High Holidays 2021- 5782

Our High Holiday Committee, though, is hard at work getting all of the up-front tasks defined and underway. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the nature of the High Holiday services last year, one can logically ask what will happen this year. So here's the plan... First, the basics. Our current COVID-19 protocol will be in effect unless something significantly changes for the worse. It is our present view that that is a low probability scenario; but, we are keeping a close watch on the "Delta" virus variant.
1. All services will utilize the full sanctuary and social hall seating capacity.

2. IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED, i.e., you have received all required shots as per the vaccine
manufacturer and are 14 days past when the last shot was administered, masks and social
distancing are not required.
FOR THOSE NOT FULLY VACCINATED OR FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OLD, masks and social distancing are strongly recommended.

3. For some, continued wearing of masks and social distancing remains a personal choice and is encouraged.

4. Hand sanitizing stations will be in place and their frequent use is encouraged.

5. Normal (pre-COVID) practices associated with what happens on the bimah during services are back in effect, e.g., opening the ark, where to stand for an aliyah and afterwards, the presence of
gabbaim and a cantor, raising and dressing the Torah, etc.

6. Services will also be available on Zoom or other video teleconferencing technology with one
exception. The Alternative Service (2nd Rosh Hashanah) will not be broadcast on Zoom.
For the most part, our High Holiday services taking place in the synagogue should look and feel likethose all of us are accustomed to, the ones before the start of the pandemic. Some details are:
1. 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah will feature an outdoor Alternative Service at High Plains Gazebo/Pavilion
starting at 11am. The service in the sanctuary will end at 10:30, following the Rabbi's sermon.
2. There will be no screen sharing. Prayer books will be made available through the office.
3. Rabbi/Hazzan Marisa James will be with us again this year.
4. Babysitting will be available.
5. There will be the typical Youth Services on 1st Day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
6. A Tashlikh ceremony will be held at Wright's Pond immediately following the end of the 1st Day
Rosh Hashanah service.
7. There will be our usual Community Yizkor service (Yom Kippur, 4:30pm) that is open to the public.
8. And...we are planning on break-fast following the end of Neilah. The details of the food service arestill being worked out but will certainly entail the use of appropriate food handling precautions.
Since we're back and fully open, we encourage you to attend services in person. The holiday spirit will be amplified if we pray together. If you feel hesitant to join us in the sanctuary, please join us via Zoom.

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