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High Holy Days 5782


High Holy Day Services 5782

The High Holy Days are here, and we are looking forward to seeing you again as we join in prayer, song, and reflection about the difficult year behind us and hopes for a better, healthier year ahead. Our commitment to pikuach nefesh—protecting human life—is our highest priority.

Due to the rise in COVID cases and increased transmission risks of the Delta variant locally, nationally, and around the globe, we are requiring pre-registration for all High Holy Day services, based on best practices advice from our Medical Task Force. The health and safety of our community members are our most important considerations. Registration will enable us to better plan for seating and other logistics.

To further ensure the health and well being of all who attend, here is what to expect, as we gather for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services:

1. All attendees must be fully vaccinated, if eligible. Currently everyone age 12 and up is eligible. We will request vaccination documentation for anyone who registers.

To attend in-person Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, you must have completed registration by Friday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m. and provide proof of Covid vaccination.  See below for more information about attending services.     

Our security team has a list of those who registered and submitted vaccination documentation in advance. If you are unable to submit documentation ahead of time, you must have your proof of vaccination with you when you come to services. If you attended Rosh Hashanah services in person, you will have been marked as having presented documentation and do not need to bring your card again on Yom Kippur. 

Our preregistered numbers are enough to reach the limit recommended by our Medical Advisory Group for people in the building at once. If you haven't registered to come on Yom Kippur, we would love to have you join us via Zoom.        

2. All must be masked (properly covering mouth AND nose) during services. To ensure good hygiene (and make singing easier!) we will provide surgical masks to be used in place of personal cloth masks. They are disposable paper, 3-ply masks, with a nose bridge. You may also wear your own previously unused surgical paper masks.

3. Service leaders will be distanced at least 10 feet from the congregation as they sing and chant. Congregant seating will be arranged in small pods with at least 3-feet distancing between pods. You may rearrange chairs as needed in order to accommodate a larger family group.

4. Shofar will not be blown in the building during the service, but will be blown outdoors at the end of services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Neilah. 

5. If you are uncomfortable coming into the building, if you have been exposed to someone with Covid, or if you are not feeling well, please join our High Holy Day services on Zoom this year. If you attend via Zoom, please keep your camera on so we all can feel and see the presence of community. There will be opportunities to unmute and greet one another online both before and after services.

Children and Youth Services

We look forward to your children joining us for the High Holidays! All children attending services must be registered with their families by Friday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m. For the health and safety of all, here’s what to expect:

1. Due to the pandemic, unfortunately we will be unable to offer babysitting during services this year. All children who enter the building must be accompanied by adults and registered with their families. Children under 12 who are not eligible for vaccination may also attend the main service, but must sit with their families and remain masked. We will maintain the “prayground”—the area for small children, with books and toys—in the back of the sanctuary and will reserve the seating pods near it for families with small children. All children over the age of two must be masked whenever inside the synagogue

2. Youth Services are being held outside, weather permitting.  They were held from 10:30 to 11:30 on both mornings of Rosh Hashanah and will be outside again, weather permitting from 10:30 to 11:30 on Yom Kippur. This will cover the whole time of Yizkor. 

Children of any age and their families may attend these services. Those children who are enrolled in BI’s Rimon Hebrew School may attend Youth Services unaccompanied; children who are not enrolled in Rimon must be accompanied by an adult. If you arrive early, you are welcome to join us with your children in the main sanctuary, as noted above; or, kids can play outside with adult supervision until the Youth Service begins, and after.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Yom Kippur Service Schedule

Yom Kippur - September 15 and 16th 
All services are multi-access except where specified Zoom only or In Person only. Times for non-service events are in italics.

Wednesday, September 15
Mincha 6:15 p.m.

Kol Nidre 6:45 p.m.
Candle Lighting 6:39 p.m.

Thursday, September 16
Yom Kippur Morning Service (including Yizkor) 9:00 a.m.
Family and Children’s Service 10:30 a.m. (In Person Only)
Mincha  5:30 p.m.

Ne'ilah 6:45 p.m.
Tekiyah Gedolah followed by Havdallah 7:46 p.m.



Mon, September 20 2021 14 Tishrei 5782