High Holidays at GHC - Free Children’s services

Published: Monday, September 19, 2011 7:00 am By: Betty Krulik

The High Holidays at the Greenburgh Hebrew Center are always spirited, joyful, and welcoming. There are many service options available for children, families and adults.

Saturday night, September 24 at 9:00 p.m. Havdalah, then we will be viewing and discussing parts of the Oscar winning "The Mission" (1986) featuring Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons and Ray McAlly. A brief physical and spiritual healing service and the traditional Selihot service will follow. Join us as we help each other and our loved ones who are ill to enter the New Year with renewed physical, mental, and spiritual vigor and strength.

Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday, September 28 at sundown and continues Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30. Services on September 28 begin at 6:00pm and on Thursday, September 29 and Friday September 30 morning services begin at 8:30 am. All Young children’s services for both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur begin at 10 am, they are as follows (these are free, no tickets required): Holiday for Baby (ages 0-2), Tot Shabbat (ages 3-5), and Kiddush Kids (grades K-2); Junior Congregation (grades 3-7). Babysitting is available by reservation only; please reserve with the synagogue office.

Tashlich, the symbolic casting of sins by tossing pieces of bread into a body of flowing water, takes place on Thursday, September 29, the first day of Rosh Hashanah, at Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park at 4:30pm. This is a great event for the family and is open to the public. The Young Families Group will be hosting games and relay races.

Kol Nidre is Friday evening, October 7 at 5:45 pm. Yom Kippur morning services begin at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 8. All Kids services begin at 10:00 am. Yizkor is approximately 11 am. Afternoon services begin at 4:30 pm, followed by Neilah, the concluding service, at 6:00 pm.

The Greenburgh Hebrew Center is now part of the Gateway plan, offering reduced, affordable membership in both the synagogue and the JCC on the Hudson. Participants in Gateway receive holiday tickets for all of the holiday services. Free Courtesy Memberships are also available to families whose oldest child is registered in our Religious School in Grades K – 2, or our Nursery School. Please contact the synagogue for more information on Gateway and Courtesy membership.

The Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a conservative synagogue and has daily services that are spirited, egalitarian and participatory. The membership is a friendly and welcoming community. Please call the synagogue office at 914-693-4260 for more information.