What are the available options for the High Holy Days this year at Bet Torah?
High Holy Days services will once again be available in person with both a Sanctuary and Tent option, as well as virtually. We will welcome those who are fully vaccinated to attend services in the Sanctuary.
Vaccinated adults and children, and those children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, are welcome at the Tent Services. Masks will be required for those who are not vaccinated. (Masking for others and distancing requirements are still to be determined.). At least two of the tent sides will be open. In the Tent, Rabbi Sacks and a small group of congregants will lead us in prayer, song, and discussion.
Most services will be accessible virtually for those who are not yet comfortable returning in person.
As in years past, Rabbi Brusso will deliver his sermon in both the Sanctuary and the Tent services..
Where can I find the full schedule of services?
Erev Rosh Hashanah begins on Monday, September 6 with Maariv starting at 6:30 pm. Yom Kippur begins on Wednesday evening, September 15 with maariv at 6:30 pm and Kol Nidre at 7:00 pm. The full schedule can be found here.
Do I need to register to attend one or the other?
Tickets are required for in-person attendance at the following services:
Rosh Hashanah Morning Day 1: Tuesday September 7
Rosh Hashanah Morning Day 2: Wednesday September 8
Kol Nidre: Wednesday September 15
Yom Kippur Morning: Thursday September 16
Yizkor/ Ne’ilah: Thursday September 16
Tickets will be issued first come,-first served. Please contact Seth Young at email@example.com or (914) 666-7595 as soon as possible to request tickets if you have not already done so.
As a reminder, services in the Sanctuary and access to the building are only for fully vaccinated adults, teens, and children, with the exception of Family Services.
Vaccinated adults and children, and those children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, are welcome at Tent Services.
Congregants must stay in their designated service for the day. We are not allowing members to switch between the Sanctuary and the Tent on the same morning for COVID safety reasons.
Can I attend the Sanctuary service on both days of Rosh Hashanah? Is there a limit?
If you and the members of your family are fully vaccinated, you are able to attend services in the Sanctuary for the duration of the High Holy Days. Tickets are required and you must make your selections ahead of time on the ticket request form.
Can I choose to go to the Sanctuary service one day and the Tent service the next? Or hop from one to another on the same day?
You may register to attend the Sanctuary service (if fully vaccinated) on one day and the Tent service another day. However, we are not allowing members to switch from one service to another on the same day.
How are you checking who is vaccinated for the Sanctuary service?
We are relying on the honesty of our members to choose the appropriate service based on their vaccination status. According to the High Holy Day survey, 99.3% of responding households reported that all adults (ages 16 and up) had been fully vaccinated, and 98.7% of responding households with children between 12 and 15 said they too had been fully vaccinated.
Tickets will designate Sanctuary or Tent for the mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and will be checked at the door.
Will the Tent service be socially distanced?
Attendees at the Tent service are encouraged to sit in a pod with their family members and to leave empty seats between themselves and others. Ushers will be available to assist with seating.
Are masks required for vaccinated congregants?
All congregants must wear a mask, except when leading a portion of the service from the Sanctuary or Tent bimah.
Who are the clergy that will be leading services?
Rabbi Aaron Brusso and Cantor Gil Ezring are leading the Sanctuary services. Rabbi Lisa Sacks and a small group of congregants will lead prayer, song, and discussion in the Tent.
How can I get a copy of the Mahzor to use when I am attending virtually?
You may download an online copy, borrow one (or more) from Bet Torah, or purchase it from the publisher.
Learn more about the digital Mahzor at bettorah.org/hhd/mahzor.
If you would like to borrow Mahzorim, you may stop by Bet Torah August 24th to September 2nd, between 9am and 5pm.
You may also purchase your own print copy of the Lev Shalem Mahzor to use on these High Holy Days, if you order by Tuesday, August 24th. Click here to order.
If joining virtually, can I join either service in the middle or do I need to join at the start time?
You can join at any time and you may switch between services.
Can I get locked out of a service?
Tickets are required for both the Sanctuary and the Tent, and seating is on a first come-first served basis. There are no space limitations for members joining virtually.
Is there a maximum number of people who can join services?
The Sanctuary and Tent services each have a maximum number that is based on physical space and occupancy limitations, but we anticipate that we can accommodate those who want to attend.
Computers and Technology
What technology is needed to participate?
To participate in a virtual service, you will need an Internet connection and a way to access the internet whether via desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet (iPad or Surface).
Which service will be available online? The Sanctuary or Tent?
Most services in the Sanctuary and the Tent will be available online.
What if I won’t have access to technology?
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the start of the High Holy Days so we can discuss ways to stay connected and participate.
Who do I contact if I have technology issues?
Please email email@example.com
Is my family allowed to have two different devices logged in?
Yes, you are allowed to have as many devices logged in at a time. We just ask that you tell us ahead of time so we can ensure we have the right technology capacity.
Family Members and Guests
Will guest tickets be available this year?
Guest tickets for In-Person Services may be requested on the High Holy Days Ticket Request form. Guests include adult children ages 30+. The cost of each in-person guest ticket is $236. If you have not already requested your guest tickets, please contact Seth Young at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for guests attending virtually but we do ask that you provide their email addresses ahead of time.
Can I invite family from out of town to participate in the virtual service?
Yes, members may invite non-member friends and family to participate in the virtual service. There is no charge for guests attending virtually but we do ask that you provide their email addresses ahead of time.
Will there be a cost for non-members?
The cost of each guest ticket for in-person services is $236. There will not be a fee for guests for virtual services. However, contributions in any amount to Bet Torah’s annual fund would be warmly appreciated and help to fund our virtual experience.
Will there be programming for my children in Nursery School? Kulanu?
Unfortunately, our building cannot accommodate in-person children’s programming or babysitting during morning High Holy Day services this year. Vaccinated children are welcome to attend services in the Sanctuary. All children are welcome to attend services in the Tent. Masks are required in the Tent and members of the same household can sit together without social distancing.
We are excited to offer family services for our Nursery School and Kulanu families. Two family services will be conducted concurrently on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 at 4 pm and on Yom Kippur at 2:30 pm: Young Family Services (birth through grade 1) and for families with children in grades 2 through 6.
New this year will be a family Tashlich – 4:00 pm on Rosh Hashanah Day 2 at Leonard Park.
Afternoon and Evening Programming
Will there be a Tashlich ceremony?
We encourage congregants to gather for Tashlich in an outside, socially distanced manner. Learn all about Taschlich.
Two Bet Torah community Tashlich ceremonies are planned:
- Rosh Hashanah Day 1: 5:15 at Shoppers Park (behind the library) followed by mincha/maariv at 5:30
- Family Tashlich at 4:00 pm Rosh Hashanah Day 2 in Leonard Park