9:45am - Start your prayers on the right foot

Pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee and join a  quick learning session in preparation for prayer. The Chassidic custom of delving into the profound teachings of Chassidic philosophy is meant to enhance your connection to G‑d while praying.

10:00am - Beginning of morning service

For those who may not be familiar with the prayers, we will be providing a machzor with English translations and transliterations. The page numbers will be announced, and the machzor will guide you on when to stand and sit during the prayers.
In accordance with tradition, men sit on one side and ladies on the other side of the mechitzah (room divider). This arrangement allows us to maintain the sanctity and beauty of our customs. 

The Rosh Hashana Amidah prayer is inter-sprinkled with different hymns which are traditionally sung together by the entire congregation. Members of the congregation are honored with opening the Ark before the recitation of many of these hymns. 

11:00am - Holiday Torah portion reading

After the morning prayers, will be the Torah reading in Hebrew, interspersed with insightful explanations in English. This can be found right there in your machzor, no need for another book!

First Day:
The birth of Isaac is the theme of the reading of the first day of Rosh Hashanah. We learn the lesson of Divine Providence and Omnipotence. Sarah, at the age of ninety, gives birth to Isaac, her first and only child. Isaac is entered into the Covenant of our Father Abraham at the age of eight days. In the haftorah we read about the birth of the prophet Samuel.

Second Day:
The "Binding of Isaac" is the theme of today's reading. The Binding of Isaac has come to represent the ultimate in the Jew's devotion to G‑d. On Rosh Hashanah, when the world trembles in judgment before G‑d, we evoke the Binding of Isaac. We tell G‑d, "If we have no other merit, remember how the first Jew bound all succeeding generations of Jews in a covenant of self-sacrifice to You." The haftorah,  a reading from the Book of Jeremiah, talks about G‑d's everlasting love for His people and the future ingathering of the exile. In the last verse of the haftorah, G‑d says, "Is Ephraim [i.e., the Children of Israel] not My beloved son? Is he not a precious child that whenever I speak of him I recall him even more?" This follows one of the primary themes of the Rosh Hashanah prayers, our attempt to induce G‑d to remember us in a positive light on this Day of Judgment.

11:30am - Shofar blowing ceremony (this year only on the second day of Rosh Hashana, because there's no shofar on Shabbos)

After a short speech by the Rabbi, we'll get ready for the shofar. It's customary to recite a certain Psalm 7 times, followed by blessings and then the sounding of the shofar.

11:45am - Mussaf 

The Musaf Amidah has three themes — each contained within its own blessing: G‑d's kingship, G‑d's remembering His people, and the sounds of the shofar
The chazzan then repeats the Amidah, which is again inter-sprinkled with various hymns. A deeply moving section of the Musaf Amidah Repetition is "U'nit-a-neh Tokef" (click here for the history behind this prayer). 
The prayer concludes with the Ein Ke'eloheinu and Aleinu. This is followed by the recitation of the daily Psalms.

How to get in

To ensure your smooth entry, make sure you tell us in advance if you're planning on coming.
Please note that on Shabbos and Yom Tov, we observe a complete cessation of all forms of electronic communication. This means that we will not be reachable by phone or any other electronic device during these times. Therefore, we kindly ask you to make arrangements for entry before the onset of Shabbos or Yom Tov.

Many of our prayers are sung using Chassidic melodies. To acquaint yourself with some of them, please enjoy the below selection as sung by Chabad artist Eli Marcus, with English translation:

Avinu Malkeinu - Chassidic tune:

Avinu Malkeinu - Traditional tune:


Unesaneh Tokef