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High Holidays 2021 / 5782

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High Holiday Schedule 

Looking forward to worshipping together on the High Holidays. Please note members must register for all in-person services, whether inside the building or outside. Guests are welcome on Zoom, but must register. 

More details about the services are below, including COVID safety requirements.

Vaccinated members can choose to attend one morning service in person in the Sanctuary  on Yom Kippur,  either the Traditional Service or Spirit of  Yom Kippur.   All are welcome at evening services outside. Vaccinated members can also attend N'eilah in the Sanctuary.  In addition, family services are outside in the tent in the afternoon.   All services are also available on Zoom.

Reserve your Sukkot and Simchat Torah Service here

 

Shalom Chaverim,

We wish you a Shana Tovah U’metukah – a good and sweet new year for 5782! We made it through 5781 – together – and we look forward to being here for each other this year, praying, learning, celebrating, socializing and supporting each other as a community.

Rosh Hashana begins on the evening of Monday, September 6 and Yom Kippur begins on the evening of Wednesday, September 15.


We are offering a variety of opportunities to worship together, in-person indoors, outdoors and online. We continue to carefully monitor local health data and guidelines, and we recommend you stay informed, too. You are the only one who can decide what is the best way for you and your family to participate in our High Holiday services this year.

*Please note this schedule may change if data and/or guidelines require it.


Service Highlights:

  • We will gather together for evening services for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) in-person and outside in front of the building, or you can join us over Zoom. In case of bad weather, services will be on Zoom only.
  • We are excited to offer fully vaccinated congregants the opportunity to attend one morning service in the sanctuary during the High Holidays. You may select one service to attend in our Sanctuary from our Traditional services or Spirit of the High Holidays on either the first day of Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur (four options). These will also be available on Zoom.  Fully vaccinated members may also attend second day Rosh Hashanah services and Neilah in the sanctuary, with registration. 
  • The Rabbi's sermon followed by the Shofar service will take place during the Traditional Services. On Rosh Hashanah Day 1, the sermon will begin at 9:45 a.m. and on Day 2, it will begin at 10:45 a.m. The president's message will follow the Shofar service on Day 1 and will be repeated at the Spirit of the High Holidays.  These will also be on Zoom. 
  • There will be limited capacity in the Sanctuary to assure adequate space between individuals or family pods. Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Family services, geared to different age groups, will be outside in the tent the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashana and on Yom Kippur. Masks must be worn. You can also attend via Zoom.
  • Tashlich will be held in person at Lake Accotink, near the dam as last year. Look for the Rabbi's bright kipah!

 Our in-person outdoor services will take place in front of the building, unless specified to be in the tent. We are blessed to have plenty of room in our parking lot, which allows us to offer good distancing for these in-person services. 

Please be respectful of others by observing our spacing guidelines and keeping your mask on at all times. That includes interactions with members, volunteers and staff, including the Rabbi. 

Please see the following schedule and the COVID Safety Measures that we are employing for a particular service. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Office if you have any further questions or requests. Please register for the in-person services you will be attending, including those outdoors.  Guests are welcome to join any of our Zoom services. Participation in our Zoom services is free again this year, while a donation from any guests would be appreciated.

We look forward to entering this year, together, as Adat Reyim, our “community of friends.” 
 
Shana Tovah U’metukah,
Andrea Sobel
Rebecca Geller
Co-Presidents
 



Important Notes about this Year’s High Holiday Services (the schedule follows)

  • All services will be available on Zoom, except as noted.  Everyone is welcome. Guests may attend at no cost, and they will need to register online to get the Zoom link. 
  • Outdoor services/programs are open to all members regardless of vaccination status.
  • Sanctuary services are restricted to members who are fully-vaccinated.
  • Programs for Religious School and Youth are included below in BLUE font.
  • You must make an online reservation to attend any in-person service. Capacity is limited, so make your reservations early.



See the information at the end for “What to expect when coming to the Synagogue.”

COVID Safety Measures:  All in-person events, indoors and outdoors, will be socially distanced.  A mask covering your nose and mouth is required for anyone over the age of 2, with no exceptions.  If you can’t comply with this requirement, we understand and welcome you to join us over Zoom. Thank you for your support in this matter. 


SCHEDULE OF HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES AND EVENTS



 
Holiday Kickoff Event - Sunday, August 29
4:00 pm    Gateway to a New Year! Celebrate our New Bima
Where: Front of the Building and on Zoom.
Note: Bring lawn chairs/food for picnic afterwards 


Erev Rosh Hashana - Monday, September 6 (Labor Day)
5:30 – 6:15 pm    Family Blessings & Candle Lighting (K-7th grade)                 
Where: Zoom-only

7:00 – 8:00 pm            Rosh Hashana Evening Services
Where: Front of the Building and on Zoom
Note: You will be seated on pavement, please bring lawn/beach chairs, no blankets or food.
 

Rosh Hashana Day 1 - Tuesday, September 7 
8:30 – 11:00 am      Rosh Hashana Morning Service (Traditional)
9:45-10:00 am  Rabbi's Sermon
10:00 -10:10 am  Shofar Service
10:10-10:15 am  President's Speech*
 *The President will also deliver her speech at the Spirit Service later this day.                                                                                                      Where: The Sanctuary and on Zoom.
Note: Fully-vaccinated members only.
 
11:45 – 1:15 pm      Spirit of Rosh Hashana Service (Innovative)
Where: The Sanctuary and on Zoom
Note: Fully-vaccinated members only.
 
2:15 – 3:00 pm     Religious School Aged Family Service (2nd-6th gr.)
Where: The Tent and on Zoom
 
3:30 – 4:15 pm     Young Children’s Service (Birth-2nd grade)
Where: The Tent and on Zoom
 
4:45 – 5:30 pm     Teen Program (7th-12th grade)
Where: The Tent and on Zoom

 
5:45 pm     Tashlich at Lake Accotink, 7500 Accotink Park Rd, Springfield
Where: Lake Accotink Park, No Zoom.  Gather by the underpass, and look for Rabbi Glazer, and her colorful kippah. In keeping with park regulations, we will provide small stones for your use in symbolically casting off your sins. 

 
Rosh Hashana Day 2 – Wednesday, September 8
9:30 am – 12:00 pm    Rosh Hashanah Morning Service (Traditional)

*10:45-11:00 am   Rabbi's Sermon
*11:00 -11:10 am   Shofar Service
Where: The Sanctuary and on Zoom
Note: Fully-vaccinated members only.
 
Erev Yom Kippur – Wednesday, September 15
6:15 – 8:00 pm    Kol Nidre Service (Traditional)
Where: Front of the building and on Zoom
Note: You will be seated on pavement, please bring lawn/beach chairs, no blankets or food.
 
Yom Kippur – Thursday, September 16
8:30 – 10:00 am    Spirit of Yom Kippur Service (Innovative)
Where: The Sanctuary and Zoom
Note: Fully-vaccinated members only.
 
10:45 am – 1:15 pm    Yom Kippur Morning Service with Yizkor (Traditional)
Where: The Sanctuary and Zoom
Note: Fully-vaccinated members only.
 
3:00 – 3:45 pm     Religious School Aged Family Service (2nd-6th)
Where: In-Person in the Tent and on Zoom
 
4:15 – 5:00 pm      Young Children’s Service (Birth-2nd Grade)
Where: The Tent and on Zoom
 
5:30 – 6:15 pm      Teen Program (7th-12th grade)
Where: The Tent and on Zoom
 
6:45 – 7:15 pm      Haftarah Reading, The Story of Jonah
Where: Zoom-only

 
7:20 – 8:00 pm      Ne’ilah - Closing Service (Traditional)
Where: The Sanctuary and on Zoom.
Note: Fully-vaccinated members only.
Concludes with Tekiyah Gedolah 
 
SUKKOT, SHEMINI ATZERET AND SIMCHAT TORAH
Pre-Sukkot – Sunday, September 19
10:00 - 11:45 a.m.       Religious School Sukkot Program (In person only)

 
Sukkot – Tuesday, September 21
9:30 am - 12:00 pm    Sukkot Festival Morning Services (Traditional) 
Where: The Sanctuary and on Zoom
Note: Fully-vaccinated members only. 
BYO Lulav & Etrog if you have them.  
 
Sukkot – Wednesday, September 22
7:00 - 7:30 (NEW) Celebrate in the Sukkah with Rabbi Glazer! Come shake the lulav and etrog.  
Where: The Sukkah (no Zoom)
Note: All welcome. BYO Lulav & Etrog if you have them.
7:30 - 8:00 pm  Minyan
Where: In the Sanctuary and on Zoom
Note: Fully-vaccinated members only

Hoshana Rabbah/Shemini Atzeret - Monday, September 27
6:30 - 7:30 pm  Services for Hoshana Rabbah & Shemini Atzeret, 
with Yizkor (Traditional) 
Where: The Sanctuary and on Zoom
Note: Fully-vaccinated members only. 
 
Erev Simchat Torah - Tuesday, September 28
6:30 - 7:30 pm    Simchat Torah with Shir Reyim
Where: The front of the building and on Zoom
If weather does not cooperate, join the dance party on Zoom



What to Expect When Coming To The Synagogue
 



Joining Together In The Sanctuary

  • Reservations are required. Capacity is capped at 75 participants - members only.
  • Participants must be fully vaccinated.  This is an honor system. 
  • Masks must be worn by participants, and should cover the nose and mouth and not have exhale valves.  Service leaders will not be masked, and will be approximately 15-20 feet from the nearest participants. 
  • We will have clusters of chairs for groups of family members or friends.  Each cluster will be separated from others by approximately 6 feet in all directions. 
  • Members of the Choir will enhance our services via Zoom or video, and will not be leading from the Sanctuary. 
  • We have installed MERV 13 filters in our HVAC systems.
  • Our restrooms will be open. Our water fountains are off, and we will have bottled water available. 
  • We will have prayer books, tallitot, and kippot. You may also bring your own. 

 
Joining Together In Front Of The Synagogue

  • Reservations are required for all participants. Capacity is capped at 100 groups.
  • Participants need not be vaccinated.  
  • Masks must be worn by participants, and should cover the nose and mouth and not have exhale valves.  Service leaders will not be masked, and will be approximately 15-20 feet from the nearest participants. 
  • Please bring your own chairs, as some will be spread out on our asphalt parking lot.  We will provide markers on the ground for family or group cluster. The center of each cluster will be separated from others by approximately 10 feet in all directions. 
  • Our restrooms will be open. Our water fountains are off, and we will have bottled water available. 
  • We will have prayer books, tallitot, and kippot. You may also bring your own. 

 
Joining Together In The Tent

  • Reservations are required. Capacity is capped at 50 participants.  
  • Participants need not be vaccinated.  
  • Masks must be worn by participants, and should cover the nose and mouth and not have exhale valves.  Service leaders will not be masked, and will be approximately 15-20 feet from the nearest participants. 
  • The tent is an open-air structure, and there are 4 exhaust fans along one side to draw air out of the tent. 
  • We will have clusters of chairs for groups of family members or friends.  Each cluster will be separated from others by approximately 3 feet in all directions. 
  • Our restrooms will be open. Our water fountains are off, and we will have bottled water available. 
  • We will have prayer books, talitot, and kippot. You may also bring your own. 

 


Sun, September 19 2021 13 Tishrei 5782