Our Mission

Ohel Ayalah offers a free, walk-in High Holiday services and discounted Passover Seders to meet the needs of many New York Jews, in particular young Jews, who are looking for community and celebration.

Every Jew should feel welcome in a community on the High Holidays and for Seders, whether or not they are a member and whether or not they made arrangements to attend. This is the mission of Ohel Ayalah.


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Why is it called Ohel Ayalah?

Helen Leventhal Hauptman

Rabbi Judith Hauptman, Ohel Ayalah’s founder and long-time director, named this minyan Ohel Ayalah (Tent of Helen) in memory of her mother, Helen Hauptman, who died in 1956 on Kol Nidrei night. She was a loving mother, a high school teacher devoted to her students, and an active member of her synagogue.

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