Congregation Emanuel Observes High Holidays, Welcomes Community Participation

As the Jewish community comes together in observance of the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley doors are open to all, members and guests. The intergenerational services will offer joyous and inspiring songs, prayers and the blasts of the shofar. A donation is appreciated.

The Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah, 5779, will begin on Sunday, September 9, at 7:30 pm. Rabbi Yael Romer will officiate with Cantor Robert Cohen providing musical accompaniment . Rabbi Yael’s sermon will be “When Officiating at a Jewish Wedding Became a Crime.”

Rosh Hashanah services will resume the following morning from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm with Rabbi Yael delivering a sermon entitled, “Shut Those Women Up.” The Synagogue will have Children services led by Religious School Director, Samara Gilman, from 10 am to 11 am,. Following morning services, there will be an opportunity to bring questions, listen and learn for a “Dialogue with the Rabbi.”

Congregation Emanuel celebrates the New Year with traditional and alternative practices. Following services on September 10th, the congregation will gather at water’s edge to observe, Tashlich, an earthy experience of renewal. Join the congregants for the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah, which will be observed outdoors at Poet’s Walk in Red Hook. This very special experience includes guided walking meditation, an abbreviated service at the Gazebo and the inspiration of the sounds of the shofar echoing over the river and toward the mountains.

The Holist day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, will commence on Tuesday evening, September 18th with Kol Nidre Services at 7:00 pm. Rabbi Yael will speak on “Being A Good Steward and Living in Balance with the Earth.” Services will resume the following morning, Wednesday, September 19th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Throughout the day there will be contemplative prayer, special services for Children from 10 to 11 am led by our Religious School Director, Samara Gilman. Mid-day at 1 pm, Rabbi Yael will offer Guided Meditation followed by dialogue with the Rabbi at 2 pm. This will allow for intellectual exploration on various topics. The afternoon Services will start at 3:30 pm, followed by the Memorial, “Yiskor” Services at 4:30 pm and the concluding Neilah Service at 5:30 pm. Services will conclude at sundown with a community break-the-fast, sponsored by the Synagogue’s Sisterhood.

This is an opportunity for the community to observe the Jewish Holidays and meet Congregation Emanuel Clergy and officers. Congregation Emanuel is located at 243 Albany Avenue in Kingston.

Please contact the Synagogue office at 845-338-4271 or go to for additional holiday information.