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2021 High Holy Days Plan

Dear B’nai Jeshurun Family,

Our High Holy Days Task Force has been meeting regularly to plan for meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur celebrations. Guided by your valuable feedback and input, we have created a plan that maintains health and safety measures, while offering choices that accommodate the varied perspectives of our members.

While we will carefully monitor CDC and public health authority recommendations as we head into August and September, we are thrilled to be planning both in person and virtual options to welcome the first days of 5782.

While High Holy Day planning is a work in progress, we wanted to provide insight into this year’s planning process as early as possible. This year’s plans are just that: this year’s plans. By Rosh Hashanah 5783 we hope to be back to in person services, indoors, for everyone. Despite the pandemic, our congregation has continued to thrive, and we are working hard to provide a special High Holy Day experience for all of our members. We look forward to sharing that experience with you and we continue to welcome your thoughts and suggestions. 

Mike Milgrom and Jody Katzner
Co-chairs High Holy Day Task Force

Indoor, Outdoor (tented) and Virtual Options

All services - Erev Rosh Hashanah, both days of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur Morning, Mincha, and Neila - will be held both indoors in the David J. & Ruth A. Moskowitz Sanctuary and outdoors under a tent.

Our rabbis and Cantor Shifman will lead the indoor service. The outdoor service will be led by our rabbis and Cantor Lance Colie. All indoor services will also be accessible online. Based on your feedback, this array of options will ensure that every member can participate in services in a way that is meaningful and comfortable to them.

Family services for both older and younger children will be held outdoors in a tented space, weather permitting, and will also be available online.

Please note: While the outdoor services can be held in less than perfect weather, extremely inclement weather could force cancellation of any scheduled outdoor service.

COVID Vaccinations are Required (if eligible) 

Vaccination (for those eligible) is required for attendance at both indoor and outdoor services. Details on how to provide that proof of vaccination, and a registration link, will be forthcoming. Vaccinated family members as well as prospective members are welcome to attend in person with pre-registration.

Masks are required for children 2-12 years of age at the indoor services and optional at the outdoor services.
Masking is optional for vaccinated adults at all services. Masking is not required for children under age two.

Honors & Mahzorim

All honors for the High Holy Days will be in person at both the indoor and outdoor services. The committee will be sending out invitations for honors in the next few weeks.

Mahzorim will be available for use in the sanctuary and in the tent outdoors. Those attending remotely can download the mahzor or pick them up beginning August 23rd.


Phasing Out Virtual Honors

As part of our re-opening plan, we will be phasing out virtual (Zoom) honors beginning with services on Shabbat morning, August 7. Please contact
Diane Dronzek to request an in-person honor or ask an usher when you arrive.


In-Person Services

Beginning Monday, July 26, we will no longer require registration to attend morning minyan, Friday evening or Shabbat morning services.  For the safety of our community, everyone ages 12 and older must be FULLY VACCINATED in order to attend. Masks are required for children ages 2-11 who attend with their families, and are optional for vaccinated individuals.  Safety measures such as social distancing and temperature checks will continue to be followed. 
The morning minyan is held in Nickman Chapel, Friday evening services are held outside in the Linden Family Courtyard (weather permitting) and Saturday morning services in the David J. & Ruth A. Moskowitz Sanctuary.  

Protocols for Congregants and Guests
Protocols for Brises and Baby Namings
Protocols for Bar/Bat Mitzvah - as of June 1, 2021, the maximum number of in-person guests has increased to 150.
Protocols for Weddings
Protocols for Funerals and Shivas

Tue, July 27 2021 18 Av 5781