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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 www.swfs.org/live

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

2018 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.

Selichot

Saturday, September 1, 2018: Erev Selichot
8:00 p.m.                Study and Reflection 
10:00 p.m.               Selichot Service

Selichot inaugurates the High Holiday season through poetic prayer and song. Please join our clergy for a stirring evening of study, reflection, and prayer.

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 9, 2018: Erev Rosh Hashanah
(free and open to the public with advance RSVP)
6:00 p.m.                         Early Service (sanctuary)*
8:30 p.m.                         Later Service (sanctuary)

Monday, September 10, 2018: 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 during adult sermon)
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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018: 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 14, 2018: Erev Shabbat Shuva
6:00 p.m.                           Shabbat Service (sanctuary)

Saturday, September 15, 2018: Shabbat Shuva
10:00 a.m.                         Shabbat Service (sanctuary)

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, September 18, 2018: 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 19, 2018: 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 during adult sermon)
11:45 a.m.                           Later Service
11:45 a.m.                           Adult Education with Rabbi Talia Avnon Ben Venisti
11:45 a.m.                           Adult Education with David Richter, PhD 
12:45 a.m.                           Adult Education with Rafa Yuste, MD, PhD
12:45 p.m.                           Adult Education with Tamar Naor 
3:00 p.m.                             Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel
3:15 p.m.                             Tot Service (families with children 5 and under)
3:15 p.m.                             Family Service (families with children 5-9)     
4:30 p.m.                             Afternoon Services with Yizkor 
5:15 p.m.                             Chofshi B'Manhattan Service
6:00 p.m.                             Neilah Service
6:40 p.m.                             Blessing new babies and children
7:10 p.m.                             Communal Break Fast

Sukkot

Sunday, September 23, 2018: Erev Sukkot
6:00 p.m.                             Erev Sukkot Service

Monday, September 24, 2018: Sukkot
10:00 a.m.                          Sukkot Morning Service
10:00 a.m.                          Tot Sukkot Service

Tuesday, September 25, 2018: Sukkot
6:00 p.m.                            Dinner in the Sukkot
  

Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Sukkot
6:00 p.m.                            Dinner in the Sukkot
  

Thursday, September 27, 2018: Sukkot
6:00 p.m.                            Dinner in the sukkah 

Simchat Torah

Sunday, September 30, 2018
6:00 p.m.                             Erev Simchat Torah Service and Dancing in the Street

Monday, October 1, 2018
10:00 a.m.                            Simchat Torah Service
10:00 a.m.                            Tot Simchat Torah Service

*babysitting available by registration
View High Holy Day forms for members.