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High Fashion Meets High Holy Days at UWS Chabad

By Emily Frost | August 29, 2013 7:36am
 Chabad of the West 60s is offering special services for fashionistas. 
Rosh Hashana Services for Fashion Week
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UPPER WEST SIDE — It's high fashion meets the High Holy Days.

Jewish fashionistas won't have to choose between their faith and Fashion Week as Rosh Hashana and the huge style event coincide this year.

Rabbi Yehuda Lipskier of Chabad of the West 60s will offer religious services a stone's throw from the tangle of tents at Lincoln Center.

"I think it sucks for the Jewish people that want to participate in Fashion Week and want to participate in the High Holidays," Lipskier said. "It’s tough that they have to make that choice."

The services scheduled at the Drisha Institute at 37 West 65th St. will include prayers for Jewish designers like Zac Posen and Max Azria, who both have shows during the events starting Sept. 5, and Lipskier will address the congregation about fashion.

"Fashion today, it could go both ways," he said, giving a preview of his remarks. "There are some really beautiful things out there, and on the other hand, it’s like a knife — it could be used to hurt somebody."

Models, designers and others are welcome to drop in to the morning services from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and evening services at 7 and 8 p.m., and the $180 per-seat fee will be waived, the rabbi added.

Students will blow shofars — the horns that are used to announce the new year — on the steps of Lincoln Center intermittently from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 5 of the Sept. 4 to 6 holiday, Lipskier said. 

The rabbi noted he's expecting a "significantly larger" turnout for Rosh Hashana services with the addition of the Fashion Week crowd. The services were a success in 2010, the last time Fashion Week conflicted with the holiday. 

IMG, the company responsible for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, declined to comment on the timing of the event.