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Will all of Barnert Temple's High Holiday services be online this year?

Yes.  Given all that we know about how COVID-19 spreads, and all that we do not yet know, our High Holiday services and experiences will be shared on a digital platform this year.  There is simply no safe way to fill our Sanctuary and Social Hall with people and song.  We have been busy planning for remote High Holiday experiences for months.  Each person working on these efforts has demonstrated creativity, sensitivity, and openness to the transformative experiences that await us.  You can still expect to experience inspirational and meaningful worship and music that feels familiar and comforting.  You can also expect some new  and creative experiences designed to keep us connected and engaged while we are physically apart.

Will we have any opportunities to gather in person during the High Holidays?

Yes.  On day one of Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 19), we are organizing a community-wide drive-in shofar experience.  People will be able to gather in small groups at various locations around our county to blow their shofars.  We ask all who attend these small group gatherings to honor the social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines in place. 

How do I get my tickets for the High Holidays?

Everything this year is digital.  We are not printing physical tickets.  This year, tickets will come in the form of an email with links and directions to access our online services.  You must register in advance to receive your emails.  

You need to renew your Barnert membership for 2020-21 to receive tickets and be a member in good standing.  (If you haven't renewed your membership by making an Annual Commitment, click here.)  We also have opportunities for non-members to request tickets.  Click the link below for details.

Ticket requests should be made no later than Monday, September 14 (Rosh Hashanah) and Monday, September 21 for Yom Kippur.  Please don't delay. If you attempt to request tickets after this date, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your email with the links and passwords before the High Holidays.

Click here for details on our ticket policy and requesting tickets.

In addition to services, how else can I participate in the High Holidays at Barnert?

Small Groups for Elul (Aug. 21 - Sept. 17):  During the month of Elul, the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah, we will be organizing small groups that meet once a week to discuss the "big" questions we typically ask ourselves as we prepare for the High Holidays and teshuvah.

Video Greetings (Deadline Sept. 4): This year, Barnert Sisterhood is collecting High Holiday greeting videos that will be played before and after Rosh Hashanah services.  If you don't want to record a video greeting, you can also submit a written greeting, and we'll create a slide for you to add to our video loop.  Click here for details. 

Book of Remembrance (Deadline Aug. 26):  We are creating a digital Book of Remembrance to remember those we have lost.  To add names to the book, click here for details.

Tashlich is outside?  Will we be gathering in person for this ritual?

Unfortunately, no.  Barnert typically has a sizeable gathering of members and extended family for our Tashlich ritual.  In addition, the guidelines for safe, outdoor gatherings change as conditions change.   Instead, we have come up with a creative alternative for our members to participate in the Tashlich ritual.  Stay tuned for details.

Will we be having a special service for families with young children?

Absolutely!  We typically have wonderful attendance at our young family services, and we know how important it is to keep our kids connected and engaged.  Visit our High Holiday Schedule pages for dates and times of our Young Family Experiences.

Do I need a machzor to participate in or follow our services this year?

No.  The machzor is the prayer book we use during the High Holidays.  One of the unique challenges Rabbi Steiner has had this year is creating services and High Holiday experiences that do not require each participant to have his/her own machzor.  

What if I have a technical question or issue related to the online services?

There will be technical support volunteers available to answer your questions.  As the High Holidays approach, we will post the phone numbers and email addresses here for you.

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