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Update and Schedule for High Holy Days

08/02/2020 05:00:25 PM


Aug. 2, 2020

Dear Congregation Beth Ahabah Family,

Thank you so much for your participation in our In-Person Shabbat & High Holy Days Participation Survey! We are proud to report that approximately 50% of our membership responded to the survey and shared their thoughts, questions, concerns, and excitement about ideas for us to stay connected during High Holy Day services this fall. We could not make these important and difficult decisions without your input.

Based on the health and safety information available to us as well as feedback from the survey,
the High Holy Day (HHD) services this fall will be fully virtual, streamed from the Sanctuary.

Some details are still being finalized, but we wanted to let you know what we have planned thus far…

You’ll have the best seat in the house. These virtual services will include all of the familiar aspects of the High Holy Days with prayers and readings alongside Cantorial, choral, and cello music, all in a dynamic multi-camera presentation run by a professional videography company.

Both printed and digital prayer books will be available. As always, we encourage all of you to sing and pray along using the machzor (High Holy Day prayer books). Everyone will have the opportunity either to use the free virtual flip-books available online thanks to the generosity of CCAR Press, or to pick up print books from Beth Ahabah to borrow during the HHD. (Print books will be available to borrow on a limited basis; more information will be communicated about how to sign up for, pick up, and drop off printed versions of the regular HHD books as well as the Young Family Service books.)

Guest “Tickets” and Access to Services will be available. Information to easily access all virtual services will be provided at a later date. Some services will be publicly visible, and some services will require a member/guest password to view. In a typical year, Congregation Beth Ahabah raises over $9,000 in the sale of guest tickets. This year, we are making guest “tickets” available to enable non-members to access these virtual services. We are suggesting a minimum donation of $54 per individual / $180 per family when guest “tickets” are requested by a member. (Members in good standing will receive access to all HHD services at no additional cost, as usual.)

Additionally, we are working on other ways to enhance our High Holy Days experience and engage with our community, and we will let you know as we schedule them! We are committed to making this High Holy Day season as memorable and fulfilling as possible for our entire Congregational community.


Schedule of Services and Activities (more may be added):

Click here to view updated schedule!


We are an amazing community. Thank you for your patience and honest feedback as we continue to navigate the uncertainty of this time together. We look forward to resuming our many in-person activities as soon as it is safe to do so, and until then offering as many ways to connect and engage at a safe distance as possible! We thank you for working with us and we are so grateful that we are working through this difficult time together.

Rabbi Scott Nagel
The Sophia and Nathan Gumenick Senior Rabbi

Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman
Cantor and B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator

Heather Dinkin
Director of Congregational Operations

James Hensley
Facilities Manager

Charley Scher
President, Board of Managers

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