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?

Helen Leventhal Hauptman
1910-1956

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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