High Holy Days


Arise and Build! Malkhut's High Holy Days 2020/5781

Image credit: Jonny Goldstein
translation of Hebrew "Nakum U'Vaninu" = "Arise and Build!" from Nehemiah 2:18


Celebrate with us at home this year.  Rabbi Goldenberg will be leading Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services on Zoom, along with Music Director Kris Wettstein and many collaborators and cocreators. We’ll also be hosting other online events for all ages before and during the Holy Days where you can learn, create, and connect with others in the community. And, to give you a break from screen time, we’re developing other resources to help you celebrate and find meaning on your own time.

Malkhut’s High Holy Days  are a collaboration with Kehillat Tikvah, Wandering Jews of Astoria, and the Queens Jewish Project.  Our High Holy Days are supported by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.

“Arise and build!” Our People proclaimed these words, galvanized by the prophet Nehemiah to rebuild their destroyed Temple, their destroyed city after generations of exile.  These words inspire our theme for the High Holy Days this year as we commit to rising up amidst the destruction, the suffering and the injustices that have been laid bare in our lives and our world during this pandemic crisis. Before COVID hit, we may have thought we were safe, comfortable, protected. But the structures of democracy, of safety nets, of our systems of health and education and public safety were already showing their cracks, and crumbling. To look at these truths is profoundly anxiety-inducing. And at the same time, when we can be with the ruins, the possibility of building utterly new structures comes into view. We can “Arise and build!”

Services are open to all but registration is required. There’s no membership or donation requirement and everyone is welcome. But you do need to register. We’ll send you the Zoom link and password by email after you register. 

Creating your prayer space for the High Holy Days:With the current health pandemic, and restrictions on group gatherings, our kitchens have become our classroom, our basements are our yoga studios, and the dining room has become our office. Where then, is our synagogue?The rabbis asked this same question right after the destruction of the Temple. Without a localized place of worship, how could we pray together? We are the inheritors of their answer: our home. Click HERE for tips on how to create both that spiritual mindset and that spiritual refuge.And click HERE for a list of things you may want to have with you, especially for Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Tech support and help with Zoom: You’ll need a free Zoom account in order to join on your laptop and phone. You can sign up for Zoom HERE.  If you'd like some help getting set up with Zoom, please contact us before the holidays and we'll connect you with a volunteer who can offer assistance over the phone. During services, tech support will be available via the Zoom chat box.

Accessibility Information: We'll have closed captioning available during most of our Zoom services and will display the words to most prayers and songs. Please contact us if there are other accommodations you need. 

Schedule and Resources

Pre-Rosh Hashanah

Pre-holiday Happy Hour Monday September 14th 8:00P.M.- 8:45 P.M
Learn how to make honey-appletinis (or an alcohol-free mocktail version) with Queens Jewish Project’s Danielle Gold. Register separately HERE

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah Friday September 18th

7:00 PM- 8:30 PM Erev Rosh Hashanah festival gathering (not your typical evening service!)

Enter the New Year in community as we join in blessings, song, sharing, study and contemplation. Study and contemplation based on our theme and led by Rabbi Goldenberg and Emily Herzlin will form the centerpiece of the evening. There will be a number of opportunities to interact with each other throughout the evening. Feel free to join us from your Rosh Hashanah table and enjoy your festival meal while you participate on zoom. 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.

Click HERE for a list of things you may want to have with you for Erev Rosh Hashanah

First Day of Rosh Hashanah Saturday September 19th 

9:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M. Prayer, singing, Torah reading and Shofar service

2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah Sunday September 20th

9:30 A.M.  Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Zoom Service with Kehillat Tikvah . JCJH is an egalitarian, conservative synagogue with a more traditional service.  To register, email lsilberman@gmail.com  with "Second Day Rosh Hashanah as per KT announcement" in the subject line.

10:00 A.M.- 11:15A.M. Arise! Children’s Programming.Rabbi Goldenberg, Music Director Kris Wettstein, and Children’s Learning Program Coordinator Marina Bardash Nebro will lead families in storytelling, artmaking, music, and movement. Register HERE for children’s programming.

1:30 P.M- 2:30 P.M. Text study with Meredith Nicholson from the Wandering Jews of Astoria. We'll be using the story of Hannah in the Book of Samuel- the haftorah portion for Rosh Hashanah to examine our own internal biases, their implications, and how we may able to move forward- especially in this current political climate

On your own time

Taschlich Radio Hour A podcast for making your way to a body of water for Tashlich, the High Holiday ritual of casting away. Another for returning home. Part one hosted by Lisa Huberman, part two by Andrew Mandel. Download the audio files HERE.

PJ Library's High Holidays at Home guide for households with young children. Click HERE.

The Ten Days/ Between Holy Days

Tuesday, September 22nd 6:00 P.M- 9:00 P.M. Transformative Art-Making Tashlich. In this workshop,  the Wandering Jews of Astoria’s Jennifer Verbit and Malkhut’s Lisa Huberman will lead you in a process of  using water to turn your struggles over the past year into beautiful works of art to inspire your growth in the year to come.  Register separately HERE.

Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur Sunday, September 27

7:30 P.M.- 9:30 P.M Kol Nidre service

Yom Kippur Monday, September 28 

9:30 A.M.- 1:30 P.M. Prayer, Torah reading, Yizkor (Memorial) Service at approximately 12:45 P.M.

2:30-3:45 Build! Children’s Programming  Marina Bardash Nebro will be leading families in storytelling, artmaking, and mindfulness. Click HERE to register for Children’s Programming.

4:00 P.M.- 4:45 P.M. Meditation with Emily Herzlin

5:00 P.M.- 5:45 P.M. Text study with Deva Estin

6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Neilah concluding service Click HERE for a list of things you may want to have on hand during Neilah.

8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. Break the Fast with Jewish Food Stories. Lisa Huberman and Danielle Gold invite you to share with how you will be breaking your fast this year. Bring yourself, your meal, and a few sentences about why you chose this particular dish (or dishes) to break your fast. 

About Malkhut and Our Collaborators

Click on the name of each organization to learn more.

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.

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, Queens.

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.