High Holy Days 5783

Updated: September 20, 2022 

We’re so grateful for the success of last year’s extremely COVID-19-safe, yet deeply meaningful, High Holy Days experience, that brought everyone together in a completely new way.

Registration is open for members in good standing for in-person High Holy Days services this year in four locations—the BJ Sanctuary and Community House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew (SPSA) for families. The services in the BJ Sanctuary and at Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as the Minha and Ne’ilah service at SPSA, will be the same deeply meaningful experience led by our spiritual leaders, Rabbis Roly Matalon, Felicia Sol, Hazzan Ari Priven, as well as Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz, who will rotate through these service locations.

Of course, Rabbi Anne Ebersman and the BJ teens will be leading all family services. (Rabbi Becca Weintraub is on parental leave.) There will be space for everyone for every service, and we look forward to praying as one community across Jazz at Lincoln Center, SPSA, the BJ Sanctuary, Zoom, and Livestream. 

Other things to know:

  • We do not expect to offer outdoor services as we did last year. However, members whose circumstances preclude them from congregating indoors may select our limited-capacity livestream of services on the Community House Terrace. Though this option will be available on all registration forms, we ask that you reserve that space for those who need it most.

  • We are using the same online registration system as last year for print-at-home entrance cards. Registration is open. If you expect to have received registration information but have not yet registered, please check to see if there are any emails in from 5783@bj.org in your spam folder.

  • Entrance cards were sent via email to the designated contact on September 19. There should be one individual email containing an entrance card for each household member and/or confirmed guest.

Join or renew your BJ membership to join us in person this year.

We have a full calendar of programming and learning throughout the month of Elul to help us prepare for the High Holy Days. For more information and to register for these opportunities, click here.

Livestream Participation

We will continue streaming our services for those who prefer to join us virtually. Register here >> 


When can I purchase guest entrance cards?

Registration for guests is now available. All members should have received a link to request guest entrance cards. If you can’t find the link in your email, please email membership@bj.org. Because of capacity issues, guests will be limited to joining services at Jazz at Lincoln Center and SPSA when more than one location is offered.

I’m participating via livestream, what should I do if I don’t have a mahzor at home?
You can order a digital copy of Mahzor Lev Shalem directly from the Rabbinical Assembly by Wednesday, September 21. Digital mahzorim are available for:

  • Personal Leasing: Mahzor available for online viewing only (no download) and will expire in November 2022. Cost: $5

  • Licensed PDF Purchase: Mahzor available on or offline and never expires.
    Cost: $18

The order form will be available again Wednesday, September 28-October 3

Processing takes one business day, so the online form will close on Wednesday, September 21, in order to allow the RA time to process orders before Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah. It will reopen on September 28 and close on October 3 to process orders for Yom Kippur.

Order your Digital Mahzor here!

>> Download BJ’s supplemental mahzor

In addition, limited hard copies are available for loan from the BJ Offices, for members in good standing to reserve in advance and pick up in person during normal business hours. Fill out this form to reserve your hard copy.

How do I get a reciprocal membership entrance card?

We are offering members who are in good standing at their local synagogues reciprocity. Please email membership@bj.org.

I am not a member. Can I attend High Holy Days services at BJ?

Seating at our High Holy Days services is limited; therefore entrance cards are generally issued only to members. We encourage you to become a member to ensure access to High Holy Days services in person. With our sliding-scale dues, this option is affordable to all.

Our High Holy Days and Shabbat livestreams are always available to the public at no cost. Register here to join our High Holy Days livestream.

How many High Holy Days entrance cards do I get with my membership?

Those with individual memberships receive one entrance card. Those with family memberships receive two adult entrance cards and youth cards for any members of the household 26 years of age and younger.

We will again be utilizing the conference-style online registration system we used last year, based on tremendous success and feedback from members. The system allows members to select the individual services they wish to join (subject to availability) for themselves and each member of their household. Upon arrival, members will present a print-at-home QR code for access to services, so there will be no entrance card mailing this year. Entrance cards were emailed to the designated contact in each household on Monday, September 19.

What does it mean to be a member in good standing?

To be a member in good standing, your account balance should be paid in full or on a payment plan. If your intent is to send in a check, stock/wire transfer, or a contribution from a donor advised fund, please be in touch with the membership department about the timing of your payment. Read more information about the good standing policy.

Will you need ushers and greeters?

Yes, we will have a need for ushers and greeters, perhaps more than ever. If you want to help create a warm communal energy at our services by serving in this volunteer role, please indicate your interest when registering for services. We will be in touch later in the summer when service locations have been confirmed and exact shifts are determined.

Will virtual services have a Zoom option or only stream via YouTube, Facebook, or the BJ website?

All services from the BJ Sanctuary, as well as Family and Children’s services will be streamed. We will also have a member-only Zoom option this year. Members do not need to register as they will receive links to join virtually automatically closer to the High Holy Days.

What are the COVID-19 policies for High Holy Days services?

Beginning the Shabbat after Labor Day, we will shift to a more flexible COVID-19 policy for the BJ campus.

  • Vaccination and masking are highly encouraged, but are not required, for all BJ events, services, and programs.
  • Mask-required sections will be offered but masking in the rest of those spaces will be optional.
  • Service leaders, Torah readers, and others who are chanting or reading from the bimah who choose to unmask will be required to take a PCR test. Otherwise, those coming to the bimah should wear a mask.
  • Communal meals will be located outside when possible but will also occur indoors, following restaurant guidelines.

You can read more about this policy update here.

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Email us at 5783@bj.org!

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 25 – Tuesday, September 27

Date Time Service Name Locations
September 25 6:30PM Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening Services (First Day) Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
September 26 9:00AM Rosh Hashanah Morning Services (First Day) BJ Sanctuary, Jazz at Lincoln Center
September 26 9:15AM Rosh Hashanah Morning Services (First Day): Early Childhood Families (birth-5) Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
September 26 10:30AM Rosh Hashanah Morning Services (First Day): Families (6+) Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
September 26 5:15PM Community Learning and Tashlikh BJ Community House, Reception Room
September 26 7:15PM Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening Services (Second Day) BJ Sanctuary
September 27 9:00AM Rosh Hashanah Morning Services (Second Day) Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
September 27 9:00AM Rosh Hashanah Mindfulness Services (Second Day) 89th Street Community House – 3rd Floor
September 27 9:15AM Rosh Hashanah Morning Services (Second Day): Early Childhood Families (birth-5) BJ Sanctuary
September 27 10:30AM Rosh Hashanah Morning Services (Second Day): Families (6+) BJ Sanctuary


Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 4 – Wednesday, October 5

Date Time Service Name Locations
October 4 6:00PM Kol Nidre BJ Sanctuary, Jazz at Lincoln Center
October 4 6:00PM Kol Nidre: Aviv 20s & 30s 89th Street Community House – 3rd Floor
October 4 6:00PM Kol Nidre: Families (6+) Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
October 5 9:00AM Yom Kippur Morning Services BJ Sanctuary, Jazz at Lincoln Center
October 5 9:15AM Yom Kippur Morning Services: Early Childhood Families (birth-5) Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
October 5 10:30AM Yom Kippur Morning Services: Families (6+) Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
October 5 10:30AM Yom Kippur Morning Services: Families (6+) Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
October 5 3:00PM Yom Kippur Meditation for Teens 89th Street Community House
October 5 3:45PM Seder Ha-Avodah Service BJ Sanctuary
October 5 4:30PM Minha and Ne’ilah BJ Sanctuary, Church of St. Paul St. Andrew

Join or Renew Your Membership

BJ’s 2022-2023 membership season is underway. You can always count on BJ for spiritual guidance, leadership, engagement, and support as we navigate our new, multi-access presence. Join or renew today to select a preferred service to attend for the High Holy Days. Entrance cards are issued only to current members.

Join our High Holy Days livestream

Let us usher in this new year and these Yamim Noraʾim, together. Register to join us for a deeply meaningful and spiritual High Holy Days livestream, no matter where you are.