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Because so many Jews attend High Holiday services, most large synagogues require worshippers to purchase tickets for them. Some congregations have decided not to charge for tickets, because they want to be more accessible, but they still require reservations of some kind, and a few congregations treat the High Holidays like every other Jewish service and invite people to drop in.
If you are not a synagogue member, in order to ensure that you have a place to go you will need to contact your local synagogues and find out whether they have tickets available, whether non-members can purchase them and how much they cost. Whether a synagogue charges for tickets is not an indication of the quality of the prayer services on the holidays--it is only an indication of how the synagogue is paying for what they do during the rest of the year, and of how big their physical space is.
InterfaithFamily.com has listings of synagogues and other Jewish organizations that want to welcome interfaith couples and families. You can search them. Another way to find a Jewish congregation for the High Holidays is to phone your local Jewish federation--search the internet for your city name and "Jewish federation" if you are having trouble finding it in the phone book. Your local Jewish newspaper may also publish synagogue listings for the High Holidays.
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