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High Holydays

Our High Holyday services, now in their third decade, are renowned for their passion, inspiration, joy, depth, and enlightenment that move all in attendance and leave people talking about them for months afterwards.

In 2015 Rosh Hashanah is Monday Sept 14th and Yom Kippur is Wednesday Sept 23rd. Both services begin at 10:00 AM. Doors open at 9:30 AM. The services are held at the Sanctuary 1157 Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th streets on Manhattan. For further information please call 212-606-4066.

We were featured in The Wall Street Journal article

The Gospel Sounds of Jewish New Year

This year we are most honored and privileged that award winning Broadway and TV composer Gary William Friedman’s music including Shma, Hineh Ma Tov, May The Words, Alenu, Eytz Chayim Hee will be a central part of the Rosh Hashanah service.

Gary William Friedman is a versatile composer best known for his groundbreaking score for the TONY nominated, OBIE award winning musical THE ME NOBODY KNOWS.

His Outer Circle Critic’s Award winning off-Broadway musical, TAKING MY TURN, was chosen for presentation on PBS Television’s Great Performance Series.

His orchestral, operatic and dance works have been commissioned and performed at venues including Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lancaster Music Festival and Columbus Symphony.

Recent premieres include Butterfly: A Musical Journey of Hope, Friedman’s orchestral settings of poems written by children incarcerated in Theresienstadt and The Raven inspired by works of Edgar Allen Poe. A selection of his symphonic works is available on the CD, Colloquy.

Friedman is also celebrated as the composer of several liturgical works. He has also co-produced, composed original material for several internationally acclaimed jazz recordings by his wife Stevie Holland.

Gary served as musical director for TV’s “The Electric Company” for which he wrote many songs including the popular “Spider Man Theme Song.”  Gary William Friedman has been hailed as a “composer who has mastered his craft”, whose music “successfully combines accessibility with artistic integrity, lyricism with abstraction, and abundant heart with refined design.”