High Holy Days 2018 (5779)

Your E-Tickets

Tickets will be e-mailed on Monday, August 27, to members in good standing. Simply present your e-ticket on your smartphone or print it out and bring it with you to each High Holy Days service. Members without email will receive a printed copy in the mail. If you have questions, call the High Holy Day’s hotline 212-838-9430 or reach us via email at HHDtickets@censyn.org.

Welcome to the High Holy Days at Central Synagogue. On this page you will find information for members, guests, and live streamers interested in joining us for worship.

Please read this information carefully. We're confident you'll find the answers to your questions!

Things to Note:

  • Erev Rosh HaShanah Services will now start at 6:00 pm at David Geffen Hall.
  • The teen experience will now take place at the Community House on Rosh HaShanah, Monday, September 10, from 1:15-2:45 pm and lunch will be served. There will not be a teen experience on Yom Kippur.
  • We are pleased to announce an additional venue, E 54th Street at Saint Peter’s Church, which is a modern Sanctuary just a block away from Central. Members in all service locations will have the opportunity to worship with our Central clergy.
  • Services on Rosh HaShanah day two on Tuesday, September 11, will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Main Sanctuary fire and mark the anniversary of 9/11.
  • For this year’s Taschlich Service we will meet at Lese Lobby and walk together, to Sutton Place Park at E 55th Street. The entrance to the park is on E 55th St. at the East River. Please note there are stairs to enter the park, it is not ADA accessible. The park used in previous year's on E 56th Street is under construction by the City of New York.
  • Rabbi Rick Jacobs will be teaching the text Study at David Geffen Hall on Yom Kippur Afternoon, titled "The God of Truth vs. the Culture of Lies" Wednesday, September 19, at 2:30pm.

You can also e-mail or call the High Holy Day’s hotline at (212) 838-9430 and we'll be happy to assist you further.

Wishing you sweetness in the new year,

The Central Synagogue Team

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About Our Tickets

Member Tickets

Tickets will be sent by e-mail on Monday, August 27 to members in good standing. Members without an email address on file will receive printed tickets in the mail.

“Good standing” means that you’re current on all membership dues, fees, and tuition from the 2017-18 membership year, or have made payment arrangements with our Finance or Membership departments and are current on those arrangements.

Each adult member for whom we have an e-mail address on file will receive an e-ticket with a barcode that is valid for all members of the household. For each service, your household's barcode may be scanned multiple times, up to the number of tickets your household account is entitled to. Please contact us if you're not sure how many tickets your household receives. Note: children under 3 do not need tickets; children over 26 would need guest tickets.

Membership Type

Number of Tickets

One-Adult Membership
1 ticket

1

Two-Adult Membership
2 tickets

2

One-Parent Family Membership
1 ticket + 1 ticket per child between the ages 3 and 26

1 + children between 3 and 26

Two-Parent Family Membership
2 tickets + 1 ticket per child between the ages 3 and 26

2 + children between 3 and 26


Guest Tickets

Central Synagogue is blessed to have an engaged membership, and our High Holy Days attendance has been steadily increasing each year. In 2017, our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur morning services were more than 90% full. In an effort to accommodate as many worshippers as possible, we hope you’ll help us uphold the following policies:

Note: Your guests will only be able to attend the services and locations for which your member tickets have been issued.

NEW FOR 2018: To allow for better planning and convenience, you’re now able to pay for your guest tickets online with a credit card at the time of purchase. Cancellations received with 48 hours’ notice will be issued a full refund.

View guest ticket pricing & purchase tickets


For Members with seating in the Main Sanctuary

If you have tickets to Main Sanctuary services and will not be attending all or some of the High Holy Days services at Central, we ask that you consider releasing your seats for this year’s holiday so that we can better accommodate other members and their guests. If you have tickets to Main Sanctuary services but prefer to worship at one of our other locations this year, please alert us by August 17 so that we can issue you new tickets. You may choose to worship at a different location for the entire holiday or for specific services. Please make this change as soon as you know your preference.

Release your seats


Non-Member Tickets

We are pleased to announce a new service location, E 54th Street at Saint Peter’s Church, which is a modern Sanctuary just a block away from Central.

We have a limited number of non-member tickets available for these High Holy Day services. Tickets for services that have not yet reached capacity are available for purchase until Thursday, September 6, at 5:00 pm. Please click here to purchase tickets and check availability. If the service you would like to attend is no longer available, we encourage you to visit the UJA Federation of New York’s website which maintains a list of services at NYC-area synagogues that may still be available. Additionally, we are unable to accept reciprocity for non-member tickets this year, unless you are a parent, child or sibling of an existing Central Member. If you're a member in good standing of a reform synagogue and will be in New York for the holidays, check out UJA Federation of New York’s website maintains for a list of services at synagogues who may accept reciprocity as well as services open to the wider Jewish community.


Live Streaming

We will live stream services throughout the High Holy Days. View schedule of Live Streaming services »

This service is offered free to the public; no sign up or registration is required.

We use our own prayer books for the High Holy Days, which you can download as PDF files.

How to watch our services...

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Service Schedules

Select your ticket type below to view your custom schedule of High Holy Days services, from S'lichot through Simchat Torah. A schedule of your services and locations will also be listed on your e-ticket.

If you're attending as a guest of a member, your schedule will correspond with the Central Synagogue member with whom you will be attending High Holy Day services.

Please contact us if you don't know your ticket type.

View Schedules

Choose a Ticket Type above to view the schedule.

Open to Public

Print the Non-member schedule

S’lichot
Saturday, September 16
Erev Rosh HaShanah
Wednesday, September 20
Rosh HaShanah
Thursday, September 21
Rosh HaShanah II
Friday, September 22
Kol Nidrei
Friday, September 29
Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, October 4
Sukkot
Thursday, October 5
Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
Simchat Torah/Sh'mini Atzeret
Thursday, October 12

Blue Tickets

Print the Blue Ticket schedule

S’lichot
Saturday, September 16
Erev Rosh HaShanah
Wednesday, September 20
Rosh HaShanah
Thursday, September 21
Rosh HaShanah II
Friday, September 22
Kol Nidrei
Friday, September 29
Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, October 4
Sukkot
Thursday, October 5
Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
Simchat Torah/Sh'mini Atzeret
Thursday, October 12

Tan Tickets

Print the Tan Ticket schedule

S’lichot
Saturday, September 16
Erev Rosh HaShanah
Wednesday, September 20
Rosh HaShanah
Thursday, September 21
Rosh HaShanah II
Friday, September 22
Kol Nidrei
Friday, September 29
Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, October 4
Sukkot
Thursday, October 5
Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
Simchat Torah/Sh'mini Atzeret
Thursday, October 12

Green Tickets

Print the Green Ticket schedule

S’lichot
Saturday, September 16
Erev Rosh HaShanah
Wednesday, September 20
Rosh HaShanah
Thursday, September 21
Rosh HaShanah II
Friday, September 22
Kol Nidrei
Friday, September 29
Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, October 4
Sukkot
Thursday, October 5
Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
Simchat Torah/Sh'mini Atzeret
Thursday, October 12

Red Tickets

Print the Red Ticket schedule

S’lichot
Saturday, September 16
Erev Rosh HaShanah
Wednesday, September 20
Rosh HaShanah
Thursday, September 21
Rosh HaShanah II
Friday, September 22
Kol Nidrei
Friday, September 29
Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, October 4
Sukkot
Thursday, October 5
Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
Simchat Torah/Sh'mini Atzeret
Thursday, October 12

Family Services

You may purchase tickets to attend our Community services.

S’lichot
Saturday, September 16
Erev Rosh HaShanah
Wednesday, September 20
Rosh HaShanah
Thursday, September 21
Rosh HaShanah II
Friday, September 22
Kol Nidrei
Friday, September 29
Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, October 4
Sukkot
Thursday, October 5
Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
Simchat Torah/Sh'mini Atzeret
Thursday, October 12

Live Streaming

Print the Live Streaming schedule

S’lichot
Saturday, September 16
Erev Rosh HaShanah
Wednesday, September 20
Rosh HaShanah
Thursday, September 21
Rosh HaShanah II
Friday, September 22
Kol Nidrei
Friday, September 29
Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
Erev Sukkot
Wednesday, October 4
Sukkot
Thursday, October 5
Erev Simchat Torah
Wednesday, October 11
Simchat Torah/Sh'mini Atzeret
Thursday, October 12

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Shamashim

Each year, members act as shamashim (ushers) during the High Holy Days. Not only do our shamashim help guide service goers to their seats and around our various venues, but they also help create the warm and welcoming atmosphere that makes worship at Central Synagogue so special. If you're interested in volunteering, please follow the link below and sign up for any open service slots.

Volunteer to be a shamash


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Service Venues

Central Synagogue has one of the largest congregations in the country. We hold High Holy Days services in multiple locations in order to accommodate all those who wish to worship with us. Locations for your services are listed on the schedule on your tickets.

Main Sanctuary

652 Lexington Avenue at East 55th Street
Map and Directions
Take a 360° Tour of the Space
Parking Location & Coupon

Our historic synagogue is located in Midtown East, a short walk from Grand Central Terminal.

Pavilion

652 Lexington Avenue (Enter on East 55th Street)
Map and Directions
Parking Location & Coupon

Our Pavilion space is located on the lower level of our Main Sanctuary building.

David Geffen Hall

10 Lincoln Center Plaza
at West 65th Street & Columbus Avenue
Map and Directions
Parking Location
Accessibility at David Geffen Hall

This spacious venue comfortably seats 2,700+ congregants, while still serving as an intimate and spiritual environment.

E 54th Street at Saint Peter’s Church

619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street
Map and Directions
Parking Location & Coupon

E 54th Street at Saint Peter’s Church is a modern Sanctuary just one block from Central.


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High Holy Days Sermons