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

Join Us!


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.

Traditional prayers around the centerpiece of spirited, interactive discussions based on the parshat of the week.
Services led by Nancy Coren and/or Daniel Neiden. Commentary and reflection by Shellen Lubin.

Services are free. Donations are gratefully accepted.


A Prayer for 2021

A Poem by Natan Alterman Z’L

Give us one year of true silence
A year of the white of the blossoms and the green of the grass
A year of passionate love and a warm home stove
That we for once experience that which is good and that which is pleasant.
A year without voices of hatred and cries of the bereaved
Without the sight of blood, without the beating of war drums
Without the paralyzing fear of the worst of all
Without the laughter of the future that is buried in the ground.
Behold, we are not pleading for the treasures of kingdoms
Nor for transcendent joy and high-end luxury cars
Just for a modicum of tranquility and white of blossoms
Which we can easily boast of.
To get excited once in a while from the smells of autumn
To gallop toward joy with the speed of a whistling locomotive.
Build us a tent of peace now
And may we be worthy of sitting in it.

Photo credit:
Many of the artworks featured on our website this year are original works by the widely-collected Israeli artist, Elena Kotliarker.  Follow this link to read more about her and see more of her works.
Village Yontif is a website designed to provide information about our free High Holiday services in Greenwich Village, New York.

Rosh Hashanah

2020 Message

Yom Kippur

Forum on Forgiveness

Kristallnacht Remembrance 2020

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We are able to provide services year after year because of your incredible generosity. Thank you for your donation!