About Ohel Ayalah

Our Mission

Ohel Ayalah offers a free, walk-in service to meet the needs of many Jews, in particular young Jews, who do not have a place to pray on the High Holidays. At Ohel Ayalah, it is possible for a Jew to wake up on Rosh Hashanah morning and say, “I feel like going to the synagogue today and being with other Jews.”

The free, walk-in service at Ohel Ayalah means that a Jew can join a celebration of the High Holidays without having to decide in advance. Every Jew should feel welcome in a synagogue on the High Holidays, whether or not he or she is a member, whether or not he or she made arrangements to attend, and whether or not he or she purchases a ticket. This is the mission of Ohel Ayalah.

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Why is it called Ohel Ayalah?

Rabbi Judith Hauptman has 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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