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High Holidays – 2021 / 5782 – Info & Registration

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Registration for Yom Kippur services is now closed. Please note that registration for High Holiday services is strictly required, and we cannot accommodate walk-ins. 


Kehilat Hadar is pleased to offer services for the High Holidays on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Here’s what you can look forward to at KH High Holiday services:

  • Spirited, egalitarian davening
  • Traditional liturgy
  • Widespread communal participation
  • Inspiring melodies
  • Thoughtful divrei Torah
  • Family friendly atmosphere including babysitting

We extend a warm invitation to families with young children wishing to attend High Holiday services. See below for more information about babysitting and family programs on each day of services. 

Anchor Shleichei Tzibur (prayer leaders) & Teachers

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Leaders: Rabbi Julia Andelman, Yossi Hoffman, and Jeremy Tabick
Teachers: Dena Weiss (Rosh Hashanah), Rabbi Mary Brett Koplen (Yom Kippur)

Registration for Yom Kippur services is now closed. Please note that registration for High Holiday services is strictly required, and we cannot accommodate walk-ins. 


Rosh Hashanah: Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Ave.
Yom Kippur: Booker T. Washington Middle School (MS54), 103 W. 107th St. Enter on 108th St. between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves. 

Please note for Kohanim, unfortunately there is not a way to avoid tum’at met (impurity through proximity to human death) at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel. Shaare Zedek welcomes those whom this impacts for Rosh Hashanah services.  Please email to request a space at their services. We deeply apologize for the additional challenge that this presents. 


Due to expected demand and COVID protocols that include capacity limitations, we require that people sign up for services in advance. Please register everyone attending, including all children. 

We will not have room to accommodate those who do not sign up. A waiting list will be available once capacity is reached. Please only sign up if you plan on coming, and let us know if you need to cancel. We cannot offer refunds for donations.

Health & Safety Protocols

Safety is our top priority at services. The following plan is guided by the principles we shared in June 2020. We continue to endeavor to be thoughtful about each aspect and phase of this plan, consistent with our conservative approach to risk. Please remember that given the evolving situation, our policies on masks, vaccinations and distancing may be subject to change.

Anyone not adhering to these policies or following the instructions and reminders given will be asked to leave.

Vaccination & Testing

  • All attendees ages 12 and up will be required to show proof of vaccination. 
  • All children under age 12, including infants, will be required to show proof of a negative test within 48 hours of the start of the holiday. (Infants who are only attending the main service are not required to be tested.) 
  • Childcare staff will be required to show proof of vaccination as well as proof of a negative test within 48 hours of the start of the holiday. 

Masks and Distancing

  • All participants are required to wear masks during services. Masks must cover both nose and mouth, and masks with valves are not permitted.
  • Fully vaccinated people leading services are permitted to take off their masks while leading their part of the service. These individuals will have submitted proof of a negative PCR test within 48 hours of the start of the holiday along with their proof of vaccination.
  • Seating will not be distanced, except for households with a child under age 12 who is attending the service. 


Please do not attend if any of the following are true:

  • You are sick
  • You have felt sick in the past two weeks
  • You are required to quarantine under New York state or local laws, due to travel or exposure

Please send any questions about these policies to


Kehilat Hadar relies on your donations to maintain its financial stability. All of the money you donate is used to fund our operating costs and programming. The more we raise, the more frequently we’ll be able to meet. Your donation has a direct impact on our ability to continue providing year-round high quality davening and programming. We raise the bulk of our operating budget in our fall campaign.

Our annual fundraising goal is to raise $102,000 during our 5782 fundraising drive.

We ask that community members who regularly attend KH services and programs donate $390 per person (or $250 for full-time students). Donating at this level is one way to qualify for voting membership. You may indicate your interest in membership when registering.

We request a minimum donation of $11 per month ($130 for the year). Donations of any size are greatly appreciated, and all donations are fully tax deductible.

We do not turn anyone away for lack of funds. Please email Emily Scharfman at if cost is a barrier to your participation.

If you already made a donation to the 5782 campaign, you should receive a coupon code by email to bypass the payment requirement for High Holiday services registration. If you would like to make your donation on a monthly recurring basis, please do so via the campaign page, after which you’ll receive your coupon code to register for High Holiday services, since the High Holiday registration form cannot accommodate recurring contributions. Please email any questions to

Babysitting & Kids Programming

We plan to offer babysitting for young children during both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Please see the times in the sidebar. If you plan to use babysitting but did not include your child on your High Holiday registration, please email promptly.

We will hold outdoor Family Services in Central Park at 10:30 AM on both days of Rosh Hashanah. Family Services are geared toward children ages 0–5, with an accompanying adult. The exact location will be provided by email to those who registered for High Holiday services, otherwise please request it by emailing Additionally, Shaare Zedek has invited families of children ages 5+ to their Junior Minyan service, which will take place at 11:00 AM in the same location. 

We will also hold outdoor Family Services on Yom Kippur, geared toward children ages 0–5, with an accompanying adult, as well as Junior Minyan services, for children ages 5+. Timing and location information will be available shortly. 

Outdoor services do not require registration or COVID testing, but all those attending should be symptom free and in compliance with our attendance guidelines. Children’s services will be canceled in the event of rain or excessive heat.


Kehilat Hadar depends on volunteers to run all aspects of its programs. You'll have opportunities to sign up to volunteer for High Holidays and for general Kehilat Hadar services during the registration process, and we encourage you to do so!

For other ways to get involved, including during the rest of the year, visit: or email

Learn High Holiday Melodies

If you are interested in learning some of the High Holiday melodies used at Kehilat Hadar in advance of services, please consider the following:


Please contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you a happy and healthy year ahead!


*Our annual Shavuot Retreat is not included in our operating budget as we structure it to pay for itself through registration fees. As in the past, our 2022 Shavuot Retreat will feature discounted pricing for members. For some ways to get involved visit: or email

Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782