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.

View High Holy Days forms for members here.

To register your children for children's programming on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah or Kippur, please complete this form.

Stephen Wise is seeking volunteers to help us welcome and build our community by calling congregants to wish them a happy and sweet new year. To join in making calls, please contact our office at (212) 877-4050, ext. 280, or by emailing .

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 And if you'd like to follow along with your own siddur, we use "Mishkan HaNefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe."

2019 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 our membership coordinator, Donna Levine, at  or (212) 877-4050, ext. 223.


Saturday, September 21, 2019: Erev Selichot
8:00 p.m.                Havdalah
8:15 p.m.                Program featuring The Afro-Semitic Experience
9:15 p.m.                Reception
10:00 p.m.              Selichot Service

Selichot inaugurates the High Holy Days season through poetic prayer and song. Join our clergy for a moving, musical Selichot program and service featuring a special musical performance by The Afro-Semitic Experience. In their first Selichot performance in Manhattan in over a decade, the musical group’s Jewish and African-American musicians will merge gospel and Jewish liturgical melodies. Open to members and non-members, free of charge. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind evening! RSVP here.

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 29, 2019: Erev Rosh Hashanah
(free and open to the public with advance RSVP)
6:00 p.m.                         Early Service*
8:30 p.m.                         Later Service

Monday, September 30, 2019: 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 Schmooze (ages 10-13, during adult sermon only)
11:45 a.m.                        Later Service
2:45 p.m.                          Tot Service (children up to age 5 and families)
2:45 p.m.                          Family Service (ages 5-9 and families)
3:45 p.m.                          Tashlich Service — meet at Stephen Wise

Tuesday, October 1, 2019: 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 (children up to age 5 and families)
9:30 a.m.                          Family Rosh Hashanah Service (ages 5-9 and families)
11:15 a.m.                        Service and Sounding of Shofar
12:30 p.m.                        Tashlich Service rain date (if needed) — meet at Stephen Wise

Friday, October 4, 2019: Erev Shabbat Shuva
6:00 p.m.                           Shabbat Service

Saturday, October 5, 2019: Shabbat Shuva
10:00 a.m.                         Shabbat Service

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 8, 2019: Kol Nidrei
6:00 p.m.                            Early Service*
8:30 p.m.                            Later Service

Wednesday, October 9, 2019: Yom Kippur
9:00 a.m.                             Early Service*
9:00 a.m.                             Children’s Programs (ages 5-9)
9:00 a.m.                             Pre-Teen Schmooze (ages 10-13, during adult sermon only)
11:45 a.m.                           Later Service
11:45 a.m.                            Student Cantor Kalix Jacobson:
                                             "The Beginners Ethics of LGBTQ:
                                             Be a Better Ally in an Hour or Less" (Adult Library)
12:45 p.m.                            Rabbi Judith Bardack:
                                             "Jonah: Everyman as Prophet" (Adult Library)
1:45 p.m.                              Student Cantor Stefanie Greene:
                                             "Viddui: the Ethics of Collective Confession"
                                             (Adult Library)
2:45 p.m.                              David Richter:
                                             "How We Spell 'Holy':
                                             Personal Ethics, Social Justice, & Religious
                                             Observance in Leviticus 19" (Adult Library)
2:45 p.m.                              Rabbi Michael Mellen:
                                             "A Personal Ethic & How People Who Are
                                             So Different From Us Might Have Similar      
                                            Values" (Room 207)
2:45 p.m.                             Tot Service (children up to age 5 and families)
2:45 p.m.                             Family Service (ages 5-9 and families)
3:45 p.m.                             Afternoon Services with Yizkor
3:45 p.m.                             Community Yizkor for non-members  
6:00 p.m.                             Neilah Service
6:40 p.m.                             Blessing new babies and children
7:10 p.m.                             Communal Break Fast


Sunday, October 13, 2019: Erev Sukkot
6:00 p.m.                             Erev Sukkot Service

Monday, October 14, 2019: Sukkot
9:30 a.m.                            Tot Sukkot Service
10:00 a.m.                          Sukkot Morning Service

Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Sukkot
5:30 p.m.                            Bring Your Own Dinner in the Sukkah (RSVP required)

Thursday, October 17, 2019: Sukkot
5:30 p.m.                           Bring Your Own Dinner in the Sukkah (RSVP required)

Simchat Torah

Sunday, October 20, 2019
6:00 p.m.                             Erev Simchat Torah Service and Dancing

Monday, October 21, 2019
9:30 a.m.                             Tot Simchat Torah Service
10:00 a.m.                           Simchat Torah Service

*babysitting available by advance registration