High Holidays at Chabad Upper East Side



September 2020 / Elul 5780

Dear Friends,

On behalf of my family and myself I would like to bless you and all of your loved ones with the traditional Rosh Hashanah greeting: May you be written and inscribed for the year 5781 in the book of life for a sweet, healthy, happy and prosperous new year.

This year Rosh Hashana begins on Shabbat which is a day of rest, a day of delight and a day of pleasure which sets the tone for the entire year. Having survived a one in a hundred years plague and pandemic that devastated our lives, businesses, cities and communities, Hashem surely has in store for us all of the blessings listed in the Yom Kippur Mussaf prayer based on the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alpha Bet: A year of light,  blessing, rejoicing, ... song, delight, goodness, deliverance, sustenance, learning, rest, comfort, joy and the plague being held back from us.

Rosh Hashana celebrates the creation of the world. According to Nachmanides every day of creation represents a millennium. Accordingly this year 5781 in the global calendar is late Friday afternoon right before the Shabbat. In Talmudic times they would blow the shofar a few times before the Shabbat to signal that it's time to stop work, close the stores, go home and prepare for Shabbat.

For the first time in history Hashem has shut down the entire world, sent everyone home to prepare for the ultimate Shabbat, the coming of Moshiach. We have been counting down to Shabbat from day one. The excitement is in the air. The climax, peak and culmination of the entire week is upon us. We are at the edge of our seat, about to read the last chapter of this page turner and discover the surprise ending that will make sense of all of Jewish history. It's happening. It's real. And as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson ob”m said, all we need to do is to open our eyes and realize that Moshiach is unfolding before our very eyes.

I appeal to you to become a full-fledged partner in our efforts to inspire every Jew to come home to a place they never truly left. When Moshiach comes no Jew will be left behind and every last one will be redeemed together with the entire Jewish people and the entire world. Please help us reach all 70,000 Jews living on the Upper East Side so that every Jew could proudly greet Moshiach.

May the Almighty repay you and all your loved ones with His abundant and infinite blessing for good health, joy and much success in all of your endeavors. In the merit of your generous tzedakah may we indeed merit to hear the ultimate sound of the shofar that will herald the coming of Moshiach now.

With blessings for a Shanah Tovah to you and to all your loved ones,

Rabbi Ben Tzion Krasnianski 



Welcome to Chabad Upper East Side High Holiday Services. Over the years we have been blessed to be able to come together and pray in the most meaningful way, beautiful melodies, chassidic insights, shofar blowing, with many of the prayers said in English. 

We want to continue to inspire and be inspired. Due to Covid we need to make adaptations to our usual High Holiday Services. We will be having services at Chabad Upper East Side in the Main Shul and a 2nd minyan in the social hall (2nd floor.) This way we can accommodate 2 Minyanim with smaller amounts of people. 

We have very limited space so please reserve early. Only those with reservations will be able to attend. Only available for adults. $180 donation includes all services (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.)

In addition we will be offering Shofar blowing in the safety of the outdoors at locations throughout the Upper East Side.  We highly recommend that those that are not comfortable or permitted to be at indoor services, join us in the outdoors. We also encourage you to bring your children to hear shofar  at one of the outdoor locations.

Please note that on Yom Kippur we will also hosting an additional afternoon Yizkor Service at Chabad, for those that only feel comfortable coming in for a short period of time. Masks are mandatory.

1. Attendance is by reservation only. Seats are extremely limited. First come first serve. Please specify the times you will be attending.

2. Adults only. No children under the age of bar and bat mitzvah.  (We encourage you to bring your children to the outdoor Shofar services throughout the UES.)

3. If you are experiencing any signs of illness, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you may not attend.

4. If you have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 or suspect you have been exposed to Covid-19, please wait 14 days to confirm you are not ill.

5. If you are over 65, or have underlying health conditions, or if you live with someone that is at higher risk, consult with your physician and confirm if you may attend.  

6. Wash your hands/ disinfect your hands upon entering the building. Please do not congregate in the lobby.

7. There will be no Kiddush at this time.

8. We will provide Prayer books and Tallasim.

9. The Restrooms will be available.

10. Masks are mandatory. 





Rosh Hashana Eve

Friday Night, September 18, 2020 

6:41 pm Candle lighting

6:45 pm Mincha /Maariv



Rosh Hashana 1st Day

Shabbat, September 19, 2020 

Shacharit - Main Sanctuary begins 8:30 am

Shacharit - 2nd Floor Minyan begins 10:00 am 

6:30 pm  Mincha

Candle lighting  after 7:38 pm from a pre-existing flame 


Rosh Hashana 2nd Day


Sunday, September 20, 2020 


Shacharit - Main Sanctuary begins 8:30 am

Shacharit - 2nd Floor Minyan begins 10:00 am 

3:00 Mincha 

3:30 Tashlich 

Maariv 7:15 

By Reservation only.  Masks mandatory.

Adults only 

Very Limited Space. First come first serve.

$180 donation



2nd day Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 20, 2020

In addition we will be having 15 minute Shofar services in the safety of the outdoors throughout the Upper East Side on the 2nd Day of Rosh Hashana at these locations:

72nd St. & 5th Ave.
9AM, 1PM, 2Pm, 3PM & 4PM

John Jay Park - 77th St. & FDR Drive

East River Promenade at 78th St.

East End Ave. at 88th St.
4Pm & 5PM

425 E 58th St. - Outside
9AM & 5PM

1766 2nd Ave. at 92nd St. - Outside

83rd St. & 5th Ave.

9 Am & 3 PM

83rd St. & East River Esplanade

9 AM




 The Jacques and Hanna Schwalbe is CLOSED for men due to Covid 19.

 The West Side Mikvah is available for Men at the following times:

Erev Rosh Hashanah: 6:00 am - 2:30 pm

Erev Yom Kippur: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

The West Side Mikvah will not allow anyone into the Mikvah after these hours, without exception, so please make sure to come early!

Be advised that the West Side Mikvah has two boros that will be designated for men, and the traffic in the mikvah rooms will be regulated by a guard posted outside to assure proper social distancing while in the mikvah building. Please be patient and assist us in our effort to create a safe experience for everyone. In addition, please shower before arriving at the mikvah.

Those using the mikvah on these days will be asked to make a $20 donation to the West Side mikvah. Any additional donations are also encouraged and greatly appreciated.