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Guide to Upcoming Holidays

This year we are excited to have Eli Beer as our Ba'al Tefillah and Rabbi Gabe Kretzmer Seed as our Ba'al Shacharit for Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur.

Eli Beer, a well-known composer, singer, and musician, is originally from Detroit.  His musical approach is mostly influenced by folk, country, and blues music with a Chassidishe flavor and Carlebach zest.  Eli is currently studying Chazanut at the Yeshiva University Belz Music School under the direct tutorage of Cantor Joseph Malovany, distinguished professor of liturgical music and Israeli-born American tenor soloist.  To hear some of Eli Beer's music click here.

Rabbi Gabe Kretzmer Seed will be returning to CTI for the 6th consecutive year, this time accompanied by his wife Nina and 1-year old daughter Aliza.  Rabbi ​​​​​​ Kretzmer Seed serves as a Jewish chaplain in the New York City Department of Correction where he provides religious services, classes and spiritual support primarily for Jewish inmates.  He is the co-founder of the Zemirot Database, an editable online database for zemirot, liturgy, and other Jewish songs. Rabbi Kretzmer Seed  received semikha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in 2017. 

Listed below is a guide to all that is happening around CTI during the holiday season.

  • Guests wishing to join CTI for the High Holidays may do so by reserving and purchasing High Holiday Tickets.  Please click here for more information and the order form. CTI members do not have to complete the form unless they need tickets for guests joining them for the holidays.  Tickets will be mailed to all guests purchasing tickets and members in advance of Rosh HaShana.
  • This year's Rosh Hashana Fundraiser offers a Pomegranate Designed Tempered Glass Challah Board or serving tray.  For further details and to participate please click here.  Order forms and payment need to be received by Friday September 20th.
  • We start the Holiday Season with our Annual Elul Retreat on Sunday, September 8th from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  For more information and to RSVP, please  click here.
  • Selichot this year start on Saturday evening, September 21st at Midnight, preceded by a program at 10:30 PM in our Shul, the historic B'nai Abraham Synagogue.
  • Selichot continue through Yom Kippur eve on Tuesday, October 8th.  On weekdays Selichot start at 6:30 AM followed by Shacharit.  In lieu of Selichot Monday morning, September 23rd, we will say Selichot the evening before, on Sunday, September 22nd at 8:05 PM and start Shacharit the following Monday morning at 7:05 AM.
  • Childcare will be provided by CTI for parts of the services on both days of Rosh Hashana, the evening of Kol Nidre and on the day of Yom Kippur.  Please check back here later as details are firmed up.  Reservations and payments in advance will be required.  For additional information please email
  • Rosh HaShana starts Sunday evening, September 29th, and continues through Tuesday afternoon, October 1st.  For a complete schedule, please click here.
  • Yom Kippur starts Tuesday evening, October 8th with Kol Nidre and concludes the following evening, Wednesday, October 9th, with Neilah services.  For a complete schedule click here.
  • As in past years, we will arrange for you to be able to purchase a Lulav and Etrog and pick it up at the Shul.  For additional information and to order your Lulav and Etrog, please click here.
  • Help us build our Sukkah on Thursday morning, October 10th, in front of the shul after Shacharit.  And bring your kids on Sunday, October 13th to help decorate our Sukkah from 9:30 AM to 11 AM.
  • Sukkot starts Sunday evening, October 13th and continues through Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah the following Monday, October 21st and Tuesday, October 22nd, respectively.  Check back here later for the schedule of Sukkot services.
  • Join us for our Second Annual Sushi in the Sukkah affair on the second day of Chol HaMoed, the Intermediate Days, Thursday, October 17th at 7:30 PM in the CTI Sukkah in front of the Shul.  For more information and to RSVP click here.

We wish all a Shana Tova U'Metuka, a good and sweet year, one in which we are all blessed with good health and happiness.

Fri, August 23 2019 22 Av 5779