Are these services really free?
The services are free for students and military personnel away from home. Other men and women are welcome, but we ask them to make contributions. For information on contributions, see our Donations page.
Who pays for the services?
Who was Bernie?
Bernard “Bernie” Silverman was the chair, and the inspiration, of the College Youth High Holy Days Committee for more than thirty years before he passed away in September 2006. To learn more about him, click here.
Do I need a ticket for the services?
What about security?
Do I have to sign in?
Yes. Please be prepared to print your name and email address on our sign-in sheet at each service you attend. And please print legibly!
How long do services last?
How long do services last? On Rosh Hashanah eve, the service, which begins at 6 p.m. will last about 75 minutes. Rosh Hashanah morning, about 2 hours. Yom Kippur eve (Kol Nidre), about 2 hours. Yom Kippur Day, the morning service is followed immediately by Yizkor, about two and a half hours. On Yom Kippur afternoon, there is a study session beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Concluding service, which ends at about 5:45 p.m. (Click here for the detailed service schedule.)
How should I dress?
What about a yarmulke or tallit?
What kind of music do we have?
Traditional High Holy Day music is sung by a quartet for professional singers. They are led by Dr. Jason Roberts, who is the director of choristers at St. Bartholomew’s Church and associate director of music there. He is a graduate of Rice University, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and Manhattan School of Music. We welcome full-throated participation in the service.
Who conducts the services?
Is this a regular congregation?
Feel free to email us if you have any additional questions.