High Holy Days

Each year, the High Holy Days frame a uniquely intimate and yet communal experience of God in our lives, unlike any other. This year, as incredible injustice surrounds us, we will come together in prayer and find strength to pursue a good, sweet new year as a bold spiritual community of resistance and love. We look forward to sharing the Days of Awe. 

A High Holy Day Message 

from Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, CBST Board President Gregg Passin, and Executive Director Yolanda Potasinski

High Holy Day Services Registration

Registration enables CBST to accommodate thousands of members and friends. Tickets are required for entry on Rosh Hashanah I Evening and Kol Nidre. Our Open Door policy is supported entirely by contributions—there is never a charge to attend CBST services. CBST Members’ seating section, closer to the bimah, is available until 15 minutes prior to start of services. Thereafter, all seating is open. On-site registration is available starting 45 minutes prior to start of services. To avoid lines, register online. Tickets will be mailed from Sept. 9 thru 19; thereafter tickets will be held at Will Call Tables.

To register by mail, print this form and send to the CBST Office (Mailing Address: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, 130 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001). 

Advance registration is required for Families with Children High Holy Days.

Special Needs? Advise us in advance: 212-929-9498 x822 or Accessibility@cbst.org.

Advance Registration for Break Fast 5780 $36 per person through August / $40 as of Sept. 1

About CBST Membership   

· fully tax deductible
· covers approx. 30% of CBST’s Operating Budget. Other contributions are vital.
· you may choose Continuing Membership- an automatic monthly plan
· you may choose to contribute once a year  
· CBST's long-standing, sliding scale policy means membership is accessible for everyone
- you determine what you are able to contribute (and you can change the amount at any time  
· enhanced Membership levels (not based on income) enable CBST to sustain our Fair Share program
· It’s easy to join or renew online at cbst.org/givejoin or contact Ruth at 212-929-9498 x 815 or Membership@cbst.org

CBST NER TAMID SOCIETY:  CBST is committed to the preservation of our cherished traditions, the bold pursuit of social justice, inspiring religious observance, pastoral care, educational programs, and social activities that serve our diverse community. Legacy gifts—bequests, trusts, annuities, retirement and insurance benefactor plans, gifts of real estate, and the like—significantly enhance our ability to implement all that we do and aspire to be. Each of us can leave a lasting legacy and create a meaningful tribute. Consider a Charitable Gift Annuity offered in collaboration with UJA-Federation of NY (offering tax benefits now, and lifetime income). Simply let us know of your plans—you will be recognized as a member of CBST’s Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) Society, reflecting a commitment midor l’dor, in Jewish tradition, generation to generation.  EMAIL giving@cbst.org to advise us that you have remembered CBST in your estate plans and approve acknowledgement as a Ner Tamid member in the Yom Kippur booklet.   

Watch videos and read drashot from past High Holy Day services.


Listen to a sample from our High Holy Days CD, "Return Again, Hashivenu"
Achat Sha'alti, Israel Katz, born 1930, sung by the CBST Community Chorus