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This year, we are excited to celebrate the High Holy Days at

Renew Queens, in Long Island City, QueensRegistration will open for Partners on Monday, August 26th. Become a Malkhut Partner today to access early bird registration.

 

Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services will take place both in-person and via livestream. On this page, we have information about the High Holy Day season's schedule of services, events and gatherings, children's programming, accessibility, and background about this year's High Holy Day theme and artwork. You can also watch last year’s High Holy Day services and read last year’s High Holy Day sermons.  

Schedule of services

High Holy Day 5785 schedule of services, events & gatherings:

Rabbi Goldenberg will lead us on Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre & Yom Kippur in prayer, song and study, along with Music Director Kris Wettstein, Rabbinic Intern Emily Herzlin and other co-creators. Our services are warm, contemplative, rich in music, and all Hebrew is transliterated and translated for easy access to all levels of experience with Jewish ritual. All are welcome!

Selichot Retreat: Saturday September 28, 2 - 4:30pm at Renew Queens (small space) and on Zoom 

  • As Elul begins to draw to a close, we will gather for a Shabbat afternoon of meditation, gentle mindful movement, journaling, and community. The practices and activities we engage in together will help us to sit with our hearts, cultivate stillness, and contemplate how we can connect with a sense of enoughness for the year ahead. Led by Rabbinic Intern Emily Herzlin and Rabbi Goldenberg. Register HERE.

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday October 2, 7:30 - 9pm, on Zoom only

  • Join us over Zoom as lay leaders Shara Feldman and Rachel Abrams lead us in welcoming in the New Year with blessings, song, interactive sharing and study. Rabbi Goldenberg will lead us in study based on our theme. This will not be a traditional evening service but will include some traditional melodies and blessings for entering the New Year. 

Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, October 3 at Renew Queens and livestreamed

  • 9:30am: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services: Prayer, singing, Torah reading, shofar, and sermon from Rabbi Goldenberg. 

  • 9:15am: Drop off Children’s Programming: Singing, stories, learning and prayer for children between 5-10 years old. 

Tashlich: Friday, October 4 at Peninsula Park at Gantry State Park on the Long Island City, Queens waterfront (Click HERE for exact location/map)

  • 2:30 - 3:30, Malkhut & Me with Stephen Figurasmith: It’s the Jewish New Year. Let’s sing and dance about it in this Rosh Hashanah special edition of Malkhut & Me!

  • ​3:30 - 4:00pm, picnic, snack & shmooze time (Please bring a blanket or folding chairs to sit on, as well as whatever foods or beverages you and your family/guests would like to consume as food is not being provided. If you bring food to share, please label ingredients and note common allergens.)

  • ​4:00 - 5:00pm, Tashlich, Rabbinic Intern Emily Herzlin will guide us in reflection and ritual as we shed what no longer serves us and make space for new intentions. In-person only.

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Kol Nidre: Friday, October 11, 7:30pm at Renew Queens and livestreamed

  • Kol Nidre Services: Chanting of the Kol Nidre prayer by Rabbinic Intern Emily Herzlin with Noah Heau on cello, our first round of confessions and prayers for forgiveness, and sermon from Rabbi Goldenberg.  

Yom Kippur: Saturday, October 12 at Renew Queens and livestreamed

  • 9:30am: Yom Kippur Morning Services: Confessions and prayers for forgiveness, Torah reading, sermon from Rabbi Intern Emily Herzlin.  

  • 9:15am: Drop off Children’s Programming: Singing, stories, learning and prayer for children between 5-10 years old.  

  • 2 - 2:45pm, Learning Break Out Session I: 

  • 3 - 3:45pm, Learning Break Out Session II: 

  • Placeholder for Mincha

  • 5:00pm: Yizkor (memorial service): Honor and remember loved ones who have died

  • 5:45pm: Neilah (concluding service): Close the 10 days of awe with final pleas for forgiveness and the sounding of the shofar

  • 7:00pm, Havdalah & Break the Fast​

Accessibility Information:

  • Live transcription will be available for livestreamed services. Renew Queens is a fully accessible location.  At Renew Queens there are gender neutral bathrooms on the floor of the building where we will be holding services. Please contact us if you need any other accommodations.

COVID information:

  • If the the CDC risk level for Queens is low or medium:

    • ​Indoors: masking is optional but encouraged

    • Outdoors: masking is optional

  • Please do not attend with COVID symptoms

  • If the CDC risk level for Queens is high, we will implement further safety measures. Please view our COVID safety policy HERE

Questions? Please contact us HERE.

about theme

About our High Holy Day theme and artwork: 

I seek Your (your) face.

In Psalm 27, the biblical text for the month leading to the High Holy Days, the psalmist calls out from a place of fear, separation, and grief. They plead with the Divine, “I seek Your face. Do not hide Your face from me” (Psalm 27:8-9) 

 

This has been a year of grief, fear, brokenness, and isolation: of divides that have felt painful and scary to even contemplate finding a way to bridge. At the same time there is a yearning for authentic connection, for care, for listening, and for sharing. 

 

In the biblical text the “y” in “I seek Your face” is capitalized, as the speaker addresses the Divine. But we would also like to imagine that this face could be that of a fellow human being: hence the capitalized “Your” and the small “your” in our theme tagline. Emmanuel Levinas, the 20thc Jewish thinker, understood that the bridge between people, no matter how rickety and narrow, is a holy space - and that when we turn to face each other, we are in fact seeing the face of the Divine.

 

Speaking of bridges, Rebbe Nahman of Breslov, an 18th century Chasidic master, wrote, “the whole world is a very narrow bridge. The essential thing is to not make ourselves afraid.” Life is fragile, relationships fray. The work of our lives, and of these High Holy days is to take a deep breath, to not allow fear to overtake us, and to turn towards the tattered parts of ourselves, towards those cracks in our bonds with others, and towards the pain in this world. In this turning, in this revealing of our own faces, perhaps we might even catch a glimpse of the Divine presence. 

Thank you to multimedia artist and Malkhutnik June Kosoff for creating the beautiful artwork inspired by this year's theme.

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Our High Holy Days are supported by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.

livestreams

Watch 5784/2023's High Holy Day livestreamed services: To watch a specific part of a service video, click on the service you want to view. While the video plays, hover your cursor over the red timeline bar at the bottom of the player. You'll see chapter descriptions as your cursor changes to a hand. These chapters help you navigate to sections like sermons, Torah service, Kol Nidre prayer, etc. You can also watch these videos on YouTube directly by clicking HERE.

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

Kol Nidre Service

Yom Kippur Morning Service

Yizkor, Neilah & Havdalah

sermons

Read 5784/2023's High Holy Day's Sermons:
Click HERE to read Rabbi Goldenberg's Rosh Hashanah sermon, "Israel, my beloved"
Click HERE to read Rabbi Goldenberg's Kol Nidre sermon, "Embracing Impermanence"
Click HERE to read Rabbinic Intern Emily Herzlin's sermon, "Under the Mountain, Choosing Life"

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