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Our Services

We welcome you to join us at our weekly and holiday worship services, held in our historic sanctuary.

Prayer Services are held for Members, Friends –

and all who wish to pray


Shabbat Services

7 PM Fridays: Service followed by Oneg Shabbat (Food and Schmooze)

10:30 AM Saturdays: Service, Torah Discussion in English & Oneg Shabbat (Food and Schmooze)

3rd Saturdays 10:30 AM: Torah Reading & Breakfast: Opportunities to chant Torah

Please check our Events page for the schedule of special Shabbat programs, and other major events and activities.

A Post-Denominational Service

Actors' Temple uses the recent Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals published in 1998. We do a Reform style service from this Conservative prayerbook, with a little Chasidic wisdom for warmth and spirituality.

We also provide our own custom-made handouts for both the evening and morning Shabbat services, which contain transliterations of the Hebrew texts.

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We have services on all major holidays including: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, a Shabbat-Tu B’Shevat Seder, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, and Tisha B'Av.

Please check our Events page for specific dates/time of Holiday services and programs, and also see a list of the Jewish Holidays at for dates and additional reference information.

Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur

We invite you to join us for the High Holy Days. All are welcome.

No one is ever turned away.

We look forward to your participation on the High Holy Days. Highlights of our program include:
  • Full compliment of services.
  • Our rabbi and a cantorial intern leading services.
  • Musicians from the community accompanying and/or performing holidays themed works.
  • Free Community Service on the second night of Rosh Hashanah.
  • Tashlich at the Hudson River after the service on the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah.
  • A study session on Yom Kippur between the morning and afternoon services.
  • A children’s program, including children’s services, on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, in the mornings.
  • Break-the-fast included!

We look forward to seeing all of you

as we embark on a new and meaningful year together.

September/October time frame.

Above text in Hebrew: "B'Sefer ha-Chaim Tikatevu v'Techatemu", English Translation: "In the Book of Life may you be written and inscribed", a traditional greeting for the High Holidays.


Join us on Sukkot for a Shabbat Sukkot Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah, in addition to services on Erev Sukkot and the first day of Sukkot.

September/October time frame, beginning two weeks after the first day of Rosh Ha-Shanah.

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Shemini Atzeret, meaning the "eighth day of assembly", is the day immediately following the seventh day of Sukkot. We celebrate with a morning service, a Torah reading, and say Yizkor.

On Simchat Torah (the next day) we Sing and Dance with all our Torahs.

Important schedule notice: When Shemini Atzeret falls on a Thursday, our Simchat Torah celebration is moved to Friday evening (Shabbat), rather than on Thursday evening (the traditional practice.) Please check our Events page each year to make sure!

September/October time frame, right after Sukkot.


Come join us at The Actors’ Temple for our Shabbat Chanukah Potluck Latke Party & Open Mike, on Shabbat Chanukah. Please bring a dairy dish to share. Latkes and applesauce provided by us; then a Shabbat Service with music and song, conducted by Rabbi Jill Hausman. We will sing, celebrate, pray, eat and sing some more! Accompanist provided. Bring yourself and your talents. Stay for coffee, dessert, and conversation. Food for body and soul!

November/December time frame.

Tu B’Shevat

Come celebrate Shabbat/Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees, at The Actors’ Temple Kabbalistic Seder, with Music, Singing, and Dance. Wine will flow and we will sample the native fruits of Israel as we raise ourselves through the Four Worlds. A Vegetarian Potluck Dinner to follow.

Please bring a dairy/.vegetarian dish to share. Free of Charge. All are invited!

January/February time frame.


Purim at The Actors’ Temple is a very special celebration. An Original Spiel, written and performed by professional actors and comedians follows our Service and Megillah reading. Not to be missed!

February/March time frame.

Shabbat Across America and Canada

We, at The Actors’ Temple, invite you to join us and thousands of Jews who come together to eat, drink, relax, sing, dance, enjoy, debate, and celebrate at the annual Shabbat Across America and Canada.

Please join us for a Dairy Potluck Shabbat Dinner and Learner’s Service. Please bring food (dairy/fish/vegetables) to share, following by a Shabbat Service, conducted by Rabbi Jill Hausman. Come learn all about the service and prayers. Stay for dessert, and socializing. Food for body and soul!

Early to mid March time frame, before or after Purim, depending on the year.


The Actors’ Temple invites you to a delicious and spiritual Community Second Passover Seder, a catered dinner and full seder held in our sanctuary, conducted by Rabbi Jill Hausman.

Please check our Events page each year before Passover to see:

  • The announcement of our Passover Seder.
  • A link to the scrumptious dairy/fish/vegetable dinner menu.
  • A link to download a Seder reservation form, or to buy online.
  • The schedule of Passover Morning Services on the first and seventh days of Pesach. Yizkor is said on the seventh day.

March/April time frame.


Please join us for Erev Shavuot: a Service and Study Session, along with a dairy Oneg featuring Rabbi Jill’s Blintze Souffle!

We assemble again for the Shavuot morning service, Torah reading, Hallel, and Yizkor, on the first day of Shavuot.

May/June time frame.

Tisha B’Av

We commemorate the destruction of the Temple with a service of remembrance and a Special Audio-Visual Program each year.

July/August time frame.

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Life Cycle


We are happy to host your life cycle event including: Baby Namings, Aufruf ceremonies, Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Memorial Services, or any Life Cycle Celebration. Please contact us to schedule your event.

Memorial Services

The Sanctuary of The Actors’ Temple is available for Memorial Services. Please contact us by email or telephone if we can be of help or of service to you.

Cemetery Plots

We have plots in Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, NJ, just under 20 miles from the Actors' Temple. (See map below, courtesy Google Maps)

Plots are priced at $1,500 each. You must be a member of the synagogue in order to purchase a plot. If you are not yet a member, please visit the Join Us page first to complete the Membership process, and then call or email our office to make further arrangements concerning the purchase of one or more plots.

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