Rosh HaShanah
September 9-11, 2018

Yom Kippur
September 18-19, 2018

General Information

A message from the President and Senior Rabbi

On Rosh Hashanah, anything can happen. Our tradition teaches that the world stands in judgment on that day, as the Holy Blessed One reviews the year that has passed. Over the course of ten days we, in tandem with the Judge of all the Worlds, reflect, recount, repent. All of the stuck old patterns are, for a moment, released. All of the harms, wrongs and sins can be healed. A new freedom enters the world, as profound change becomes possible. The future is ours. Facing the truth of our lives and the failures of our world, we pledge ourselves to a new beginning. In touch with our deepest goodness, we dream of what our lives and the world can be. Cleansed and refreshed, we set out to make it so. Rav Hama ben Hanina teaches, “Great is teshuva, for it brings healing to the world.”

Congregation Beth Elohim is delighted to offer a diverse range of opportunities welcoming all who wish to experience the Jewish High Holy Days. We are a Reform congregation that opens our doors to the broadest spectrum of backgrounds, denominations and beliefs. If you grew up secular, Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist or Reform; if you came to doubt the existence of God after a traditional or not-so-traditional religious upbringing; if you yearn for spirituality, seek rigor in your Judaism, or have deep questions of meaning; if the pull and power of Jewish music and song draw you to pray; if you are seeking Jewish community; if you are a Jew by choice; if you are not Jewish but have a Jewish spouse or are raising Jewish children; if you are simply curious about Judaism; however old or young you are; whether you have young children, teens, grown children, or no children; whether you are single or have a partner; we hope that you will feel that you have a place at CBE these High Holy Days.

Rob Raich, President
Rachel Timoner, Senior Rabbi

Service Descriptions

Main Services:
Our Main Services convene in the Sanctuary, and are primarily in Hebrew with some English. While children of all ages are welcome, this service is geared toward teens and adults.

Youth & Family:
The Youth & Family services are designed for ages 7-12, and meet the spiritual needs of parents and children alike. On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, we offer a service for families with children ages 5-9.

Children Ages 0-7:
For younger children, we offer two options: a Tots Service (ages 0-4) and a Children’s Service (ages 4-7). These interactive and music-based services include age-appropriate activities, prayers, and stories to accommodate our youngest cohort and their parents. These services typically last about an hour.

Childcare is available, but you must register in advance. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Register at

Brooklyn Jews:
Brooklyn Jews is CBE’s vibrant community of Jews in their 20’s and 30’s. Brooklyn Jews services on Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Day 2, and Yom Kippur Afternoon are held at CBE. Services on Rosh Hashanah Day 1, Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre), and Yom Kippur Morning are held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (286 7th Ave). Brooklyn Jews services are open to both CBE members and non-members, but additional registration is required. Register at:

Altshul is an independent egalitarian minyan that is part of the CBE community. Its lay-led services are guided by halacha and follow traditional liturgy. Altshul services are open to both CBE members and non-members, but additional registration is required. Altshul services are held in the Chapel. Register at

Member Tickets

All services require tickets for those ages 26 and above.
Members in good standing will have their tickets mailed to them on August 15. Each adult member will receive a ticket. Children under the age of 26 are not required to have tickets. Children over the age of 26 will need to become a CBE member or you can purchase guest tickets which must be ordered by August 31.

Tickets will allow entrance to the main services, the various family services and the Brooklyn Jews Services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. CBE members may also attend Altshul Services, but you must register for them separately as space is limited.

We will provide tickets for your out-of-town guests who are affiliated with a URJ congregation in their hometown. The tickets are issued through a reciprocal arrangement and should be requested by the guest directly from their home congregation.

Reciprocity Seating

CBE will assist you with making arrangements to attend services at a URJ affiliated congregation in another city. Please submit your request by August 31 to arrange this reciprocity:

Greeters and Ushers Needed

Are you a member who wants to get more involved but isn’t sure how? Would you enjoy meeting fellow congregants during the High Holy Days to wish them Shanah Tovah? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Sign up at:


We offer child care for children of CBE members during many of our services. Children must be between the ages of 2.5 and 5. Advanced registration is required and we will not accept walk-ins. Register at:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there assigned seating?
No, we do not have assigned seating at any of our services. We highly recommend that those with special seating needs arrive early so that we are able to assist you.
How do I get to CBE?
There is street parking, but it can be limited. Information on public transit and directions.
I’m not a member of any synagogue, but I would like to spend the holidays at CBE. What can I do?
This is a wonderful time to join! Please click here for information about CBE membership. If you’re not quite ready to join, you can purchase tickets for our Brooklyn Jews Services (welcoming services geared toward those in their 20’s-30’s) and/or the Altshul Services (traditional egalitarian services).
Tell me about security.
We provide extra security during the High Holy Days and all bags will be searched. No one will be permitted to enter any of our services without a ticket.
What if I lose my ticket or if I never received it in the mail?
Please contact us.
Which mahzor do you use?
We use Mahzor Lev Shalem, which we will provide for you at Services.