92Y’s High Holy Days in Brooklyn with Rabbi Dan Ain and musician Jeremiah Lockwood return to Roulette on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn on Sep 25 (Rosh Hashanah) and Oct 3 and 4 (Yom Kippur).
Rabbi Dan, 92Y's Director of Tradition and Innovation, holds services that mine traditional prayers and rituals for kernels of wisdom and insight that have the power to reach a generation that is not only skeptical of organized religion, but caught up in the immediacy of a media-driven world that never stops. For a sense of Rabbi Dan’s perspective, you can watch this segment from HuffPoLive explaining why we still celebrate the High Holy Days.
Joining Rabbi Dan again this year is The Sway Machinery’s Jeremiah Lockwood, along with special musical guests. Jeremiah’s music is born out of an apprenticeship with the late Piedmont Blues master Carolina Slim and an intense study of the music of his grandfather, the legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg. Seamlessly channeling these two influences, Jeremiah chants traditional prayers like Avinu Malkeinu, Kol Nidre and Hineni with an old-world wail—while often accompanying himself on blues guitar. To get a sense of the music he will bring to the High Holy Days in Brooklyn, check out this performance of “Aveinu-malkeinu-z’khor,” performed at the Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow.
All three services are also available as part of a package for $135. Purchase here
Rosh Hashanah - 10 am-12:30 pm, includes Luncheon: 12:30-1:30 pm
Kol Nidre - 7-9 pm
Yom Kippur - 10 am-1 pm
What people said about 92Y's High Holy Days in Brooklyn in 2013:
"I attended the Rosh Hashanna services this week at Roulette. They were perfect for me, in the sweet spot of referring to this world but also able to completely take me away from this world to someplace I can't describe. There were moments when I had intense "out of body" feelings of transcendence. It was the first time in my life that I heard services that spoke from my experience instead of some remembered fragment of Russian shtetl culture." – George S.
"Just wanted to write and say thank you for providing the services at Roulette in Brooklyn for the High Holidays. We attended today's Rosh Hashanah service and it was wonderful. Spiritual, uplifting, inspiring and just long enough! Thank you to the rabbi and cantor and the musicians as well." – Marcia B.
"Thank you for leading such wonderful High Holiday services with Jeremiah. My daughter, who lives in Brooklyn and hasn’t been to any kind of services in years, said that Kol Nidre was the best shul experience she’s ever had. I hope you’ll be back in Brooklyn next year."
– Terry K.
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Rabbi Dan Ain is part preacher, part philosopher, part interviewer and provocateur. He finds holiness in honest conversation, in the spaces where people can say what they really think and allow others to do the same.
For the past decade, Rabbi Dan has been creating opportunities and contexts for these interactions – hosting Friday Night Dinners with comedians and cosmologists, klezmer brunches with artists and analysts, appearing on Sunday morning TV and in private apartments with groups of close friends looking for a way to talk about God on their own terms. He encourages conversations that are sometimes funny, sometimes challenging, sometimes sacred and sometimes profane.
Rabbi Dan lives in Brooklyn with his wife Alana Joblin Ain and their daughter, Autumn Prayer.
Find him on Twitter at @rabbidan.
Son of composer Larry Lockwood and the grandson of the legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, Jeremiah Lockwood began his musical career playing on the streets of Manhattan. He soon struck up a relationship with Piedmont Blues master Carolina Slim, with whom he still performs. Jeremiah and Carolina Slim have appeared together in Avery Fisher Hall, the New School Blues Festival and have been profiled in The New York Times Magazine and Time Out New York. Jeremiah has worked for years as the front man for The Sway Machinery, a blues/world beat/Chazzanus ensemble that is currently revamping its sound and taking New York by storm with the help of friends from the Antibalas horn section. Recently, Jeremiah has been working as a composer for film and theater, scoring the Adam Vardi film Mendy and a documentary piece on Israeli artist Miriam Cabessa that was featured as an installation at the Tel Aviv Modern Art Museum. Jeremiah lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Shasta and their sons Moses Lion and Jacob Ulysses.
A Day in the Life with Rabbi Dan
Story of Torah Ark
A note from the artists of the ark, Lorelei and Alex Gruss:
Religion is a powerful catalyst for craftsmanship. Studio Gruss, in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, has been creating high-end Judaic pieces, sanctuary interiors and synagogue furniture for over twenty five years. Our work has been recognized through award publications and exhibitions in some of the finest museums.
A synagogue is a place of meditation. Our duty as artists is to transport you through our art to an imaginary place where the soul reigns, and nothing else matters.
We created a one-of-a-kind Torah Ark to be used throughout 92Y’s Holy Days in Brooklyn in an effort to establish a strong relationship with Rabbi Dan and his community. Black and white squares and circles are cut out in wood to create a modern curtain. An apple tree branch cut from the artists Brooklyn front yard decorates the top of the ark.
In addition, we are involved in creating urban art and jewelry pieces. Studio Gruss' goal is to make beautiful works of art that are practical and highly spiritual in order to captivate the hearts and minds of those present at synagogue services. We hope our work will add to the festive atmosphere and also encourage anyone to visit our studio, explore our website at studiogruss.com and keep in touch through our Studio Gruss Facebook page.
Jewish meditation will be offered during the services by Miriam Eisenberger of the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn.
The Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn is a home for Jewish meditation in New York City and beyond: a thriving community of meditators and spiritual leaders who are transforming the world through the cultivation of awareness, compassion, and Jewish wisdom. Miriam Eisenberger is a part of JMC's Leadership Team, supporting the organization's operational activities, and teaches Jewish Meditation at the JMC.
Donated Ark Info
The studio of artists Lorelei and Alex Gruss have generously created a highly original one-of-a-kind Torah Ark to be used throughout 92Y Brooklyn High Holiday Services. "A synagogue is a place of meditation," says Mr. Gruss. "Our duty as artists is to transport you through our art to an imaginary place where the soul reigns, and nothing else matters." Read more here.
To learn more about the artist, visit www.studiogruss.com or watch this video.