September 5, 2013 
Rosh Hashanah is both a joyous time and a period of serious religious reflection. One of the common customs of Rosh Hashanah is to eat apples dipped in honey and to wish others a “sweet” New Year. The preeminent symbol, however, is that of blowing the shofar — a “trumpet” generally made from the horn of a ram (because of its association to the binding of Isaac, the Torah portion read for Rosh Hashanah). The shofar also should be bent or curved in a shape to symbolize the bent and humbled spirit appropriate on Rosh Hashanah.
Rosh Hashanah worship services are conducted simultaneously in the Main Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street) and in the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary (10 East 66th Street). On the Eve of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Joshua Davidson, Cantor Lori Corrsin, Dr. David Posner, Rabbinic Intern Alexis Pinsky and Cantorial Soloist Steven Fox will officiate in the Main Sanctuary; Rabbi Amy Ehrlich, Rabbi Benjamin Zeidman, Dr. Ronald Sobel and Cantorial Intern Richard Newman will officiate in the Lowenstein Sanctuary.
At the morning service, Rabbis Ehrlich and Zeidman, Dr. Sobel and Richard Newman will officiate in the Main Sanctuary; Rabbi Davidson, Cantor Corrsin, Dr. Posner and Alexis Pinsky will officiate in the Lowenstein Sanctuary. Admission is by assigned ticket only.
View Rabbi Davidson’s Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon »
View Rabbi Ehrlich’s Rosh Hashanah sermon »
Services from the Main Sanctuary (Rosh Hashanah eve and day) may be heard via live audio stream on the Emanu-El website, through the Emanu-El audio player after completion of the live service, or as podcasts. (MP3 files are available for one week after the service.)
College students, both Temple members and nonmembers, who do not already have seats are invited to join us for High Holy Day Services in the Lowenstein Sanctuary. Simply present a current college ID at the Beth-El Chapel entrance on Fifth Avenue on the day of the service, and you will be given an entrance ticket for that service. The Beth-El entrance is open 30 minutes before each service.
View Rabbi Joshua Davidson’s video messages for the High Holy Days and Rosh Hashanah »
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