What an incredible High Holy Day season! Thank you to all of you for joining us over the past 10 days. Thank you to our collaborators, volunteers, musicians and prayer leaders for holding sacred space for our community. On this page, you can watch our livestreamed services, read Rabbi Goldenberg and Rabbinic Intern Emily Herzlin's sermons, and read about this year's High Holy Day theme.
Recordings of 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
About our High Holy Day theme and artwork:
This year our High Holy Day theme is a paradox, held within the tension in one word: Enough.
The Hasidic master, Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Przysucha, is said to have taught: Everyone must have two pockets. In the right pocket are to be the words: “For my sake was the world created.” (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5) And in the left: “I am but dust and ashes.” (Genesis 18:27)
In one pocket, we are enough. In the other, we are not enough.
In one pocket, we are powerful. In the other, we are limited.
In one pocket, it is not up to us to complete the work. In the other, we are also not free to desist from it (Pirke Avot)
In one pocket, we are frustrated by the obstacles to much needed change in this world: enough is enough! In the other, we are nourished by the enoughness of this life: its beauty, its resilience, its holiness.
In these Days of Awe, may our practices of reflection, of teshuvah (turning), of prayer, silence, and song, bring us into a place of balance and clear seeing. That we might know when to reach into which pocket and continue the hard work of being humans, yearning and working towards healed hearts and a healed world.
Thank you to multimedia artist and Malkhutnik Jess Levey for creating the beautiful artwork inspired by this year's theme.
About our Collaborators:
Malkhut is building a progressive, creative, collaborative, heart-centered Jewish spiritual community in Western Queens.
Our High Holy Days are supported by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.
Queens Jewish Project produces young adult Jewish life programs in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Woodside, Corona, and beyond.
The Wandering Jews of Astoria is a pluralistic group of Jewish minded individuals set on bringing Jews together in and around Astoria, Queens. Our programming is intended for people in their 20s-40s. Each month we have a peer-led Shabbat service and potluck at a member's home, and we also have other events, such as Happy Hour, Book Club, Trivia, and Movie Nights.