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Frequently Asked Questions
The services are free for students and military personnel away from home. For information on contributions, see our Donations page.
Who pays for the services?
Our services are funded by donations. For more information, see our Donations page.
Are both men and women welcome?
Who was Bernie?
Bernard "Bernie" Silverman was the chair, and the inspiration, of the College Youth High Holy Days Committee for more than thirty years before he passed away in September 2006. To learn more about him, click here.
Do I need a ticket for the services?
What do I need?
Students must bring a valid student ID. All others must bring a photo ID to get into the services. And you must bring it for each service you attend.
What shouldn't I bring?
Don't bring large bags or backpacks. Don't bring food or drinks.
Do I have to sign in?
Yes. Please be prepared to print your name and email address on our sign-in sheet at each service you attend. And please print legibly!
How should I dress?
Dressy clothes are not required; but if that's what you choose to wear, do so. Men may wear shirts and long pants, suits or sports jackets, if they choose; ties are optional. Women may wear dresses, skirts, slacks, or suits.
What about a yarmulke or tallit?
Neither is required. Some people choose to wear yarmulkes. A few may be available at the entrance, but it is best to bring your own if you want to wear a yarmulke. Most people do not don a tallit. None will be available at the entrance; if you want one, bring your own.
Is this a regular congregation?
It is a congregation that has been gathering each year, since 1966, for High Holy Day services. It is an ongoing once-a-year congregation.
Why are the services in a church?
St. Bartholomew's Church has graciously made its facilities available to us. Rabbi Leonard A. Schoolman helped establish a unique inter-religious education program at St. Bart's. Although Rabbi Schoolman now directs a program for a different organization, St. Bart's has continued to offer its facilities for our services.
Will there be a reception after any of the services?
There will be a reception with coffee, tea and light snacks in the St. Bart's courtyard after the Erev Rosh Hashanah service. There will be a light breaking of the fast with Rabbi Schoolman after the closing Ne'ilah service on Yom Kippur.
What if I have more questions?