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High Holy Days 2016

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.

Please note: as of September 21, if you purchase a ticket online we will NOT mail it to you. We will hold all tickets for pick-up at the office at 131 Remsen Street.

BHS Live Streaming Services

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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.

2016 Services Highlights
Erev Rosh Hashanah 10.02.16 Rosh Hashanah 10.03.16

High Holy Days Schedule, Forms, and Details

Schedule: Full Holiday Worship Schedule

Worship-Sermons: Rabbi Kanes Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5777

Children & Families

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

Community Young Children's Services 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 (Sunday, October 2nd) in the beautiful, quiet sanctuary at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, our neighbors in Brooklyn Heights at 75 Hicks Street. On the first morning (Monday, October 3rd), 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 (Monday, October 3rd) at our own Sanctuary at 131 Remsen Street with our Service for Families with Young Children, open to the community.

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 (Tuesday, October 4th), for second day Rosh Hashanah morning services.

Shabbat Shuvah
We hold a traditional a cappella service on the Friday evening of Shabbat Shuvah (Friday, October 7th), the Sabbath of Repentance, that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. On Shabbat morning (Saturday, October 8th), 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 (Tuesday, October 11th), brings us back to the sanctuary of Plymouth Church. We gather there again for the following morning, afternoon, and early evening services (Wednesday, October 12th). Our Youth Services and activities for school age children run concurrently with the Yom Kippur Morning Service at Plymouth. Following the morning service (Wednesday, October 12th), 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 Service for Families with Young Children, open to the community.

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.

2016 Dates

Saturday, September 24 
Sunday, October 2 
Mon & Tues, October 3-4
Fri & Sat, October 7-8 
Tuesday, October 11 
Wednesday, October 12


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