High Holy Days Guide
Where Warmth and Majesty Meet
NEW: Prayers for the Days of Awe – Temple Emanu-El’s new machzor.
Use the download and view links available on this page to follow along on our livestream. High Holy Day services will be streamed at emanuelnyc.org/broadcast and on our Facebook page. You can find a list of services and times by clicking here.
RETURN YOUR RENEWAL FORM
Special notices about reserving seats for the High Holy Days are sent with members’ annual dues statements, which are mailed in June each year (the start of our fiscal year). Renewal of reserved seating is automatic, BUT we ask that you return the renewal form included with your annual dues statement to confirm seats, release seats or make any other necessary changes. This ensures that we can accommodate new members as well as others who wish to update their accounts.
TICKETS ARE REQUIRED
Tickets for both reserved-seating and open-seating services during the High Holy Days will be required without exception for individuals and families. If you should lose your tickets in advance of a service, then please contact our Membership Office, and we will issue replacements. Membership staff will be on-site during High Holy Days services to assist members who have misplaced tickets.
MEMBERSHIP AT EMANU-EL
Persons wishing to become members of Temple Emanu-El and obtain seats for the High Holy Days first must complete a Temple Membership Application and Seating Preference Form. Current temple members must RENEW their temple affiliation. Each member with a seating reservation will receive a set of tickets for all services. Members who are not planning to use their assigned seats during the High Holy Days are asked to release their seats so that we can make the seats at those specific services available to guests from other Reform congregations or guests of Emanu-El congregants and their families.
As a member, your annual membership contribution is determined in part by the number of seats you require for the High Holy Days and their specific location, subject to availability. Pew Plans for both the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary and the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary are available to help you complete the Seating Preference Form. Please note, we cannot guarantee that a requested seating assignment will be available on receipt of your application. However, if we are unable to provide seating in the section requested, your name will be placed on a waiting list, and temporary seating will be provided for you until your preferred seating becomes available. Please be assured that we always will have room for you and your family members in one of the congregation’s two sanctuaries.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE
This year, all will come together with the full clergy in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary for Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur afternoon services, including the solemn Yizkor Memorial Service and inspirational N’Ilah Concluding Service. If your seats are in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary, please confirm your attendance for Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur afternoon services and your seats will be honored; if you do not plan to attend either of those services, we ask that you let us know so those seats can be reassigned. If your seats are in the Lowenstein Sanctuary, please confirm whether you plan to attend these services so tickets can be issued to you in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary. To best serve all who plan to attend, we ask that you inform us of your plans by returning the membership renewal form that arrived with your billing statement and which is available online, or by calling (212) 507-9514.
For members with children between 2 and 5 years of age, we will be offering childcare for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services. This amenity is complimentary, but space is limited. Parents must register by 5 PM on September 16. If you register and your needs should change, then please notify the Membership Office so we may reach out to those on the waiting list. Complete our online registration »
Guest tickets are available for out-of-town visitors who will be joining you for the High Holy Days. To make your request, please contact the Membership Office at 212-507-9514 or no later than Wednesday, September 25 for Rosh Hashanah services or Friday, October 4 for Yom Kippur services. There is a $150 processing fee per guest, per holiday. As always, we will accommodate your guests with the best seats available, as close to you as possible.
In addition to our formal High Holy Day services in the Fifth Avenue and Leon Lowenstein sanctuaries, Temple Emanu-El offers open seating at several other services appropriate for adults and children alike. Tickets are available at no extra charge for temple members.
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 (10 East 66th Street). Students must present a current college ID on the day of the service to enter.
We also host community worship services, open to the public in I.M. Wise Hall (One East 65th Street), that feature livestreamed video from the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary services. No tickets needed.
All questions regarding seating and tickets should be directed to the .
Members: tickets for the High Holy Days 5780 will be mailed by September 10, 2019, to temple members with reserved seats. The following services have reserved seating:
- Rosh Hashanah Evening (combined)
- Rosh Hashanah Morning
- Kol Nidrei Evening Service
- Yom Kippur Morning Service
- Yom Kippur Afternoon, Memorial, and N’ilah Services
Tickets for our open-seating services are sent automatically to all temple families with children under the age of 18. Occurring on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the following services have open seating:
- Shir Chadash
- Pre-Readers Service
- Teen Worship Service
- Family Worship Service
Seating for Visitors
If you are affiliated with another temple and wish to attend services at Temple Emanu-El, then please call your home temple and ask them to forward a Reciprocal Seating Request Form to us. Reciprocal tickets to attend services at Temple Emanu-El are held for pick up at the Beth-El Garden Entrance door just prior to services.
Shir Chadash services, for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are open to the public but require tickets. Nonmembers may purchase tickets here.
For the public: Temple Emanu-El welcomes all who would worship with us in peace and offers a public space within the temple where services will be livestreamed to a projection screen. Reserved Seating and Open-Seating Services require tickets and are not open to the public.