Atoning

Atoning For Nothing

As free High Holiday services catch on, more and more mainstream congregations are rethinking the old pay-to-pray model.

10/04/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

The Brooklyn Lyceum, a performance space on the outskirts of gentrified Park Slope, opened in 1910 as a public bathhouse. But this Friday night several hundred young Jews will file through the bar that leads to its 4,000-square-foot theater for Kol Nidre, the prelude service for Yom Kippur.

Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in the West Village has drawn thousands of worshippers to its free High Holiday services.
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