1157 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10075
Putting the HIGH! back in the HIGH HOLYDAYS!
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History

For the past 35 years, we have been presenting High Holyday services open to the New York Jewish community, to introduce our synagogue for the unaffiliated and disconnected. We are the most celebrated High Holyday services in New York and people talk about their experience with us for months afterward. We invented the concept of “open door" services. Our rabbis are dynamic and relevant, presenting compelling and moving services that connect to your life. Thousands of people have attended our services and have been transformed; their Judaism renewed and revitalized.

Who Comes?

Our services are open to young professionals, singles (20s, 30s, 40s and above), empty-nesters, young families/couples, intermarried, the interfaith dating, beginners, people interested in Judaism, seniors, students, Russian Jews, or anyone else—everyone is invited! We especially welcome veteran worshipers who found past High Holyday experiences bland, boring, or lacking in meaning, and are looking for a fresh, new, and exciting way to experience Judaism!

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We are putting the HIGH back in High Holydays!

Denomination
We welcome Jews of Reform, Conservative, and unaffiliated backgrounds. We are trans-denominational within the context of liberal Jewish religious denominations seeking to create a spiritually meaningful and vibrant connection. Our rabbis have been trained and studied all the denominations of Judaism. Our services present a creative, contemporary, and spiritual Judaism that is rooted in the past, living in the present, and open to the future.
  • Inovative & Comfortable Services
  • Exuberant Dancing
  • Joyous & moving Music
  • Open Door Policy

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A Blessing!

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are one of the most moving and spiritually uplifting times of the entire year.
The purpose of these days, among many other things, is to ascend the ladder to reach the Heavens, to fix our lives, to fix the world, to realign our souls. We look forward to sharing these awesome, joyous days with you. We look forward to making the journey together to wholeness and rebirth and renewal. These days are more than just holidays--they are holydays, days that impact on the deepest parts of our lives. May God, the Holy One of Being and Blessing, be an active presence in your life in the forthcoming year and we pray that it will be for you and yours and all, a year of health, happiness, prosperity, and meaning!
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Testimonials

"...I came from a no-background Jewish background. At most, it meant to me lox and bagels. But I see what I have missed all these years..."