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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 5-6including 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.

Feed the Hungry
Please bring your non-perishable food donations for SICM pantry on Rosh Hashanah morning or anytime the office is open before then.

Also, Donate to the Regional Food Bank's annual Yom Kippur Hunger Appeal. DONATE NOW

September 16, 2021 approx 6pm (virtual)
We are once again offering break-the-fast meal boxes prepared by Gershon's Deli. Order your meal kit directly from Gershon's by 9/13 at 518-393-0617. Pick up at Gates on 9/15 from 3pm to 5pm. Meal kits are $29.95 per person and include: Lox, Whitefish, Tuna, and Egg Salads, Bagel and Cream Cheese, Fresh Fruite and Noodle Kugel.

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.

At the William K. Collins Memorial Park, 533 Moe Rd, Clifton Park, NY.

Please bring your own chairs.



Sukkot Celebration
Join us for our annual Sukkah decorating and pizza lunch on
Sunday, September 19  beginning at 11:30 am. We will also announce the three Sukkah Design Competition winners at 1pm.You must RSVP for the pizza lunch; we will bill you $10/family or $5/person. RSVP NOW

9/20/21 at 7pm:Sukkot Services will be held in person under the Sukkah.

9/21/21 at 9am: Sukkot Yizkor Services, also in person.

Sukkah Design Competition
Announcing our 1st annual Sukkah Design Competition. Designers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to participate and re-imagine the Sukkah using Legos, KEVA Planks, popsicle sticks, drawings, etc. Whether it's drawn or built, bring it on the 9/19 Sukkot Celebration. Three winners will receive an Amazon gift card. No registration for the 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.

Legacy Storytelling Workshop
Who would you invite into your Sukkah?
(sponsored by Life & Legacy Society/facilitated by Kat Koppet)
Everyone has a story- and that story matters! Join us on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 pm as we begin to discover the stories of who we are and who has helped guide us on our Jewish journey.


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.

Mon, September 20 2021 14 Tishrei 5782