Shuls, Zooms and nightclubs: Where to do High Holiday services in New York City in 2021

Sim Shalom High Holiday services were highlighted in the Jewish Week.

” Or skip the synagogues entirely. 

One exciting aspect of Jewish life in New York City is that there are pop-up efforts to offer new experiences all the time. That’s true even during a pandemic. We’ve rounded up a few of the non-synagogue options for High Holiday worship here.

A jazz service in a nightclub: Rabbi Steven Blane worked in synagogues for years, but over time he became disillusioned with traditional structures of American Jewish life. Now he leads the Sim Shalom Jewish Universalist Online Synagogue, which bills itself as “liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy.” Backed by a jazz quintet, Blane will be leading services at the Bitter End, the Greenwich Village nightclub, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. For Kol Nidre and a prefast meal, the group will be meeting at Silvana, an Israeli restaurant in Harlem. Tickets range in price and are required for all services including on Zoom; the city’s vaccination rules for nightclubs and restaurants will be observed. ”

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