Stephen Wise Free Synagogue offers a communal home where you can create a Jewish life for yourself and your family; a home where you can learn, pray, and do good deeds that help repair the world; and a place where you can experience the High Holy Days as deeply meaningful and enriching.

For those who can’t be with us for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur services, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is proud to live stream services on Facebook and at

Our Israeli outreach initiative, Chofshi B’Manhattan, hosts Hebrew-language services led by an Israeli rabbi and cantor

2017 High Holy Days 

Due to space limitations, membership and tickets are required for most Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. To inquire about membership, please contact   or 212-877-4050, ext. 223.


Saturday, September 16, 2017: Erev Selichot
8:00 p.m.                Study and Reflection 
10:00 p.m.               Selichot Service

Our guest artists from Buenos Aires, Cantors Diego Rubinsztein and Inés Kapustiansky, will lead us in song and reflection at our Selichot study program and services. Hazzan Diego Rubinsztein served the last twenty years as cantor and musical director at CIRA—Templo Libertad, the oldest synagogue in Buenos Aires. He is pianist, composer, and musical arranger who has recorded several CDs of Jewish spiritual music. He also produces musical shows and special events for the Argentine Jewish community and is the founder and director of Zamir, an organization that promotes Jewish music education in Latin America. Hazzanit Inés Kapustiansky became a cantor in 2009 through the Jewish Theological Seminary of Buenos Aires. She is the second woman to complete all her cantorial studies in Latin America. After graduation, she studied in Israel with prestigious teachers. She also serves as Jewish educational director at Buenos Aires Kehillat Dor Jadash, and teaches music to children of all ages while composing for school programs.

Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 20, 2017: Erev Rosh Hashanah
6:00 p.m.                         Early Service (sanctuary)
8:30 p.m.                         Later Service (sanctuary)

Thursday, September 21, 2017: Rosh Hashanah Day One
9:00 a.m.                          Early Service
9:00 a.m.                          Children’s Program (ages 5-9)
9:00 a.m.                          Pre-Teen Sermon (ages 10-13)
10:30-12:30 p.m.           Chofshi B'Manhattan Service
11:45 a.m.                        Later Service
2:45 p.m.                          Tot Service (Families with children 5 and under)
2:45 p.m.                          Family Service (Families with children 5-9)
3:45 p.m.                          Tashlich Service

Friday, September 22, 2017: Rosh Hashanah Day Two
(free and open to the public)
9:30 a.m.                          Adult Study with Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch
9:30 a.m.                          Tot Service (Families with children 5 and under)
9:30 a.m.                          Family Rosh Hashanah Service (Families with children
                                             ages 5-9)
11:15 a.m.                        Service and Sounding of Shofar
12:30 p.m.                        Tashlich Service rain date (if needed)

Friday, September 22, 2017: Erev Shabbat Shuva
6:00 p.m.                           Shabbat Service (sanctuary)

Saturday, September 23, 2017: Shabbat Shuva
10:00 a.m.                         Shabbat Service (sanctuary)

Yom Kippur

Friday, September 29, 2017: Kol Nidrei
6:00 p.m.                            Early Service (sanctuary)
7-9:00 p.m.                        Chofshi B'Manhattan Service
8:30 p.m.                            Later Service

Saturday, September 30, 2017: Yom Kippur
9:00 a.m.                             Early Service
9:00 a.m.                             Children’s Programs (ages 5-9)
9:00 a.m.                             Pre-Teen Sermon (ages 10-13)
11:45 a.m.                           Later Service
11:45 a.m.                           The Refugee Crisis with Erin Zaikis of IsraAid
11:45 a.m.                           Making the Resistance Last: Jewish Social Justice
                                                with Rachael Cain  
1:00 p.m.                             The Book of Jonah with Rabbi Rena Rifkin
2:00 p.m.                             The Refugee Crisis with Nili Besler of NATAN
2:00 p.m.                             Tikkun, Vidui and Slicha: A Journey Through Israel's 
                                                   Fiction and Poetry
with Rabbi Talia Ben Venisti
                                                (in light Hebrew)
2:45 p.m.                             Tot Service (families with children 5 and under)
2:45 p.m.                             Family Service (families with children 5-9)
3:00 p.m.                             Sin and Retribution with David Richter
3:00 p.m.                             "Mini" Design Lab: Homelessness and the NYC 
    Shelter System with The Greenhouse (Ages 14-18
                                                Yom Kippur ticket not required with RSVP)              
3:45 p.m.                             Afternoon Services with Yizkor 
4:45 p.m.                             Community Yizkor (open to the public)
5:15 p.m.                             Chofshi B'Manhattan Service
6:00 p.m.                             Neilah Service
6:40 p.m.                             Blessing new babies and children
7:15 p.m.                             Communal Break Fast


Wednesday, October 4, 2017: Erev Sukkot
6:00 p.m.                             Erev Sukkot Service

Thursday, October 5, 2017: Sukkot
10:00 a.m.                          Sukkot Morning Service
10:00 a.m.                          Tot Sukkot Service

Tuesday, October 10, 2017: Sukkot
6:00 p.m.                            Dinner in the Sukkot

Simchat Torah

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:00 p.m.                             Erev Simchat Torah Service and Dancing in the Street

Thursday, October 12, 2017
10:00 a.m.                            Simchat Torah Service
10:00 a.m.                            Tot Simchat Torah Service

View High Holy Day forms for members.