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High Holidays 5781

The High Holidays mark a time in our lives where we typically take a step back and reflect on the previous year while making resolutions for the year ahead. This year is different in so many ways. We never imagined a virtual world but here we are, striving not to lose sight of the important parts of our lives, our spirituality, our faith and our love. 

This year, our High Holidays will not be in a cafeteria, kids will not be in classrooms, we will not be monitoring the noise in the hallway and we will not have a sea of bags in the atrium. Those parts will be missing but we will be together virtually welcoming in the new year.

We will hold services via zoom, families will gather together around a computer, listen to the shofar either online or in person in small gatherings throughout the week and we will daven together in a way we have not done before during these High Holy Days.

We can do this. We need spirituality, we need to connect and engage and we need to be together safely. 

We are working on a detailed schedule of events that we hope will do just that. Tashlich throughout various neighborhoods in small settings, hearing the shofar at a “Shofar Block Party” and a socially distanced nature walk with moments to meditate along the way are all ideas you confirmed from the previous survey that you would be interested in. We will preserve some of our traditions such as Operation Isaiah and a virtual communal break fast after Havdalah on Yom Kippur and while they will be different, we will make them happen with the understanding that we will have safety protocols in place provided by our community's COVID Task Force. 

This is a year of independent reflection for you and your family. Our hope is that you will find opportunities for your own personal growth and we want to help provide you with the tools to do so. Please take a moment to complete the google form here. Your input is important to all of us. 

5780 has been challenging in many ways. We look forward to closing out the year together as a community with a spirit of reflection and connectedness to help propel us into a 5781 filled with health, hope, and happiness. 

Wishing all of you an early L’Shana Tovah,
Your High Holidays Planning Team

Sat, August 15 2020 25 Av 5780