2016 − 5777
We will present the High Holiday services this year just as we have done for the last 50 years. However, our future beyond that is in flux. We will post updated information here as we have it.
These services are organized by the High Holy Days Committee of the New York Metropolitan Conference of the Men of Reform Judaism, under the auspices of the Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ), formerly The North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods. These services are funded by attendees and other donors.
Our High Holiday services have had record attendance in recent years, and our attendees and other donors have shown tremendous generosity, providing all of the financial support needed to rent the venue for our services and other high holiday activities, to fund our publicity, website and other student outreach efforts, and secure the services of our wonderful rabbi and musicians.
However, while the services have been financially self-sustaining, the MRJ itself is reorganizing and is unable to continue presenting these services. The Committee, with the blessing of the MRJ president earlier this year, is seeking alternatives, including other Reform Jewish organizations that would be able to organize annual free high holiday services for students and other young adults away from home after this year. In the meantime, no new donations are being taken for the services. We will post further information on this page as we have it.
We again thank all of the generous supporters who have helped fund our High Holiday services over many years, and all the students and former students who have attended the services and helped create our "once-a-year congregation" and community. We also thank the past MRJ management and everyone at the Union of Reform Judaism, as well as Rabbi Schoolman, Dr. Jason Roberts and all of the fine singers, the entire St. Bart's organization, and Central Synagogue and Temple Emanu-el for all the help and support you have provided.
We have been proud to carry on the work of Bernie Silverman in welcoming Reform Jewish students away from home to celebrate the high holidays and maintain their ties to Reform Judaism.
− The High Holy Days Committee