High Holy Days



2021/5782 Note: As of August 19th, we've reached capacity for in-person attendance for indoor services and the children's program. There are still some spaces left for our outdoor Taschlich/Shofar service and there's room for everyone on Zoom.  You must register to get the Zoom link. (And if you missed the chance to sign up to join us on site, there's space on the registration form to indicate that you'd like to be on the waiting list.)

image credit: Christopher Blosser
Sow in Tears
Reap in Joy

This verse from the Psalms, which we chose as the theme for this year’s High Holy Days,  invites us to grieve, to feel in our bodies the loss, the pain, and the injustices of this past year. It promises that all of the seeds of suffering we have experienced and witnessed can transform into songs  of joy for ourselves and our world. The big space between the two parts of the verse is there on purpose. It represents “shmitta,” the every-seventh year of rest that we are called upon to take for our earth in an agricultural sense, but also for our bodies, our minds, our souls. This coming Jewish year of 5782 is a “shmitta,” or “sabbatical” year – a year to reflect, to rest, to feel, to allow the seeds that the pandemic has planted to germinate and grow into a new world of joy, equity, and health.

This Year is Different

In this extraordinary year, we're moving to a multi-access format for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our main services will be in person with limited capacity at St. Mark's Church in Jackson Heights and be simultaneously streamed on Zoom. A few offerings, like our shofar and taschlich service in Gantry Park, and study and discussion session on Yom Kippur afternoon will be in-person only.   We'll have in-person childcare in an open air tent in St. Mark's garden on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings. And we're reprising last year's non traditional, Zoom only gathering for Erev Rosh Hashanah.

This means that some things are different and a little more complicated: Capacity is limited. In order to ensure that as many people as possible are able to be with us in person, please only register for sessions you plan to attend.  When you register for an in person service, we'll also send you all the Zoom links. The registration form is extra long this year. It's important for us to collect all of this information so that we can manage capacity limits. We appreciate your patience in filling it all out! (It may be easier on a computer than on the phone.)

Covid Protocols

Masks are required for all attendees at all times both indoors in the sanctuary and outdoors on the grounds of St. Marks.. We're requiring proof of vaccination for everyone attending services in the sanctuary. We'll accept CDC cards, the New York State Excelsior Pass or the NYC pass. 

For anyone over the age of 12, we're requiring proof of vaccination. We will accept the CDC vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass. After you register, we'll send you a link where you can upload a copy of any of these documents. Alternatively, you can bring your physical CDC card or have the NYS or NYC app on your phone with you when you check in. 

For anyone 11 and under, we're requiring proof of a negative Covid test. We'll accept a  PCR test within 72 hours or a rapid test within 24 hours of attending. These will be checked on-site. 

There are limits on what children can attend: The vaccine requirement means that we've made the very difficult decision to not allow children under the age of 12 into the sanctuary at any time. Children from 3-7 can attend our outdoor children's programming with wraparound childcare on Rosh Hashanah Morning and Yom Kippur morning and children of all ages can attend the Taschlich and Shofar service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

If you test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days after attending in person, we ask that you let us know by emailing MalkhutHHDs@gmail.com so that we can allow other attendees to get tested.

By registering, you are promising that you  will not attend this event if you  have any of the following symptoms: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. You  will also not attend if you  have been diagnosed with covid-19 in the last 10 days; and unvaccinated children in your household will not attend if they have recently travelled to an area with high levels of covid-19 spread, been in close contact with someone who recently travelled to an area with high levels of covid-19 spread, or been in close contact with someone testing positive for covid-19. Additionally, you affirm that you will follow directions from Malkhut staff and designated volunteers regarding masking, physical distancing, and other COVID mitigation procedures.


Rabbi Goldenberg will lead us in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer, song and study, along with Music Director Kris Wettstein, Rabbinic Intern Emily Herzlin and many collaborators and co creators. All services are multi-access (in person at St. Marks Church and livestreamed on Zoom) unless otherwise noted:

Thursday, August 26th at 7:30 P.M. Supplemental event from our collaborators:  Taking Action for Chickens: Ethical Ritual and Kaporos (on Zoom) with Danielle Gold and the Queens Jewish Project..Panelists:·Hadassah DeJack-Reynolds, Rocky Schwartz, Dr. Laura Serbin Organizations, Tikkun Olam Farm Sanctuary- A Healing Community  Click HERE for details and registration.

Rosh Hashanah

Monday September 6th

7:30 P.M. -9:00 P.M.  Erev Rosh Hashanah (not your typical evening service!): Join us over Zoom to welcome in the New Year with blessings, song, interactive sharing and study. Study based on our theme and led by Rabbi G. will form the centerpiece of the evening. Make it a group activity and tune in from your festival table with family and friends, or join us on your own. This will not be a traditional evening service but will include traditional melodies, blessings for candles, kiddush, apples and honey, and for officially marking the New Year, and the sound of the shofar. (Zoom only)

Supplemental events from our collaborators: Two opportunities to gather in person for Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner before the Zoom Service
  • Brewery Meetup and Backyard Streaming with the Queens Jewish Project in Ridgewood/Bushwick. Fill out the separate registration form  HERE
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner with the Wandering Jews of Astoria. Outdoor restaurant or park location TBD. RSVP to chelseaphd.nyc@gmail.com

Tuesday September 7th

9:30 A.M. -12:30 P.M. Rosh Hashanah morning services: Prayer and singing, Torah reading, Sermon from Rabbi G., 

9:15 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Children’s Programming and Childcare (In person only)

Wednesday September 8th

5:30 P.M.-6:30 P.M  Tashlich with Shofar at Gantry State Park: 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)

Tuesday September 14th at 6:30 PM. Supplemental Event from our collaborators: Art Making Social. Join the Wandering Jews of Astoria during the Days of Awe to participate in some art making and community. We'll meet at the Astoria Beer Garden. RSVP directly to geny117@aol.com 

Yom Kippur

Wednesday September 15

7:30 P.M. -9:30 P.M Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) Services: Chanting of the Kol Nidre prayer with Noah Heau on cello, our first round of confessions and prayers for forgiveness, sermon from Rabbinic Intern Emily Herzlin

Thursday September 16

9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Yom Kippur morning services: Prayer and singing, Torah reading, sermon from Rabbi G.

9:15 A.M.- 12:30 P.M. Children's Programming and Childcare (In person only)

2:00 P.M. - 2:45 P.M .Breakout Session 1: Text study with WJOA's Chelsea Simon (In person only)

3:00 P.M. - 3:45 P.M. Breakout Session 2: Leonard Cohen's You Want it Darker with Malkhut's Susan Bernstein (Zoom only)

4:00 P.M. -4:45 P.M.Contemplative Mincha service: space to listen deeply to our hearts with nigun (wordless melody) and silence

5:00 P.M.-5:45 P.M,. Yizkor (Memorial service): honor and remember loved ones who have died

5:45 P.M -7:00 P.M. Neilah (Concluding service): close the 10 days of awe with final pleas for forgiveness and the sounding of the shofar, followed by a Covid-friendly break the fast.

Accessibility Information

Live transcription will be available for all Zoom services. An accessible  bathroom will be available for evening services. (At other times, we only have access to restrooms down a flight of stairs.) Please contact us if you need any other accommodations.


Please contact us at MalkhutHHDs@gmail. with any questions.

Malkhut's High Holy Days are a collaboration with the  Wandering Jews of Astoria and  Queens Jewish Project. They're funded by UJA-Federation of New York and supported by Kehillat Tikvah.

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.

Kehillat Tikvah: A Jewish Community of Hope is a congregation of individuals and families who seek to learn, explore, and sustain the teachings and practices of egalitarian Judaism, and to nurture a vibrant Jewish community here in Jackson Heights