We are excited to offer in-person services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this year. Details of this plan are below, subject to change as the situation develops. We welcome your questions and feedback. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Kehilat Hadar and Shaare Zedek will each hold their own in-person services, consistent with our plan when we began Joint Operations last year, to accommodate the needs of each community. We will come together as a larger community for outdoor and remote programming.
Kehilat Hadar’s in-person Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will be held at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave. at 120th St., with limited capacity, social distancing, and masks required.
Registration for services is strictly required. Due to limited space capacity and social distancing, we cannot guarantee that everyone who requests a place will receive a place for all of davening.
We will modify the service to prioritize safety, including, sadly, forgoing all communal singing.
Our fall fundraising campaign will be separate from High Holiday registration this year. Learn more and donate.
Registration for services is now closed.
- You are sick.
- You have felt sick in the past two weeks.
- You have been in close proximity with someone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID in the past two weeks.
- You have been asked to self-isolate.
- You have returned from a state on New York’s quarantine list in the past two weeks.
- Masks are required (covering both nose and mouth) at all times, and participants must bring their own. Masks with valves are not permitted.
- Social distancing rules (6 feet) must be maintained, except among those in the same household.
- According to building policy, a staff member at the church will take every person’s temperature upon entry using a non-contact thermometer.
- Elevator use is restricted to 1 household at a time. The room we’re meeting in is one floor below street level, with bathrooms on the same floor.
- Restroom use is restricted to up to 2 people at a time.
- Attendees are expected to stay in the main room throughout the service (other than to use the restroom) and are asked not to shmooze in the hallways or entryway.
- Anyone not adhering to these policies or following the instructions and reminders given will be asked to leave.
- We'll be spreading out chairs so that participants only sit with members of their household.
- The amud will be located at the front of the room rather than the center.
- There will not be a kiddush.
- At the end of services we will ask everyone to leave directly, while remaining distanced.
Riverside Church recently updated its cleaning procedures and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system, in many cases exceeding the guidelines set by the CDC, NY State, and NYC. New filters throughout the system have a MERV rating of 14, placing them in the highest filtration category (according to industry experts ASHRAE). The system will be running for the entire time people are in the building. Additional fresh air will be brought into the room through this system.
- Davening will be led at a quick pace and kept to at most 2.5 hours. To keep to this timeframe many traditional piyutim will have to be skipped.
- The shatz (leader) and the people reading Torah and Haftarah will chant the respective liturgy & texts, but there will be no communal singing.
- The Torah service will be modified to enable social distancing.
- We will be skipping the Rosh Hashanah shofar service indoors and will arrange for opportunities to hear shofar immediately following services as well as at other times and locations on Sunday, September 20.
- There will be no d’var Torah in person. Check out Hadar Institute’s High Holiday learning resources.
- Participants are asked to please bring their own talitot and kippot, as we won't be providing them. You’re welcome to either bring your own machzor, use one of ours during services, or request to borrow one to take home for the duration of the holiday season. If you’re registering for in-person services, you can make that request on the registration form. If you won’t be at in-person services and want to borrow a machzor, you can request one here.
Registration is now closed. Shannah Tovah!
- Piyut Yomi: Songs from High Holiday Services, September 13–17, 8:15 PM
- Rosh Hashanah Family Service in the Park, Saturday, September 19, 10:00 AM
- Outdoor Shofar Blowing, Sunday, September 20
- Borrow a machzor if you are not planning to attend services in person
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