Looking ahead to the High Holidays

Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 20 (6:30 pm service), and Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22 (8:00 am service start both days). Yom Kippur begins on Friday, September 29 with Kol Nidre (5:45 pm service) and then Saturday, September 30 (9:00 am service). Our services will be conducted by Rabbi Matt Carl and Cantor Sam Levine, along with our new Assistant Cantor Julia Ostrov in our beautiful Sanctuary.

We invite you to join us, and you can reserve your seat online with this form. For each seat in the Main Sanctuary, a ticket is $125 for members and $175 for nonmembers of East Midwood Jewish Center. Each ticket covers all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

You can order tickets online at our Square store here, with a check or credit card via the office or by mail using this form. If you attended last year, you may request the same seats. We will mail tickets to you, unless you request otherwise.

Other services options include the following — free, but please RSVP by emailing info@emjc.org:
• Barrier-Free Learning Service: Sunday, September 17 at 10:30am
• Attendees with hearing difficulties: Our ushers will provide a very useful headphone listening device at no charge. If needed, please let us know when ordering your tickets.
• Russian Service, September 30: There will be 9:30am Yizkor and 5:30pm Neilah services in Russian in the Crystal Ballroom in the School Building.
• High school and college age youth visiting from out of town are welcome to attend all our services at no charge or may get together in the Beth Hamidrash for their own services. Reservations are required to guarantee seating. You will be assigned to the sanctuary’s balcony as space permits.

• Children’s Services Options:
o Ages 0-6 and their parents: We offer either an informal creative play New Year program, led by early childhood specialist Joanne Riel, starting at 10:00 am in the 3rd floor Playroom, or our parent-led Rosh Hashanah Katan Service in the Dr. Fersko Room on the 3rd floor from 11 to 11:45 am both days.
o Children ages 7-12: Audrey Korelstein, EMJC’s Director of Youth & Family Education, will guide children ages 7-12 through an age appropriate exploration of the meaning of these holy days. This program will take place in the Dr. Fersko Room on the 3rd floor from 10:30 to 11 am. On Rosh Hashanah, all the young children’s services conclude with apples, honey, juice and challah.
o On Yom Kippur, the Regency Room on the second floor will be set up as a quiet space to support family members who are attending Sanctuary services. Following Joanne’s and Audrey’s programs, children will relocate to the Regency room for conversation, quiet play and board games. Children under Bar/Bat Mitzvah age will be served a simple lunch.

In addition to seating reservations, this online form has opportunities for:
• New Year’s Greetings: your name will be included on a card distributed to our congregation
• Book of Remembrance: to remember loved ones, your name and their name(s) will be included in this book distributed at Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah services
• Kol Nidre Appeal: to support essential building repairs and other efforts to maintain our nearly 100-year-old building and congregation for many years to come
• Children’s Programming Support: Although our High Holiday services for children are free, we would appreciate a donation in support of these important programs for families.

Best wishes to you and your family for a shanah tovah u’metukah, a happy, healthy and sweet 5778.
We look forward to greeting you at our beloved shul during Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and other occasions.

Ed Guterman, Chair, High Holiday Ticket Committee
Matt Carl, Rabbi
Samuel Levine, Cantor