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High Holidays 5779-2018

As we read in the Book of Samuel on Rosh Hashanah, Hannah prayed with all of her heart. We will be praying with this intensity and hope that you will join us. Together we are creating a deep and joyful experience of realigning our lives and our relationships to help us become the people we aspire to be. We’ll also be offering more for children and families than ever before!

How to Join Us for the High Holidays

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

If you’re a member, as in prior years, High Holiday attendance is included with your membership. New members can join here and existing members can renew their membership here. Please note: this year we will not be printing paper entrance cards; your name will be on a list with the greeters at the door.

If you are not yet a member and don't feel ready to become one, that's OK too!  However, we strongly encourage you to pre-register here by Thursday September 6 at 11:59 PM to ensure that we have your name on the registration list and can seat you on time for the start of services. Those who arrive without having registered may be asked to wait until after services begin, and will be admitted only if space remains.

We also ask that non-members make a donation if you plan to join us for the High Holidays. 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. 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 additional guests are welcome to do so by pre-registering them and making an additional donation, as described for non-members above. Additional guests may be registered here.


Children’s Services, Programming and Childcare

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 teenagers.

Childcare is available for children ages 6 months to 5th grade. Childcare will be available on site, for children from 6 months old through 5th grade, during the morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as for the Yom Kippur evening services of Kol Nidre and Mincha/Ne’ilah/Ma’ariv. To ensure an appropriate child-to-babysitter ratio, we require that families pre-register and pre-pay for childcare by filling out this form.

The deadline to sign up for Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur childcare is Monday, August 27 at 11:59 PM.  Please note that registration is required only for childcare. Children’s services and programming are available at no additional cost to families who are members or who have pre-registered as non-members. Following registration for childcare, you will receive additional information about the day and what to bring.

The schedule posted below identifies the non-childcare children's programming, which consists of age-appropriate services, activities, story time, snacks, outdoor time, etc.

  Zera'im (0-PreK) Nitzanim (PreK-2nd) Shorashim (3rd-5th) Anafim (6th-8th) Teens (9th-12th)
Rosh Hashanah Day 1

  Program:  11-11:30

Tefillah: 11:30-12

 Program: 12-12:30

Tefillah:     11:00-11:45

    Program:     11:45-12:15

Program:  12:15-12:45

  Program:    11-11:45

 Tefillah:  11:45-12:30

Program: 11:45-12:30

Program: 12:30-1:15

Rosh Hashanah Day 2

 Program: 11-11:30


Tefillah: 11:30-12:15

Program:       11-11:45

Tefillah:          12-12:45

Tefillah:     11-11:45

Program:  12-12:45


 Program:   10:00-10:30



  Program:  10:00-10:30


Yom Kippur

Tefillah: 10:30-11:15

Program: 11:30-12

Tefillah:     10:45-11:30

Program:  11:45-12:30

Program: 10:45-11:30

Tefillah: 11:45-12:30

  Program: 11:30-12:15

  Program:   10-10:45


If you have any questions relating to children and families on the High Holidays, please email Mira Kessler, FTJC’s Youth & Family Educator & Community Organizer. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Schedule of Prayer Services

All services will be held at FTJC’s current rental home at the Hebrew Tabernacle, 551 Fort Washington Avenue at West 185th Street, unless otherwise noted. Please enter for all services via the door on Fort Washington Avenue. To discuss accessibility needs, please contact

Selichot: Location TBD Saturday, September 1 11:30 PM
Rosh Hashanah – Minchah/Ma'ariv Sunday, September 9 7:00 PM
Rosh Hashanah – Shacharit Monday, September 10 8:30 AM
Tashlich (by the river; see below) Monday, September 10* 4:00 PM
Rosh Hashanah – Minchah/Ma'ariv (Learning session between Minchah and Ma'ariv) Monday, September 10 7:00 PM
Rosh Hashanah – Shacharit Tuesday, September 11 8:30 AM
Rosh Hashanah - Minchah/Ma'ariv (Learning session in between Minchah and Ma'ariv) Tuesday, September 11 7:00 PM
Shabbat Shuva – Minchah/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv Friday, September 14 6:55 PM
Shabbat Shuva – Shacharit Saturday, September 15 9:00 AM
Shabbat Shuva – Minchah/Ma'ariv Saturday, September 15 6:35 PM
Yom Kippur – Kol Nidrei Tuesday, September 18 6:20 PM promptly; Please arrive by 6:00 PM
Yom Kippur – Shacharit Wednesday, September 19 8:30 AM
Yom Kippur – Minchah Wednesday, September 19 4:40 PM
Yom Kippur – Ne’ilah Wednesday, September 19 6:10 PM
Fast ends 7:39 PM
Light break-fast to follow; see details below


Join us at the Little Red Lighthouse at 4:00 PM on Monday September 10, as we dissolve our regrets and shortcomings in the flow of the Hudson River. This ritual is kid-friendly and grownup-moving. To walk with others, meet at 3:30 PM in front of Hebrew Tabernacle, or 3:45 PM by the footbridge (1380 Riverside). Please bring your own bread and some for others! Bring snacks and games if you’d like to hang out and picnic on the grass afterwards. If the weather is rainy on Monday September 10, then Tashlich will be held on Tuesday September 11 at the same time.

Immediately following Ne’ilah, join the FTJC community for a light break-fast. Enjoy a little nosh to tide you over until you head home, or maybe to a friend’s place, to continue breaking the fast.

Thu, August 16 2018 5 Elul 5778