Village Yontif is a non-denominational synagogue service where all are welcome to explore their spirituality as well as their connection to our ancestors, each other, and the melting pot that is New York City through prayer, song, ritual, story, reflection, and commentary (midrash).
Weekly Shabbat Services
After numerous requests, while we are all home-bound, Village Yontif is excited to announce ongoing Shabbat services. We've been loving our weekly services, and the sense of community is restorative and healing. We hope that you will join us.
Services run approximately 90 minutes.
A one-time registration for each is required.
Friday evening, Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 pm EST.
Soft beautiful traditional Shabbat melodies, more of a time for profound story-telling than study.
Services led by Daniel Neiden. Stories from Shellen Lubin.
Saturday morning, Shabbat Services begin at 10:30 am EST.
Services led by Nancy Coren and/or Daniel Neiden. Commentary and reflection by Shellen Lubin.
Services are free. Donations are gratefully accepted.
In 2004, St. John's Lutheran Church offered to host Village Yontif, my outreach program providing free High Holy Day Services to the Greenwich Village community. The Village Yontif community was very generous. When the sizable donations were offered to the church, they were stunned and asked for suggestions of what they should do with the money. I only asked that they feel free to use the money to better the world in some way. With an audacious grace, this German Lutheran church was inspired to host an inter-faith Kristallnacht remembrance. The artistic heart of that service was a piece of modern dance theater for two, accompanied by live music and the physical shattering of glass on the church altar.
The response was visceral and heartbreaking, and gave birth to an annual Kristallnacht remembrance at St. John’s. Each year since that first time, Pastor Mark Erson has expanded the service with readings, hymns, Kaddish’s and memorial prayers, which have not only deepened the impact, but carried forth the pledge of “Zachor” (“Remember") and reaffirmed the desire to make sure this never happens again. Ours is a living service that changes a bit with each year, but its deeply moving centerpiece remains:
“The Dance of Broken Glass,
a performance for Kristallnacht”
The Dance of Broken Glass
A performance for Kristallnacht
*** VIDEO COMING SOON ***
Dance created and choreographed by Javier Baca
Overture to The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner, edited by Parker Stagmeier
Dance performed by Alli Bradley and Ben Roach
Dance directed by Daniel Neiden
Film directed and edited by Nick Lopez
Film produced by Daniel Neiden, and 27 Jesters
Special thanks to St. John's Lutheran Church's community, and Pastor Mark Erson, for their brotherhood and their generosity.
To see the full video of this year's service, click on the Kristallnacht Remembrance 2020 tile below.