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CSAIR High Holiday Portal 5784

Rosh Hashanah | Friday, September 15 - Sunday, September 17
Yom Kippur | Sunday, September 24 - Monday, September 25
Sukkot | Friday, September 29 - Friday, October 6
Shemini Atzeret | Friday, October 6 - Saturday, October 7
Simchat Torah | Saturday, October 7 - Sunday, October 8

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Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQs)

We are so glad you will be joining us for high holiday services this year in the sanctuary, at one of our tents, or via our live stream. Please see below for answers to questions you might have.

Should you still have questions after reviewing the FAQ below, please contact Rabbi Greenberg or 718-543-8400 x1.


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No. Everyone’s name will be on a list with security.


Yes, request tickets here: Guest Tickets.


Yes, please reach out to Eric Nussbaum, CSAIR Director of Operations at 718-543-8400 or for assistance.


No. Please note, if you want to sit with your friends please come to the service together. For those who need special seating accommodations, please see the site coordinator for assistance. They will be at the entrance of the sanctuary, library, and tent.


Our Sanctuary and tent services will include both standard seating and sections of socially distanced seating. If it is important to you to sit in socially distanced seating, please arrive early. If you are in the tent and weather permits, feel free to move your chair outside the tent.


Yes, but please know that all services are very full. If you want to visit another service, the best time is in the morning for shacharit.


If you are not feeling well on the day of services (cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, feeling tired, muscle aches, upset stomach), please stay home and be in touch with your healthcare provider.


Yes. Guests must be pre-registered. Guest tickets are available for $200 each. Only registered participants will be admitted to the services - please do not bring friends, relatives, or children who are not previously registered.


That is okay. Please join us on livestream. If you know in advance you will not be coming to services please let Rabbi Greenberg know.


We will provide machzors at all services, but you are welcome to bring your own.


Please email Rabbi Greenberg. She or a volunteer will get back to you and are happy to answer all questions. Or check out the High Holiday Portal.

Rosh Hashanah Services Schedule

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Friday, September 15

6:46 PM Candle lighting
6:46 PM Mincha/Maariv  (Sanctuary & live stream)

Rosh Hashanah Day I
Saturday, September 16

9:00 AM-1:00 PM / Sermons at 10:45 AM
6:46 PM Mincha/ Maariv
After 7:46 PM Light Candles (transfer flame) 

Rosh Hashanah Day II
Sunday, September 17

9:00 AM-1:00 PM  Shacharit | Sermons at 10:45 AM
5:15 PM Tashlich
6:45 PM Mincha/Maariv
7:45 PM Holiday ends

Shofar Blowing Across Riverdale
Synagogues across Riverdale are partnering together to provide many opportunities to hear the shofar all over Riverdale. Watch for the full schedule of shofar blowings the second day of Rosh Hashanah.


Yom Kippur Services Schedule

Erev Yom Kippur
Sunday, September 24

2:00 PM Early Mincha
6:31 PM Candle Lighting
6:31 PM Kol Nidre 
8:45 PM Shira B'Kippur

Yom Kippur
Monday, September 25

9:00 AM-1:30 PM Shacharit /Sermons at 10:45 AM
4:45 PM Mincha 
6:15 PM Neliah 
7:45 PM Fast Ends

Youth/Family Rosh Hashanah Day I & II Services Schedule

Saturday, September 16 & Sunday, September 17

Parent-supervised play area - Taub Room A
Open 9:00 AM–10:30 AM

Ages 0-3 and their grownups - Taub Room A
10:30 AM-Noon

Ages 4-6 and their grownups - Taub Room B
10:30 AM-Noon

Children in grades 2-5 and their grownups - Beit Midrash
10:30 AM-Noon
A Rosh Hashanah service with age-appropriate guidance and explanations along with experiential activities.

Rosh Hashanah Fun with the Madrichim - Beit Midrash
For kids ages 5-10. Fun activities led by our CSAIR Madrichim.

Mass Blast for 2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah at 12:30 PM, Sanctuary
All kids who want to blow a shofar are welcome to meet with Mason in the Beit Midrash on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. At the end of services, everyone with a shofar will line up in the center aisle of the main sanctuary and join in for the final, long Tekiah Gedolah Shofar blast! You must bring your own shofar or borrow one of the limited number available.

Note: For the Madrichim led events, all participating children must have a parent (or caregiver) in the building.

Erev Yom Kippur

Sunday, September 24 

CSAIR Kids Madrichim led experience for kids ages 5 - 10
Following Cantor Stevens recitation of Kol Nidre in the Main Sanctuary, kids ages 5 -10 will meet in the Beit Midrash for a special recitation of Kol Nidre by Cantor Stevens followed by activities led by our CSAIR kids Madrichim in the Taub Room.


Yom Kippur Day
Sunday, September 25

Parent supervised play - Taub Room A
Open 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Ages 0-3 and their grownups - Taub Room A
10:30 AM-Noon

Ages 4-6 and their grownups  - Taub Room B
10:30 AM-Noon

Children in grades 2-5 and their grownups - Beit Midrash
10:30 AM– Noon
A Yom Kippur service with age-appropriate guidance and explanations along with experiential activities. 

Yom Kippur Fun with the Madrichim - Beit Midrash
For kids ages 5-10. Fun activities led by our CSAIR Madrichim.

CSAIR Kids Madrichim led experience for kids ages 5-10
Neila at 6:20 PM

Maddrichim will lead activities during the Neila service in the Beit Midrash.  The group will join the service in the main sanctuary for the conclusion of Neila, the sounding of the shofar and Havdallah. 

Note: For the Madrichim led events, all participating children must have a parent (or caregiver) in the building.


Erev Sukkot             
Candle lighting - 6:23 PM  

Mincha/Maariv - 6:23 PM

Sukkot 1          
Shacharit - 9:15 AM / No Lulav & Etrog
Shabbat Shelanu - 10:45 AM

Tefilat Yeladim - 10:45 AM
Mincha/Maariv - 6:23 PM 
Light candles after 7:23 PM transfer flame

Sukkot 2                     
Shacharit - 9:15 AM / Lulav & Etrog
Sukkot Family Service 10:00-10:45 AM in the Beit Midrash

This service will unpack and review the highlights of the liturgy and customs of Sukkot and prepare participants to join the service in the Main Sanctuary for the Hoshanot.

Mincha/Maariv - 6:23 PM   

Yom Tov Ends - 7:23 PM 

Hol Hamoed Sukkot 1                  
Shacharit - 7:30 AM / Lulav & Etrog
Maariv - 7:30 PM  

Hol Hamoed Sukkot 2                
Maariv - 7:30 PM

Hol Hamoed Sukkot 3  
Maariv - 7:30 PM

Hol Hamoed Sukkot 4

Shacharit - 7:30 AM / Lulav & Etrog
Maariv - 7:30 PM 

Hoshanah Rabbah/ Erev Shemini Atzeret

Shacharit - 7:30 AM / Last Lulav & Etrog
Candle lighting - 6:11 PM  
Mincha/Maariv - 6:11 PM

Shemini Atzeret

Shacharit  9:15 AM / Kohelet
Yizkor - 11:00 AM   
Shabbat Shelanu - 10:45 AM
Tefilat Yeladim - 10:45 AM

Erev Simchat Torah              
Mincha/Maariv - 6:11 PM / Hakafot & Dancing
Light candles after 7:11 PM transfer flame

Simchat Torah

Shacharit - 9:15 AM   
Simchat Torah Family Service 10:00-10:45 AM in the Beit Midrash.
This service will unpack and review the highlights of the liturgy and customs of Simchat Torah and prepare participants to join the service in the Main Sanctuary for the Hakafot.

Hakafot & Dancing - 10:15 AM   
Mincha/Maariv - 6:11 PM
Yom Tov Ends - 7:11 PM  

Sukkot begins on Friday evening, September 29. Order your lulav and etrog now. Click here.

Reserve A Mealtime in a CSAIR Sukkah

Individuals or groups can reserve one of four sukkot at CSAIR for their use at times throughout the afternoon and evening of the holiday and Hol Hamoed. Those reserving the space should bring their kosher food and utensils, and the shul will provide disposable tablecloths. Our custodial staff will be on-site to monitor clean-up. Bathrooms will be open in the synagogue.

Each individual or group should sign up for no more than TWO meal times. If you'd like more, put yourself on the waitlist by the mealtime you would like. The suggested donation for using one of the CSAIR sukkot is $18 a meal to help us cover security and custodial costs. Sign up here and donate here.

Our Simchat Torah Honorees

Elizabeth Rotenberg-Schwartz

Elizabeth and her tireless Va’ad Tefillah co-chairs and committee members have been recruiting Torah/Megillah readers, tefillah leaders, and shofar blowers (not to toot our own horns) for the past year, ensuring that CSAIR’s services run seamlessly each week.

Elizabeth is confident she was tapped for this role since she is great at volunteering others to do the hard work (feel free to ask her family members about this special talent).

Elizabeth and her husband, Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz moved to Riverdale just before Pesach 2019 and immediately joined CSAIR. You can find them sitting to the right side of the bimah most shabbatot/chagim with some combination of their children, Sidonia, Celan, Peret, and Leket.

Steve Gleit
Steve and his wife, Dana Robbins, moved full-time to Riverdale in July of 2018 after living in Portland, Maine. Their blended family consists of four children -- Naomi, Liat, Matt, and Miriam -- all raised in Brooklyn; one son-in-law, Nick; one daughter-in-law, Ruthie; and now, 3 grandchildren, Olivia, James, and Rafi.

Steve retired in 2016 after a 35-year career as an immigration lawyer. Obviously, the commandment to “Welcome the Stranger,” made a big impression on Steve because over the course of his career, Steve helped thousands of undocumented immigrants obtain their green cards.

After moving to Maine in 2009, Steve started a movie series at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) showing contemporary movies. If you need a good recommendation for a foreign movie, Steve has a few suggestions.

With their return to NYC in 2018, Steve became involved in programming at CSAIR. First, Steve led an Emunah group during the pandemic. Recently, Steve has been working closely with Rabbi Greenberg planning arts and culture and adult education events at CSAIR, and helping revive our Baby Boomer group. Steve is also a regular attendee and minyan captain at the Thursday morning minyan.

Sun, July 14 2024 8 Tammuz 5784