Due to inclement weather, Temple Emanu-El will not be holding Yom Kippur worship services at SummerStage in Central Park on October 5. Please note the changes of venue below. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tickets Required for Attendance

Tickets are required for all services without exception. If you should lose your tickets in advance of a service, 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 their tickets.

Invitation to Reserve Seats

Seating is available in both the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary and the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary. Temple members wishing to reserve seats should contact the Membership Office to determine the best option for your family. Seating rates are available at www.emanuelnyc.org/seating. Seats are available in all sections in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary to members who do not have reserved seating on their account or for members who are interested in updating their current seating. 

Ticket Mailing

As tickets will not automatically be mailed this year, if you have not completed your High Holy Day service preference request, please contact the Membership Office. Tickets will be sent via email. 

Services at SummerStage are open to all members. Tickets are required for all services at SummerStage and those will also be sent via email. 

Temple members not planning on using assigned seats for High Holy Day services should let us know so we may assign your seats to guests.

Seating Reciprocity

Seating reciprocity is available for Temple Emanu-El members in good standing who will be out of town during the High Holy Days and wish to attend services at another Union for Reform Judaism congregation. Similarly, Emanu-El will provide complimentary tickets for out-of-town relatives of members or out-of-town visitors who arrange for courtesy seating through their home congregation. Please contact Prince Davis at 212-507-9513 or for more information.

Entering Temple Emanu-El

After showing proof of vaccination, each attendee must have their own ticket. When entering the temple, please present your tickets on your mobile device or print them. Tickets will be scanned upon entry. Please make sure the scannable QR code is readable on your device or on your printed document.

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each service. For access to services in our Fifth Avenue Sanctuary, members and their guests may enter through the sanctuary doors on Fifth Avenue, or enter through the Community House at 1 East 65th Street. For access to services in Lowenstein Sanctuary, enter at 10 East 66th Street.

Entering SummerStage

After showing proof of vaccination, each attendee must have their own ticket. When entering SummerStage, please present your tickets on your mobile device or print them. Tickets will be scanned upon entry. Please make sure the scannable QR code is readable on your device or on your printed document.

Enter at 69th Street and Fifth Avenue; the walk to the venue in the park is approximately 5 minutes. For those requiring extra support, ADA entry is located at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue via golf cart. All services at SummerStage will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Bathroom trailers are onsite.

Additional Covid Precautions

To support all our members who want to join in person for services, but may still require additional COVID precautions, we are happy to announce two special enhancements. For all formal services, members can attend a livestream in Greenwald Hall, where masks and social distancing will be required. For Shir Chadash, Teen Worship and Family Worship Services, a mask required section will be available in the Sanctuary.


All visitors are subject to security screening upon entry to all services. All bags will be inspected. We ask that members and guests not bring large bags or backpacks to the temple; they will not be permitted into the sanctuary and will need to be checked in the lobbies.

Temple Emanu-El is proud to be working in partnership with the NYPD to protect our sites.

Accessibility And Assistance

Restrooms for the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary are located on the lower level (one floor down). For members and guests who may find stairs difficult to manage, we recommend entering through our Community House doors on 65th Street where you can take an elevator to access restrooms. In Lowenstein Sanctuary, restrooms are on the first floor.

For those who require additional assistance, support desks will be located at the temple garden entrance on Fifth Avenue and outside of the Lowenstein Sanctuary on 66th Street. Technical support will be available during all services by calling the main line at 212-744-1400.

Pricing for Young Members

We continue to offer a dues-free first year for our Associate Members (up to 30 years of age), for new congregants and children of members alike. This membership includes access to services of the clergy and the event offerings of the temple and Streicker Center. In line with national congregational trends, we have implemented a modified dues model to encourage retention and better support our Young Members. Detailed information has been sent to those impacted in their renewals and can be found on our website at www.emanuelnyc.org/dues-5783

Guest Tickets

Because many of our members hope to celebrate with extended family during this Holy Day season, we are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of guest tickets. If you are interested in purchasing guest tickets, please reach out to the Membership Office. Guest tickets are $150 per ticket for each service.

Guest tickets for the Family and Teen Service are available at no additional cost.

Special Admissions Without Tickets

Active-duty service members and college students will be admitted without tickets by showing a valid identification at the help desk at Beth-El chapel on 5th Avenue. International travelers visiting New York City will be admitted by showing a valid foreign passport.