|Led by Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, Rabbi Michael Boino, and renowned Hazzan Galeet Dardashti, High Holiday services at CSH are joyful, beautiful, relevant, transformative, and participatory, with lots of congregational singing.
If you’re used to Conservative services, you’ll find the liturgy and many of the melodies to be very familiar. If you’re used to a Reform or Reconstructionist Service — or if you’re not used to services at all — you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to find your way, feel at home, and really be engaged.
Whatever your past experience, we think you’ll find our services and our community to be a breath of fresh ocean air.
At the risk of tooting our own shofar, every year first-time attendees tell us that they have never found services so inspiring, so meaningful, and so intellectually, emotionally and spiritually rich.
Read some of Rabbi Uhrbach’s High Holy Day teachings.
|OUR PRAYERBOOK||We use the highly acclaimed Machzor Lev Shalem, the Conservative movement’s rich new High Holy Day prayerbook, which our own Rabbi Jan Uhrbach helped author. The prayerbook has the full Hebrew text found in most Conservative and Orthodox synagogues, but it also includes many classical prayers from non-Ashkenazic Jewish traditions — from Sephardic Jewry, the land of Israel, Italy, Yemen, and others. The translation is completely new, and everything chanted or read aloud is fully transliterated on the page. Each page also contains explanatory comments, inspirational readings, and a wealth of poetry.|
|MEMBERSHIP||CSH membership includes High Holy Day seats for 1 adult (Individual/Single Parent membership) or 2 adults (all other membership categories), and children through college age. Extra seats for guests are available (see below).
Please don’t forget to reserve.
|NON-MEMBERS and GUESTS||Seats for guests and non-members for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur are available for $175. Children under 18 living at home are welcome at no charge. You can pay by check, or by credit card.|
|RESERVATIONS and PAYMENT|| We do ask everyone (yes, even if you’re a member) to reserve in advance (and as early as possible), so that we can be sure to accommodate everyone comfortably. Remember that we don’t send out tickets; we just keep a list at the door.
Reservations and payment can be made online, or download the form and mail it with your check (payable to the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons) to PO Box 1196, Bridgehampton, NY 11932-1196. Much as we appreciate advance planning, we never want to bar the door to someone who wants to pray. So if you’re reading this on the eve of the holy day, just make your donation online, then print the form, fill it out and bring it with you.
Download a Reservation Form to Print and Mail
|COMMUNAL MEALS||We’re delighted to again be able to offer two communal meals: pot-luck lunch on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah, and break-fast at the end of Yom Kippur, and we hope you’ll join us. RSVPs are required for both meals; the break-fast is $20 per person. RSVP for RH Lunch|
|SERVICE TIMES and LOCATION
||All High Holy Day services will be held in the the historic Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway (Rte 27) in the center of Bridgehampton Village; the entrance is directly across from Theo’s Hardware. All services are air-conditioned. The pews are quite comfortable, with cushions on the seats.|
|PARKING||There is more than ample parking on site, in the lot next to the building, and on the grassy lawn behind it. Make sure you do not park on or blocking the driveway, or on the road toward the exit. As in all things, be thoughtful and considerate in parking. If you’re able to walk easily (what a blessing!), please park a bit further in on the grass, leaving the nearer spots and those in the paved lots for those who may have more difficulty. When you do park on the grass, please try to park in rows, leaving aisles for easy entry and exit. We recommend that you don’t park in the adjacent municipal lot; it’s strictly monitored and ticketed by the police.|
|WHAT TO WEAR||Come clothed in your mitzvot (good deeds and observances) and a cheerful countenance. And we do ask you to wear a tallit (both men and women) if you are coming up to the Torah for an honor.Beyond that, feel free to wear whatever makes you feel prayerful and comfortable. Some people find that dressing up helps create an atmosphere of seriousness and sanctity; others are better able to concentrate if they feel less “fancy.”
There are a number of traditions with respect to how we dress on Yom Kippur. It is traditional not to wear leather shoes. Some people choose to dress all in white. Some also refrain from wearing gold jewelry (so as not to evoke the Golden Calf!). It is also traditional to refrain from wearing perfume and makeup, both literally and figuratively.
|CSH is a completely egalitarian community. We welcome everyone equally, and invite everyone to participate fully, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, Jewish education, family structure, or financial means.We do not have reserved seats at CSH.
Don’t worry if you don’t receive your “tickets” in the mail. We don’t send them out, but your name will be on a list at the door.
No one is ever excluded from CSH because of financial limitations; necessary accommodations will be made on request.
Often we’re asked whether we offer reciprocity to members of other synagogues. We hope you’ll understand why we can’t. Because we’re in a resort destination, at least 75% of our members and High Holy Day attendees also belong to at least one other synagogue. Offering reciprocity to everyone who belongs to another synagogue would bankrupt us overnight. Offering reciprocity only to some isn’t fair. For similar reasons, we can’t pro-rate seats if you plan to come for only part of the holiday.
|ACCESSIBILITY||Services are wheelchair accessible via a ramp. Rest rooms are accessible without stairs but due to the age of the building, are too narrow to accommodate a wheelchair. If you have concerns about accessibility, or any other special needs you might have, please let us know. We’ll be happy to answer questions, and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Email us.|
||Emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org is always the best way to reach us. If you prefer phone, you can leave us a message at 631-488-0072, and someone will return your call. Our mailing address is PO Box 1196, Bridgehampton, NY, 11932-1196.
Please understand that emails and calls cannot be returned on Holy Days or Shabbat, and beginning 2 pm on the afternoon before.