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About Our Services

Our annual free High Holy Day Services for Reform Jewish college students began in 1966. They are open to students, faculty, military people and other young men and women away from home. NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. For information on contributions, see our Donations page. For information on the future of Bernie's Services, see the Our Future page.

Our founders were Dr. Edward Jacobson, Irving Trubo and Arthur Siegel, members of the New York Metropolitan Conference of the North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods (now Men of Reform Judaism), an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Since New York City is a college Mecca, these gentlemen recognized a need for a Reform Jewish High Holy Day service for students and young adults away from home.

Bernie Silverman, past president of the New York Metropolitan Conference, was the Chairperson for the College Youth High Holy Days Committee for more than thirty years before he passed away in 2006. Bernie was a committed Jew and had a passionate interest in young people and their development. Bernie became the face of our High Holiday Services, and his warmth, generosity and great wit imbued every aspect of the Committee's work. Bernie's memory and spirit continue to be an inspiration and driving force behind these services.

Naomi Gale and Bernie Silverman

This is a once-a-year congregation. Services are held on Rosh Hashanah Evening, Rosh Hashanah Day, Yom Kippur Evening and Yom Kippur Day. On Yom Kippur Day, in addition to the service, there are a Teach-In and discussion groups and usually a musical performance. Services are relaxed and "congregants" participate in the readings. Since students and young adults come in all categories, and many graduate and post-doc students are married and have children, we welcome families.

Our posters are sent to over 180 local colleges and institutions of higher learning. Press releases are sent to the local Jewish press and other media. We encourage parents, grandparents, and others to send us the names of their students in NYC — and we will send them personal invitations.

Leonard A. Schoolman

Malcolm Cohen
Susan Cohen
Judith Dinerstein
Marlene Flom
Naomi Gale Silverman
Richard Kandel
Barbara Lidz
Craig Mende
Deborah Menit
Ellen Millman
Joel Millman
Charles Sedacca

Barbara Mende

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