High Holy Days


Guests please click here to view the welcome letter from our president inviting you to attend.  

There are no tickets and no assigned seating.  We request a voluntary contribution and advance registration, but will turn no one away. You may register online or by using this mail-in form. You may also contact the synagogue office for further information on attending High Holy Day services as a guest at 914-946-8851 or betamshalom@betamshalom.org

Guests may attend the main service in the tent and/or the family service in our sanctuary.   We heat the tent when necessary, however please dress according to the weather.  If you need a break from the outdoors, you are welcome to sit in the sanctuary where the services will be broadcasted.

Our services mix serious prayer, joyful singing, and thoughtful intellectual content. As led by our rabbi, Lester Bronstein, and Cantor Benjie Schiller, High Holy Day services at Bet Am Shalom are at once unusual and traditional. In the Main Service, Shacharit (the early morning service) is led by congregants so the rabbi is free to lead the Family Service; the rabbi returns in time for the Torah service, where the Torah and Haftorah portions are chanted entirely by our post b’nai mitzvah teens; a congregant choral group presents a musical program during the Martyrology, and the d’vrei Torah (Torah portion explications) are given both by our rabbi and by congregants.

Led by our rabbi and followed by a family kiddush, the one-hour Family Service mixes the music of prayer with song and learning. It is inclusive of even the youngest family members; children gather close around the rabbi as the Torah is read and the shofar is sounded. Afterwards, many families migrate to the tent to join the main service; babysitting and children’s programs are also available.

For security purposes, please refrain from bringing backpacks or large bags to the synagogue property.

Click here to read what one congregant wrote about the experience of "praying in the tent."

Click here for more information and SCHEDULE for the High Holy Days 2017/5778.

Click here for ideas and resources to enrich your Jewish holidays.

Click here to read previous High Holy Day d'rashot (sermons) by BAS congregants and Rabbi Bronstein.

Click here for High Holy Day Teen Readings.

Psalm 27, the special reading for the month of Elul, is now available on our website for those who may want to access it for personal meditation or contemplation.

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