, FWCC
Yom Kippur – Ne'ilah Wednesday October 5 5:45 PM;
Fast ends at 7:13 PM
Yom Kippur- Ma'ariv Wednesday October 5 7:15 PM HT, FWCC


Rimonim: FTJC's Family Learning Community

Children love the holidays, and we love children. We will be offering engaging programs and prayer services throughout the High Holidays, for a wide range of age groups from infants to teens. Programs will be led by a combination of our educators, parent leaders, and lay volunteers.

All youth programming will be indoors at Hebrew Tabernacle with the exception of Anafim (6th-9th grade), as they will meet once during each day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Bennett Park with a program leader.

The full schedule for childcare and programming can be viewed here.

Childcare is available at Hebrew Tabernacle for children ages 6 months to 5th grade, during the morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as for the Yom Kippur evening services of Mincha/Ne’ilah/Ma’ariv. ((Although the church location has a nursery room available for those with infants who need a break during our Yom Kippur evening services).

Childcare Registration: In order to ensure an appropriate child-to-babysitter ratio, pre-registration and pre-payment is required for all families who plan to utilize child careThe deadline to sign up for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur childcare is Sunday, September 11th, at 11:59 PM.

Please feel free to contact Diya Moushahwar, our Director of Youth & Family Learning, with any questions. 

Good to Know for Your Access, Comfort, and Participation:

  • Hebrew Tabernacle: For FTJC services, please enter and leave via the Fort Washington Avenue entrance of the building. (Hebrew Tabernacle services enter on 185th Street.) There is a low ramp from the sidewalk, and a more steeply inclined ramp to the Main Service level. Men’s room is in the classroom hallway behind the Social Hall (up three stairs or a small ramp); women’s room is near the entrance (no stairs); a single-user all-gender bathroom is on the 2nd floor (one flight of stairs up, by the entrance). The library will be available as a quiet calming room (via double doors on south side of the Social Hall). The kitchen can be a place to discreetly eat or drink if you are unable to or should not fast on Yom Kippur due to medical conditions, eating disorders, or other factors. If you have questions about fasting, please contact Rabbi Guy Austrian. As of late August, we are still waiting for installation of the new air conditioning system at HT; we are hopeful that it will be in place in time for the holidays but cannot guarantee it. Please watch this space for updates. 
  • Fort Washington Collegiate Church: Services will take place in the Fellowship Hall. Please enter via the gates on the corner of Fort Washington Ave and 181st St., then pass through the glass pavilion. Men's and women's restrooms, one level below, are accessible by stairs or elevator. A single-user all-gender bathroom is to the left of the Fellowship Hall. The nursery will be available for those with infants when a break is needed, also to the left of the Fellowship Hall. The glass pavilion may be used as a quiet calming space, or as a place to discreetly eat or drink if you are unable to or should not fast on Yom Kippur due to medical conditions, eating disorders, or other factors. If you have questions about fasting, please contact Rabbi Guy Austrian.

  • Greeters will be near the entry to help you find anything.
  • A booklet will be available with service times, service outlines, alternative readings, and more.
  • Feel free to bring a cushion if it will help you sit for long periods.
  • Feel free to bring a book or other reading to help you enter the spirit of reflection and teshuvah of the holidays.
  • Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding are welcome, with discretion and consideration. Other kids’ snacks should not be in the Main Service, please.
  • Children's services and learning will be in many different rooms at Hebrew Tabernacle, please check the signs and schedules all around, and please ask if you need help finding a room.
  • Children must be supervised by grownups at all times--either family, childcare staff, or program leaders--due to the high volume of people and programming. Please explain this to your children in advance. Thank you.
Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783