1157 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10075
Putting the HIGH! back in the HIGH HOLYDAYS!

About Us


For the past 40 years, we have been presenting High Holyday services open to the New York Jewish community, to introduce our synagogue for the unaffiliated and disconnected. We are the most celebrated High Holyday services in New York and people talk about their experience with us for months afterward. We invented the concept of “open door” services. Our rabbis are dynamic and relevant, presenting compelling and moving services that connect to your life. Thousands of people have attended our services and have been transformed; their Judaism renewed and revitalized.

Who Comes?

Our services are open to young professionals, singles (20s, 30s, 40s and above), empty-nesters, young families/couples, intermarried, the interfaith dating, beginners, people interested in Judaism, seniors, students, Russian Jews, or anyone else—everyone is invited! We especially welcome veteran worshipers who found past High Holyday experiences bland, boring, or lacking in meaning, and are looking for a fresh, new, and exciting way to experience Judaism!



We welcome Jews of Reform, Conservative, and unaffiliated backgrounds. We are trans-denominational within the context of liberal Jewish religious denominations seeking to create a spiritually meaningful and vibrant blend.
Our rabbis have studied and have been trained in all the Jewish religious denominations. Our services present a creative, contemporary, and spiritual Judaism that is rooted in the past, living in the present, and open to the future.

East Side Synagogue

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“…I came from a no-background Jewish background. At most, it meant to me lox and bagels. But I see what I have missed all these years…”

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