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Commemorate the High Holidays at Shearith Israel. Learn about our special traditions, view detailed prayer schedules, reserve seats for services, and explore classes and lectures delivered by our clergy.

Our High Holiday Traditions

On Rosh Hashanah and Kippur, the sanctuary takes on a special aura of purity and holiness. The Torah scrolls are dressed in white silk cloaks, and the Myer Myers Rimonim grace the Torah scrolls.

High Holiday Seating and Reservations

Full Members, Associate Members and Guests may purchase High Holiday seats for our main and parallel services. 

Lulabim Orders

Purchase your lulab and etrog set.

High Holiday Prayer Schedules

View detailed prayer schedules for Rosh Hashanah and Kippur.

High Holiday Programming for Children

While the adults of the congregation are enjoying the beautiful tefillah of the High Holy Days in the sanctuary, we have wonderful, fun, and educational learning activities as well as youth-led tefillah for the children.

Holiday Offerings

We traditionally make offerings during the High Holiday season.  These offerings are a beautiful way to memorialize or pay tribute to loved ones and help maintain our synagogue.

Co-Sponsor our Shabbat Teshuba Kiddush


We invite you to attend our annual Shabbat Teshuba Derasha delivered by Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik, during morning services on the Shabbat before Kippur, and welcome sponsorships for the kiddush following the derasha.

Intro To Shofar

Learn about the customs and laws of blowing the shofar.

Sisterhood Succah Decoration

Our unique open air Elias Room succah is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Teens and adults, women and men, are invited to help decorate in preparation for the Succot Festival. 

Chatham Square Cemetery

The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita. 

Emma Lazaraus

Emma Lazarus is best known for her famous poem, “The New Colossus,” inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty.