East Midwood Jewish Center’s High Holy Days schedule of services and events grows this year with the addition of a new service sensitive to persons with a variety of needs. Their Sunday, September 8th service is between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, from 11:00 to noon. Cantor Sam Levine, with the assistance of friends from the EMJC community, will lead a lively and engaging service of prayer, Torah, song, story, music-making, and shofar blowing in a supportive atmosphere full of holiday joy.
Most of these services require registration or reservations. Check websites for details. Also see the calendar listings on pages 14-16 for low-cost services in your area.
Chabad houses across the New York area also offer services — some are free
and many request a donation. Visit chabad.org for listings and information.
As the recession drags on,
more people seeking free holiday services —
and more institutions are offering them.
When Rabbi Mathew Hoffman of the Jewish Flame, an outreach organization, put an advertisement in the Pennysaver magazine for his free High Holy Day services, he got an unexpected response.
“A Jewish woman called up, and said she didn’t have food to eat,” said Rabbi Hoffman, who will be leading the group’s Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services beginning next week in New Rochelle. “My wife cleaned out her freezer and got donations from a neighbor and ran right over with a care package.”