Plans for the High Holidays
Rosh Hashanah is just six weeks away! Chisuk Emuna volunteers and staff are developing plans to enhance the experience of the High Holidays for you and your loved ones. Here are a few updates:
Yizkor and Kol Nidre
Plans are moving ahead to offer some high holiday services online. One idea that is being finalized is to hold our Yizkor (Memorial) Service just before Kol Nidre, on the eve of Yom Kippur. Just as in the past, there will be an opportunity for us to share the names of our loved ones who have died this past year. The technology will offer us an additional opportunity: the ability to share a photo, if we choose. More details about this and other service plans to come.
In our initial communication on our High Holidays plans, we shared tentative plans to host neighborhood gatherings on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. After review with Chisuk Emuna's Coronavirus Task Force, we have decided not to host any in-person gatherings, either indoors or outdoors. Though we will miss being together, we appreciate the counsel of the doctors and nurses guiding us in how to remain safe in the midst of this pandemic. And we will be sharing lots of ideas for family-based/pod-based celebrations.
High Holiday Bags
We are making plans to distribute High Holiday bags for each individual member and/or family. These will include machzorim (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer books), the Memorial Book, gifts and other resources to supplement your celebration of the High Holidays at home. Details about when you may pick up your bags and greet the Rabbi will be forthcoming! For those who are unable to pick up a bag, arrangements will be made for a volunteer to deliver it to your home.
Stay tuned for weekly updates about our upcoming Shabbat and holiday plans.
- Rabbi Ron Muroff