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Things you must know to attend the High Holy Day Services in person:

  • Only members and their guests with tickets are allowed to attend.
  • Everyone attending in person must be vaccinated.
  • Proof of vaccination required.
  • Masks are mandated for everyone.
  • You must register that you are attending in person REGISTER HERE
  • All Services will be live-streamed if you plan to watch from home: WATCH SERVICES HERE

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you need guest tickets, please feel free to give us a call at 518-374-8173.


High Holy Day 2021/5782 Service Schedule

●    Selichot: Saturday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. program and 8:00 p.m. service
●    Erev Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m.
●    Rosh Hashanah Kid's Programs (K-6th): Tuesday, September 7 at 9:45 a.m.
●    Rosh Hashanah Services: Tuesday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m.
●    Rosh Hashanah Family Experience: Tuesday, September 7 at 3:00 p.m.
●    2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.
●    Memorial Plaque Dedication: Friday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m.
●    Cemetery Service: Sunday, September 12 at 1:00 p.m.
●    Kol Nidre Service: Wednesday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m.
●    Yom Kippur Kid's Programs (K-6th): Thursday, September 16 at 9:45 a.m.
●    Yom Kippur Services: Thursday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m.
●    Yom Kippur Study Session: Thursday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m.
●    Yom Kippur Family Experience: Thursday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m.
●    Yom Kippur Afternoon Service: Thursday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.
●    Yom Kippur Yizkor/Memorial Service: Thursday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m.
●    Yom Kippur Neilah/Concluding Service: Thursday, September 16 at 5:15 p.m.
●    Break The Fast: following Yom Kippur concluding service

Additional Holiday Services and Programs:
●    Sukkah Decorating and Pizza Lunch: Sunday, September 19 at 11:30 am
●    Sukkah Design Competition Winners announced: Sunday, September 19 at 1pm
●    Sukkot Services: Monday, September 20 at 7pm
●    Sukkot Yizkor Services: Tuesday, September 21 at 9am
●    Sukkot Legacy Storytelling Workshop: Thursday, September 23 at 7pm
●    Sukkot Potluck at the Hollands: Saturday, September 25 at noon
      (sponsored by Sisterhood)
●    Simchat Torah Service: Monday, September 27 at 7pm
●    Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service: Tuesday, September 28 at 9am


High Holy Days Children's Programs

Rosh Hashanah, September 7 and Yom Kippur, September 16 from 9:45 am to 1:00 pm.
Registration is required, no drop-offs are allowed. To register, please all the office at 518-374-8173 or email Arnie at
Masks are required for children ages 5-12 for inside activities.

  • Children's Activity Room Open: The downstairs library will be open for parents and children up through 2 years old to play. The main service will be live-streamed so parents can still participate in our High Holiday worship or just schmooze with one another.
  • 2 – 5-year-old: Trust your little ones to our professional babysitting staff from Niskayuna Coop Nursery School. They ensure that your toddlers are well-cared for while you enjoy our services. Snacks will be provided.
  • Kindergarten – 4th Grade: With a team of dynamic teachers, teen assistants, and volunteers, your children will explore the holidays through games, stories, creative activities, and student-oriented prayer sessions. Snacks are provided.
  • 5th – 6th Grade: Rosh Hashanah will be an engaging program for children in grades 5-6, including a Teshuvah Taco Scavenger Hunt. Since Yom Kippur is an “R” rated holiday—mostly for adults, your 5th -6th grade student will participate in “G” rated activities with music and games, and an interactive service.


Sukkot Celebration

Sukkah Design Competition

Sukkot at the Schaffer/Holland Home
Sisterhood invites all adult members to a Sukkot gathering on Saturday, September 25 at noon. Enjoy a potluck lunch while Mindy and Jesse Holland share details about the Schaffer's life and philanthropic legacy. RSVP to Mindy.
She will send you a link to sign up for the potluck lunch.

Simchat Torah Services

Celebrate God's gift of Torah on Monday, September 27 at 7pm. We'll encircle the sanctuary with an open Torah Scroll and read from it. We'll dance and sing. We'll honor of kindergarten and new primary grade students with a mini Torah. Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor Service will be held on Tuesday, September 28 at 9am.

High Holy Days 5782 – Sacred Space Is Everywhere

The High Holy Days are fast approaching and the CGOH team is busy dreaming, scheming, and planning. As we continue to navigate these uncertain times together, one thing we know for certain is that we can pray, cry, celebrate and connect no matter where we are. Together, we will create Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experiences that are safe and meaningful ways to tap into the transformative power of the High Holy Days. Below you will find information on all our sacred spaces.

A Few Things to Know as We Look Ahead
To have the safest gatherings possible, we will be limiting the number of people at each service. You must sign up to attend and bring your ticket (tickets have been mailed to members). We will only be able to welcome CGOH members and their immediate families this year for in-person services; contact the office for guest tickets at 518-374-8173. Depending on the number of people that sign up, we may have to pivot and do two services on Rosh Hashanah morning, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning (8:30 am to 10:30 am and 11:15 am to 1:15 pm Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur morning; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm for Kol Nidre). Therefore, we are requesting everyone identify which service, early or late, you would prefer to attend. Children's programming will only occur during the early service. Everyone will be notified of our final decision by September 3 based on local and state requirements.

Sacred Spaces Big and Small

  • SANCTUARY: We hope to give each member the opportunity to pray in the Sanctuary. To stay safe, we will be limiting the number of people inside at one time. Please let us know that you would like to attend in-person.
  • SISTERHOOD/HATKOFF ROOM AND ROOM 13: We will be having an immersive live-streaming experience in the Hatkoff Room and Room 13 for those who would like to be more socially distant or be in a quiet space.

Alternative Sacred Spaces

Interested in a smaller in-person service opportunity?

  • HOME-HOSTED WATCH PARTIES: Gather with a handful of other members and friends in a backyard (maybe yours?) and stream the service together. We will assist you in gathering High Holiday Prayer Books for your group.
  • STREAM FROM HOME: Sing your heart out, in your pj's, commute-free
  • FAMILY EXPERIENCE: Bring the whole family to an imaginative playground to find hope, healing, and joy at our High Holiday Family Experience—Connecting Playfully on Rosh Hashanah at 3:00 pm (followed by a community walk to Central Park for Tashlich) and on Yom Kippur at 2:00 pm. Sign-up is not required for this service.

Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyyar 5782