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Yom Kippur

September 14, 2013 [5774]

Yom Kippur is a day to practice self-denial, which is executed through fasting, prayer and repentance. In preparation for Yom Kippur, it has become customary for Jews to seek forgiveness from friends and relatives they may have wronged throughout the year. Yom Kippur also is seen as a time to honor loved ones of blessed memory. At Temple Emanu-El, relatives of members of the congregation are memorialized by reading their names during the Yom Kippur memorial service.

Yom Kippur worship services are conducted simultaneously in the Main Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street) and in the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary (10 East 66th Street). Admission is by assigned ticket.



View Rabbi Davidson’s Kol Nidrei sermon »

View Rabbi Ehrlich’s Yom Kippur sermon »



At the Kol Nidrei service, Rabbi Joshua Davidson, Cantor Lori Corrsin, Dr. Ronald Sobel, Rabbinic Intern Alexis Pinsky and Cantorial Soloist Steven Fox will officiate in the Main Sanctuary; Rabbi Amy Ehrlich, Rabbi Benjamin Zeidman, Dr. David Posner and Cantorial Intern Richard Newman will officiate in the Lowenstein Sanctuary.

At Yom Kippur morning services, Rabbi Davidson, Cantor Corrsin, Dr. Sobel and Alexis Pinsky will officiate in the Lowenstein Sanctuary; Rabbis Ehrlich and Zeidman, Dr. Posner and Richard Newman will officiate in the Main Sanctuary.

Rabbi Davidson, Cantor Corrsin and Alexis Pinsky will officiate in the Main Sanctuary at the afternoon / memorial / concluding service; Rabbi Ehrlich, Rabbi Zeidman and Richard Newman will officiate in the Lowenstein Sanctuary. Admission to Yom Kippur services is by assigned ticket only.

Worship services from the Main Sanctuary 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.

Once again, after the Yom Kippur morning service, we will offer multiple sessions led by scholars of the Temple in which we can learn, study and reflect. Participation is open to all Temple members and their guests.

Watch Rabbi Davidson’s brief video message
in preparation for Yom Kippur »


View the list of Yom Kippur study sessions »

View our Family Activities for the High Holy Days »


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