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High Holidays 2020/5781

Registration-

Registration for in person services is very close to full.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist or talk about current seat openings please contact programming@bethjacobvt.org.

Zoom registration form: No deadline, please avoid registering right before/during a service                                                                                      Use this form if you are not interested in attending in person services, and would only like to attend via Zoom.

Dear members and friends of Beth Jacob Synagogue,

As the High Holidays approach, I wanted to give you an overview of how we're organizing services and other celebrations. Here's our current plan, which is subject to change based on the progression of COVID-19.

1. Zoom option. For those who prefer to stay home, nearly all services will be streamed live on Zoom. A few events, like Tashlich, will be in-person only and outdoors.

2. Outdoor services. Due to the pandemic, we will have no indoor services or events this year. For those who wish to join others and pray in person, we will be holding outdoor services -- weather permitting -- at the synagogue. These will be led by Danny Dubin, a third-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College near Boston.

We will check the weather prior to each service and make a decision to proceed live or offer the service Zoom-only. Everyone who has a reservation for that service will be notified of any cancellations.

3. No tents. We will NOT have tents due to lack of availability (they've all been reserved by schools and other venues), high cost, poor sight lines between the congregation and the rabbi, and concerns over health risks due to poor air circulation.

4. Preregistration required! Due to social distancing requirements, we can accommodate about 25 people per outdoor service. Next week, we will open registration and ask you to choose the services you wish to attend. A week before the holidays, you'll be notified which services you have been selected to attend in-person. (As a reminder, everyone can participate via Zoom.)

We will do our best to ensure that people who want to attend can join us at the synagogue for at least one service. As in the past, we won't be charging for tickets, though donations are heartily encouraged. We will give seating priority to current Beth Jacob members.

To summarize: it's a massive effort to organize simultaneous live-and-Zoom services while working to keep everyone safe and also keep an eye on the weather. A significant percentage of our community wants to gather for the holidays, while others prefer to stay home. We are doing our best to accommodate both.

We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and compassion as we navigate
this "new normal." Be well!

Andy Robinson
President

Leader-

Danny Dubin                                                                                                            Danny Dubin is a third year rabbinical student at Hebrew College and originally hails from the Chicagoland area. Danny grew up as an active participant in the Reform Movement, including many summers spent at URJ Camp OSRUI in Wisconsin. He attended American University in Washington, D.C., and found his passion for learning Torah while studying abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Danny has worked at Hillel for Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and American University. Aside from all things Jewish, Danny is a professional magician, and he performs magic for corporate and private events nationwide. He was previously living in Chicago and pursuing his passion for magic before beginning rabbinical school at Hebrew College.

Schedule-

Rosh Hashanah 
Friday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.  Evening service – in person and Zoom.

Saturday, September 19
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.            Shacharit service – Zoom only.
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Torah service and Musaf – in person and Zoom.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.              Afternoon study group – Zoom only.
 
Humanist Service
Saturday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. – Zoom only.
This participatory service in English embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture, values, traditions, and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas. Led by Matt Levin.

Second Day Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 20 
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.            Shacharit service – Zoom only.
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Torah service, Shofar service, Musaf
                                           – in person and Zoom.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.              Tashlich – in person only, Montpelier recreation                                                  field, Poolside Drive, off Elm Street

Yom Kippur
Sunday, September 27 – in person and Zoom.
5:45 – 6:00 p.m.  Musical rendition played on viola by Ruth Einstein 
6:00 p.m. sharp   Kol Nidre Service 

Monday, September 28
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.    Shacharit service – Zoom only.
10:30 – 12:15 p.m.  Torah service, Yizkor and Musaf – in person and Zoom.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.      Afternoon Study Group – Zoom only.
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.      Additional Yizkor service – in person and Zoom.
6:00 p.m.                 Afternoon and Neila service – in person and Zoom.
7:18 p.m.                 Shofar blowing and Havdalah – in person and Zoom.
 

Registration-

Registration for in person services is very close to full.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist or talk about current seat openings please contact programming@bethjacobvt.org.

Zoom registration form: No deadline, please avoid registering right before/during a service

Use this form if you are not interested in attending in person services, and would only like to attend via Zoom.

 

 

 

 

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781