High Holy Days 2017

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue welcomes all to worship with us for the High Holy Days. We offer services throughout each holiday including Adult, Youth, and Family services. A full schedule of events can be downloaded from the link below. Members receive one ticket per adult (click here to read about our member privileges). Non-members are welcome to purchase tickets to our services at Plymouth Church (75 Hicks Street) by filling out an online request (below). All services at BHS are free and open to the public. College and graduate students with ID and members of the US Armed Forces are welcome to all our services without charge.

BHS Live Streaming Services

BHS broadcasts Shabbat Services every Friday evening at 6:30pm and beginning this year offers streaming for all of our High Holy Days services at Plymouth Church. To enjoy our live-streaming services, use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or another browser that supports Flash Version 9.0 or greater.

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Plymouth Church 2017 Schedule
Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Erev Rosh Hashanah services begin at 6:30pm
Thursday, Sept. 21 – Rosh Hashanah services begin at 9:30am
Friday, Sept. 29 – Kol Nidre services begin at 6:30pm
Saturday, Sept. 30 – Yom Kippur services begin at 9:30am

High Holy Days Schedule, Forms, and Details

Schedule: Full Holiday Worship Schedule

2017 Dates

Saturday, September 16
Wednesday, September 20
Thursday and Friday,
September 21-22
Friday and Saturday,
September 22-23
Friday, September 29
Saturday, September 30

Children & Families

Babysitting & Preschool Programming (for children ages 1-5) Registration

Community Tot Services Information

FREE Community K-3 Family Rosh Hashanah Service Information

High Holy Days Activities & Services for Youth & Children

Ticket Requests & Signups

Member Request for Guest Tickets
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Non-Member Ticket Request
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Community Break Fast Sign Up
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Volunteer Opportunities

Greeter Sign-up

Rosh Hashanah
We begin our observance of Rosh Hashanah with evening services (Wednesday, September 20) in the beautiful, quiet sanctuary at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, our neighbors in Brooklyn Heights at 75 Hicks Street. On the first morning (Thursday, September 21), we again gather for worship at Plymouth, where we also offer a full morning of Youth Services and Activities for all school age children. Childcare is provided for the very youngest children, by reservation (see form above). When morning services conclude, we walk together to Fulton Ferry Landing, where we say the brief Tashlich prayers and send our transgressions out into the waters of the East River in the form of bread crumbs happily crumbled by our children during morning activities.

High Holy Days activities continue in the afternoon (Thursday, September 21) at our own Sanctuary at 131 Remsen Street with our Community Tot Service, open to all.

Later in the day, those observing the second day of Rosh Hashanah gather for the evening service in our own Sanctuary, and gather again the next day (Friday, September 22), for second day Rosh Hashanah morning services.

Shabbat Shuvah
We hold a traditional a cappella service on the Friday evening of Shabbat Shuvah (Friday, September 22), the Sabbath of Repentance, that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. On Shabbat morning (Saturday, September 23), we chant from the Torah and hear the special Haftarah for this special Sabbath. Services are followed by a brown-bag lunch and study session led by Rabbi Lippe on a text appropriate for the season of repentance and renewal.

Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre, the Yom Kippur Evening Service (Friday, September 29), brings us back to the sanctuary of Plymouth Church. We gather there again for the following morning, afternoon, and early evening services (Saturday, September 30). Our Youth Services and activities for school age children run concurrently with the Yom Kippur Morning Service at Plymouth. Following the morning service (Saturday, September 30), a lay-led study session is offered before we resume with Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah (closing) Services. Childcare will be available through Yizkor on Yom Kippur.  Our Yom Kippur concludes with a light communal Break Fast; all are welcome but reservations are required and there is a nominal fee.

On the afternoon of Yom Kippur, Rabbi Lippe returns to our own Sanctuary at 131 Remsen Street to lead our Community Tot Service, open to all.

Spiritual Journeys:
Yom Kippur Reflections from Members of the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue
A special feature of our Yom Kippur services is our own oral tradition. Each year, four or five members of the community talk about their own Spiritual Journeys, for just a few minutes each. These moments, often moving and always interesting, add a special personal warmth to the difficult Day of Atonement. We have published a collection of these Journeys; we offer them as a gift for new members and additional copies can be purchased for $18 each through our office.