What is Kol Hai?

Kol Hai is an inclusive, embodied and impassioned emerging spiritual community centered in New Paltz, NY. Our name means “all life” in Hebrew; we yearn to integrate the Divine in all aspects of our lives and we embrace seekers no matter where they may be on the spiritual path.

About our High Holidays

We are offering our first High Holiday experiences this September. 

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and meals will take place at Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz, NY 12561. Nature-based experiences and our Sukkot celebrations will take place in the New Paltz area.

Kol Hai services and nature-based experiences for the High Holidays are open to all at no cost, but require advance registration. If you feel inspired to make a donation to help offset our expenses, we would be deeply grateful for your generosity.

Coming from out of town? If you are planning to be with us for the High Holidays and need a place to stay, we'd like to help connect you with a local community member. Please contact Felice Winograd ([email protected]) if you are looking for a place.  Locals who have space in their homes, please let Felice know!


Erev Rosh Hashanah — Sunday, September 13

Men's mikveh at 4pm - contact [email protected] for details.

A meditative and musical heart-centered service, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Rosh Hashanah Day One — Monday, September 14

  • Contemplative service of the heart, with Torah and Shofar, 10 am - 12:30 pm
  • Nature-based service for kids 3-10 years-old, 10 am - 12:30 pm
  • Communal Meal 12:30 - 2 pm
  • Tashlikh Ceremony 2:30 - 3:30 pm
    Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Preserve, 133 Huguenot St, New Paltz, NY 12561

Rosh Hashanah Day Two — Tuesday, September 15

Contemplative Pilgrimage in Mohonk Preserve, 10 am - 3 pm
Location provided upon registration.

Shabbat Shuvah — Saturday, September 19

  • Please join the Kol Hai community for a special Shabbat Shuvah — our first Torah service and baby naming! — for Amy Hannes’ daughter, Ruby Blu.
  • 10 am - 12 noon: Shabbat Service and Baby Naming
  • 12 noon - 1 pm: Kiddush and Light Lunch
  • Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, 16 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY 12561

Erev Yom Kippur — Tuesday, September 22

Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz, NY 12561

  • Kol Nidre (candle lighting 6:36pm), 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • We suggest you wear all white

Yom Kippur — Wednesday, September 23

Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz, NY 12561

We will host a day-long service offering embodied, immersive experiences. Our start and end times are accurate; the rest of the times are approximate. We suggest you wear all white.

  • 10am - 12pm Exquisite contemplative music and powerful traditional Four Worlds davvenen
  • 12 - 1pm Interactive Torah reading and interactive study
  • 1 - 3pm Musaf, Yizkor, Sound Healing
  • 5 - 6pm. Embodying Return through Authentic Movement
  • 6:30pm. Neilah
  • Potluck Break-Fast (after 7:36pm)

Community Sukkah Building and Decoration — Sunday, September 27

Kabbalat Shabbat in the Sukkah — Friday, October 2

 Photo by Michael Neil O'Donnell, Hudson Valley Photography

Will you sign up?