If you're looking for Yom Kippur services in Brooklyn, but don't belong to a synagogue, here are some places you can still get into tonight for Kol Nidre and for all the services tomorrow.
Below are some places you can go for services that are welcoming to Jews of all backgrounds. See details and full schedules at each link. We'll add more options as we find them so check back.
For those planning on fasting, Yom Kippur candle lighting in NYC begins at 6:29 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 and ends on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7:28 p.m. May you have an easy fast.
Union Temple The Reform synagogue on Grand Army Plaza offers free High Holy Day services, but you need to register online in advance. Print out your e-mail confirmation and bring it with you, and for Kol Nidre in particular, get there early to secure a seat. Kol Nidre begins at 8 p.m. tonight. The synagogue also offers children's services and childcare tomorrow.
Chabad of Prospect Heights Chabad is Hasidic, but have a mission of reaching out to Jews of all backgrounds, so they're very welcoming. They promise an "uplifting, interactive service with commentary, insights and explanations in English" that is "user-friendly and suitable for all levels regardless of your previous experience." Kol Nidre starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp at 569 Vanderbilt Ave. You should RSVP in advance.
Chabad Prospect Heights/Fort Greene A second Chabad option, also very welcoming and free. No RSVP needed. Kol Nidre begins at 7 p.m. There's also a special children's service tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that includes a light lunch. Congregation Kol Israel, 603 St. John's Place bet. Classon and Franklin.
Ohel Ayalah This organization is created specifically for unaffiliated Jews and offers walk-in seats at all services on a first-come, first-served basis. Services in Brooklyn are held at Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 Fourth Ave. at President Street. Kol Nidre begins at 7:30 p.m. Ohel Ayalah also holds services in Manhattan.
Park Slope Jewish Center The Conservative egalitarian synagogue in the South Slope welcomes walk-ins at their services. But due to a lack of space for the crowds at Kol Nidrei, non-members will participate in a service in the lower sanctuary led by members of the congregation. It begins at 6:25pm. 1320 8th Ave., at 14th Street.
Kolot Chayeinu The Progressive synagogue in Park Slope holds High Holy Day services for all with no tickets or advance registration required. However, they ask you to contribute online if you can, suggesting $234 per person for non-members. To accomodate walk-ins, the synagogue holds two services: at 6 p.m. and a longer one beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the church Mission For Today, Sixth Avenue between 2 & 3rd St. They suggest you wear white for purity and refrain from wearing leather to celebrate all forms of life.
Temple Beth Emeth, a reform Jewish congregation in Ditmas Park, located at 83 Marlborough Rd. at Church Avenue, will welcome walk-ins. They charge $36 for first-time attendees, which you can mail in after the holidays. Kol Nidre services begin at at 7:30 p.m. The family service, which is free, will follow the Kol Nidre chant in a separate area of the synagogue.
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