For Temple Members
Learn more about what Temple Emanu-El is offering for our members. If you would like to become a member, click here.
Online Services: Zoom Tables & Pews
This year, High Holy Day worship will take place online with the collaboration of an innovative production company to bring the warmth and majesty of our Fifth Avenue sanctuary into our members’ homes, wherever they currently reside. The online experience will feature our formal, Shir Chadash and family services with Emanu-El’s clergy up close, our unparalleled choir and musicians, as well as unique moments that a custom virtual platform will afford the congregation.
Technology has offered many new ways to connect over the past few months, and the High Holy Days will be no exception! We are pleased to offer temple members the opportunity to gather around the “zoom table” with their loved ones. Participants will be able to watch the Temple Emanu-El livestream while simultaneously being in a chat room with up to 25 others. While only temple members can serve as “hosts,” the host can share their unique table link with non-member family and friends. The deadline to register is September 15 for Rosh Hashanah and September 23 for Yom Kippur; Registration is required.
For 175 years, Temple Emanu-El has been open for the High Holy Days and we want 5781 to be no exception. Therefore, under the advice of medical counsel, we can invite a smaller segment of our membership, up to 100 individuals, to join us for services during the High Holy Days. In a special gesture to honor members most profoundly affected by the pandemic — assuming conditions remain safe for a smaller gathering — we will invite those who are:
- Front-line workers, first responders and medical professionals — those who had to work to provide essential services at the height of this pandemic
- Members who lost loved ones to COVID-19
- Members who had to cancel spring and summer life-cycle events due to quarantine
If you are within this cohort, we ask that you fill out this quick survey to express your interest in joining us for an in-person service during the holidays.
Tashlich: Emanu-El Everywhere
As part of our High Holy Day worship, we will again join together for Tashlich on Rosh Hashanah afternoon, Saturday, September 19 at 3:30 PM. Tashlich is a ritual where we symbolically cast off of our sins by throwing breadcrumbs into a natural body of flowing water. In the past, we gathered in Central Park as one congregational family. This year, to maintain social distance and meet our members where they are, we will offer multiple sites, both in New York City, where Tashlich will be led by our clergy and staff, and outside the city, where congregants have volunteered to lead this short but meaningful ritual. We will also have a virtual option, so members can join us from wherever they are! The deadline to register for in-person Tashlich is September 17. Registration is required and each location will be limited to a maximum of 25 people.
Registration for in-person Tashlich services is now closed. For more information, email us at .
There will also be a virtual Tashlich led by Rabbi Amy Ehrlich at 3:30 PM on Saturday, September 19. Click here to access the service.
Below are audio versions of our Tashlich prayers, which can also be found on our Tashlich Prayer Sheet.
Days of Awe Programming
Under the leadership of our Membership Committee, the Days of Awe will be filled with opportunities to gather virtually to learn, connect and celebrate. Lay Leaders have stepped forward to lead meaningful discussions and guide us through new culinary traditions, and our clergy will lead sessions to help us approach the New Year with a clear mind, and a full heart.
Receive a Special Prayer Book
So that we might lift our voices together in hope, we are mailing to you a soft-cover edition of our new High Holy Day prayer book with which we will worship on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This beautiful machzor, resplendent with motifs and designs that grace our sanctuaries, was made possible through a generous donation from the family of Kim and Alan Hartman, in honor of Temple Emanu-El’s 175th Anniversary.
Together, we will pray for a better year — one of health and happiness in our homes, one of justice and peace in our country and the world. We look forward to greeting you online, or perhaps in person, soon.
Sign Up for High Holy Day Updates & Reminders
Please click here to read a message from Temple leadership about our High Holy Day plans.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
8:00 PM | Selichot Service | Online
Friday, September 18, 2020
5:30 PM | Eve of Rosh Hashanah Service | Online | Rabbi Davidson will preach at the beginning of the service
8:00 PM | Shir Chadash Service | Online | Rabbi Gross-Prinz will preach in the middle of the service
Saturday, September 19, 2020
10:00 AM | Rosh Hashanah Morning Service | Online | Rabbi Ehrlich will preach in the middle of the service
12:00 PM | Address from Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin and Ambassador Ido Aharoni | Online
2:00 PM | Teen & Family Worship Service | Online
3:30 PM | Tashlich | Various Locations & Online
All Day | Young Families Videos & Activities | Online
Sunday, September 27, 2020
5:30 PM | Shir Chadash Service | Online | Rabbi Kahn will preach in the middle of the service
8:00 PM | Kol Nidrei Evening Service | Online | Rabbi Davidson will preach at the beginning of the service
Monday, September 28, 2020
10:00 AM | Yom Kippur Morning Service | Online | Rabbi Ehrlich will preach in the middle of the service
12:00 PM | Study Sessions featuring Anat Hoffman (Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center) and Warren Klein (Curator of Temple Emanu-El’s Bernard Museum of Judaica) | Online
2:00 PM | Teen & Family Service | Online
3:30 PM | Afternoon, Avodah, Yizkor and Neilah Services | Online | Rabbi Sapadin will preach during Yizkor
All Day | Young Families Videos & Activities | Online