Because Jewish's mission is "to bring Judaism into the now. To make it as moving as music, as uplifting as art, as unsettling as literature, as rich as ritual, as comforting as community, as compelling as good conversation." They've done events with cool, modern musicians in the past (like Sinkane), and they'll do it again for the High Holidays this year. They've got evening and morning events at various NYC music venues for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur featuring members of Darkside, Antibalas, Lettuce, John Zorn's Tzadik Records family, and more.
Erev Rosh Hashanah ("Rosh Hoshanah eve") will be celebrated at Nublu on 9/9 with a 7 PM service by Rabbi Daniel Brenner & Jeremiah Lockwood (of The Sway Machinery), and music by The Sway Machinery, Dave Harrington (Darkside), Jordan McLean (Antibalas), Shoko Nagai, John Bollinger and Jewlia Eisenberg, plus meditation by Sydney Faith Rose (tickets).
Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated at Brooklyn Bowl on 9/10 with a morning service (9:30 AM) led by Rabbi Daniel Brenner and music by Jeremiah Lockwood, Shoko Nagai, and John Bollinger. There will also be a torah reading and procession led by Rabbi Brenner and Jewlia Eisenberg, a shofar blowing, meditation, vegetarian/dairy lunch from Blue Ribbon, and more. Following the services, Eric Krasno (Lettuce, Soullive) will play a "short, special set" with singer Leslie Mendelson. "Kraz and Leslie will nod the day's feeling during their performance, including a nod to his grandfather Lou Krasno, the violinist and frontman of the renowned klezmer and gypsy jazz combo the Gypsy Gems," the description reads (tickets).
Because Jewish will observe the evening of Yom Kippur with renowned Cantor Jacob Konigsberg chanting the traditional Kol Nidre at Roulette on 9/18. This night also includes Rabbi Daniel Brenner, The Sway Machinery's Jeremiah Lockwood, Shoko Nagai, John Bollinger, and Jewlia Eisenberg (tickets).
Yom Kippur day will be celebrated at The Cutting Room on 9/19 (9:30 AM doors), once again with Rabbi Daniel Brenner, The Sway Machinery's Jeremiah Lockwood, Shoko Nagai, John Bollinger, Jewlia Eisenberg, and Cantor Jacob Konigsberg (tickets).