No tickets for Yom Kippur services at your neighborhood synagogue this weekend? Try the everything-for-everybody site, Craigslist.
Services at Jewish prayer houses are open to all, year-round, but on three days a year — the two days of Rosh Hashana, or “new year,” and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, many synagogues require tickets. Some sell tickets on a stand-alone basis; others distribute them only to members. (Why? To cover the costs of running the synagogue. There are typically only two revenue streams — memberships, and donations. At many synagogues, high-holiday tickets are a “required donation” for those who want to attend.)
Craig’s a good Jewish boy from New Jersey … but we’re not sure how he’d feel about this. (We asked, but we haven’t heard back yet. And we wished him a “l’shana tova,” or happy new year.)
Alex Marmur of San Francisco told Beliefnet he hopes to use Craigslist to score tickets for the Kol Nidre service, one of the most meaningful of the year, this Sunday night. Despite the dangers of buying things on Craigslist, Marmur told Beliefnet “there tends to be a sense of trust” for a transaction like this one.
“I think if you’re asking for tickets to High Holidays, people have a sense of sincerity more than front-row tickets to Britney Spears.”