High Holidays Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley accept reciprocal forms from members of other synagouges?

Yes! We are honored to welcome congregants visiting from synagogues all over the world. To reserve a ticket, go to our online ticketing portal and request your tickets. We ask for a letter from your home congregation indicating you are a member in good standing. This can be emailed to us at templeemanuelaa@hvc.rr.com or bring a copy with you the first day you will be attending. 

Is Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley an accessible and inclusive space?

Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley is always working towards a completely inclusive environment. Our main sanctuary, chapel, social hall, entrance, coat room, first-floor classrooms, and private bathroom are accessible for wheelchair users. The first-floor bathroom is private and open to all genders. For members and guests who need a quiet area, we will have a designated quiet room with comfortable seating. We will have large print prayer books and inserts available at the welcoming desk. We always include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options in our oneg refreshments, as well as readily non-alcoholic grape juices. If you need any assistance, please visit the welcoming desk and one of our volunteers will work to ensure your access and safety. 

Can I pay for tickets the day of services?

Yes, we warmly welcome all who wish to join us in prayer, contemplation, and renewal during the high holidays. The only days we require tickets are the first days of Rosh Hashanah (9/30) and Yom Kippur (10/7).

Why do you charge for tickets?

At Congregation Emanuel we are committed to being of service to all in need of sanctuary and home during the Hugh Holidays. During the high holidays, we must employ additional staff, including childcare professionals, security guards, and musical accomponiasts to ensure that our legendary services are beautiful, safe, and comfortable for all. We also use additional resources, including refreshments, printing, and equipment rental. As a small but dedicated congregation, tickets are essential for our sustainability.

However, we will never turn anyone away for lack of funds. Please contact us at templeemanuelaa@hvc.rr.com / 845-338-4271 if you would like to attend, but need assistance with your tickets. Communication will be handled with sensitivity and confidentiality. 

Is it okay to bring my child to services? Is their childcare availible?

The short answer is YES! The long answer is YES, and we have options. Children of all ages are welcome in the main sanctuary at all times, and that includes fussy infants and toddlers. We will have services, led by our religious school director, for children birth-7 and for youth 7-19 at 10am.

We also have free childcare available from 9:30am-12:30pm on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. If your children are going to childcare, we require that you bring them in, complete the sign-in form please make sure you sign in, and keep your phone on vibrate in case the attendants need to reach you. For everyone's safety, children are not allowed to leave childcare without being signed out by their designated adult. This is an excellent opportunity for your children to participate in age-appropriate, engaging, and fun High Holiday activities while you are in services.

What time is Kol Nidre/Shabbat Shuvah/Ereve Rosh Hashanah, etc?

Our full schedule, including Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Elul observances, is posted online and will be updated regularly with any new developments. 

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