September 2, 2020

Dear Friends,

The impact of Social Distancing will be to limit in-person High Holiday attendance to 18 men downstairs and 18 women upstairs.

We are therefore working on a system that will permit at-home participation, in which clicking a High Holiday Live button on the Synagogue’s webpage (GreenwichVillageSynagogue.org.) will offer the at-home participant a view of the prayer-book page to which the cantor is turned as well as his live audio.

That login will have to be made well before the Holidays commence and will permit the participation of thousands.

Hopefully, this notification will encourage participation on a grand scale.

Shalom and Kol Tuv,

 

Herman Lowenhar

 


SCHEDULE OF SERVICES THROUGH SIMCHAT TORAH 2020 – 5781

ServicesCandle LightingEnds
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 18 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5781)6:38 PM
First Day Rosh Hashanah
Saturday, September 198:30 AMafter 7:32 PM
Shofar11:45 AM
Tashlich5:00 PM
Mincha6:00 PM
Second Day Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 208:30 AM7:30 PM
Mincha6:15 PM
Fast of Gedalia
Monday, September 215:30 AM7:14 PM
Wednesday, September 236:15 PM
Thursday, September 249:30 AM7:12 PM
Erev Yom Kippur –Kol Nidre
Sunday, September 276:00 PM6:23 PMFast begins 6:25 PM
Yom K​ippur
Monday, September 288:30 AM
Yizkor12 Noon
Mincha (Yonah)4:15 PM
Neilah6:00 PMFast ends 7:17 PM
Wednesday6:04 PM
Shabbat Shuvah -Haazinu
Friday, September 259:30 AM
 
Erev Sukkot
Friday, October 26:00  PM6:01 PM
Sukkot 1st  & 2nd Days
Saturday, October 39:30 AMafter 6:58 PM
Sunday, October 49:30 AM
Mincha5:15 PM
Chol HaMoedMonday, October 5 – Thursday, October 8
Monday, October 56:15 PM6:05 PM
Saturday, October 10Yizkor
Sunday, October 116:15 PM7:15 PM
Shemini Atzeres
Friday, October 99:30 AMafter 6:48 PM
Yizkor12 noon
Mincha5:30 PM
Hakofos7:15 PM7:01 PM
Simchat Torah
Saturday, October 109:30 AM
Sunday, October 116:15 PM5:55 PM7:01 PM

 

During the year,  the synagogue is open from late Friday afternoon, with candle lighting 18 minutes before sunset as that varies through the seasons. Sabbath and Holiday Services commence at 9:30 am, with Torah reading at around 10:30.  The Mussaf Service concludes at 11:30, followed by a Kiddush with wine and brownies and, for those who stay, an excellent lunch that is both ample and varied. Join us in prayer at this delightful, historic architectural gem that seems to elicit spontaneous prayer from all who enter what-ever their religion – or even lack thereof. Google congregation darech amuno, offers navigable, 360 degree inside and outside views. Sabbath frequently brings tourists, who learn to their surprise that the root concept of the West , that there is a single, moral G-D, who rewards or chastises each individual according to his actions,  originated not in ancient Greece or Rome, but in  ancient Israel and that our exile served to found the West.

They are also astonished to learn that in verse 5708 of the Torah (equivalent to 1948) G-D promises to return the scattered exiles of Israel to their ancestral land and there to increase and prosper them. Who in 1945 would have thought it possible, yet Israel today is proof of His faithfulness.  It is as though, post WWII, G-D, who now speaks in post-biblical deeds, said to the world “I gave you free will and look what you did with it! Now it’s my turn.”

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