Philipstown Reform Synagogue’s High Holy Days Observances

Welcomes in the Year 5773 with Sukkot at Surprise Lake Camp

The Philipstown Reform Synagogue (PRS) will once again invite the community to join with it to observe the Jewish High Holy Days and mark the beginning of the Hebrew calendar year 5773. PRS is delighted to announce that Paul Kaye will be leading all of this year’s High Holy Day services accompanied by a special PRS holiday choir.  New to PRS this year is a fully transliterated prayer book, On Wings of Awe, so that everyone will be able to follow along. As in the past, the Synagogue’s doors will be open to any and everyone — no tickets, no charge.

The holiday observances will begin with Rosh Hashanah evening services on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. followed by a seasonal apples and honey kiddush. Rosh Hashanah morning services will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, concluding around 12:30 p.m. with a walk to the Hudson River for Tashlich, the ceremonial casting away of ones sins.

Yom Kippur observances will begin with the lofty melody of Kol Nidre on Tuesday evening, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. No refreshments will be served to respect those beginning their fast. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Yom Kippur morning services begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until approximately 1:30 p.m. Services, which will include the traditional Yizkor Memorial Service, will resume at 4:30 p.m. As the sun begins setting around 7 p.m., the holiday’s observances will end with the candles, spices and shadows of a Havdallah service followed by a light Break Fast hosted by the PRS Board of Trustees.

As in the past, there will be a Book of Remembrance to honor loved ones. If you would like to have someone listed, please mail in the names to PRS at P.O. Box 94, Cold Spring, NY 10516 — a $20 donation is appreciated for the listing. With thoughts of those less fortunate, the public is invited to contribute to the Synagogue’s Yom Kippur Food Drive. Dry and canned goods will be collected at all of the High Holy Days services, which will in turn be delivered to the Philipstown Food Pantry.

All of High Holy Days Services will take place at the beautiful Parish House at St. Mary’s-in-the-Highlands, located at the corners of Routes 9D and 301 (Main Street) in Cold Spring. For more information or just to let PRS know you are coming, please call 845-265-8011 or e-mail [email protected].

Following the High Holy Days, this year PRS will be co-sponsoring a special family-friendly Sukkot celebration with Surprise Lake Camp.  Anyone interested in attending must make reservations in advance by contacting Cathy Duke at 914-450-4188 or by e-mail at [email protected].

PRS was founded in 2002 with the purpose of creating an inclusive venue to investigate the practice of Judaism, both intellectually and spiritually. PRS hosts monthly services, provides religious education, and offers opportunities to participate in social welfare activities. PRS can be found on the web at

For more information about PRS, see the article Philipstown Reform Synagogue: Judaism with Chutzpah and Spirit.

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