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Update: Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Dear Friends,

As more information becomes available on the transmissibility of the COVID Delta variant, we are adjusting plans for High Holy Days. Our Reopening Task Force continues to meet and monitor the latest information. While it is clear that vaccination is highly effective against serious illness, many in our community are being extra careful when it comes to indoor gatherings.

Our clergy team and board have made two important decisions, with the safety of our community in mind:

Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Kol Nidre services will be livestreamed only, with no in-person attendance for evening services.
Daytime services will be held outdoors in person and by livestream.

This plan will accommodate those who are comfortable attending a large gathering in person with everyone masked, and those who prefer to live stream from home.

Here is a summary of the current plan.

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah at 7:00 PM on livestream only (no in-person).
  • Kol Nidre on Erev Yom Kippur at 7:00 PM on livestream only (no in-person).
  • Early and Late morning services will be livestreamed and in-person at Beth Am in the Outdoor Chapel on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
  • Family Services continue as planned at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 10:00 AM.
  • Tot Services (ages 0-6) continue as planned at Beth Am in the Outdoor Chapel at 5:00 PM on Erev Rosh Hashanah and Erev Yom Kippur.
  • Yom Kippur Afternoon and Concluding services continue as planned at Beth Am in the Outdoor Chapel.
  • Seating will be available in the Outdoor Chapel and the Social Hall Patio. Large screen TVs will stream the services for those on the patio. These spaces will be covered by a tent.
  • All in-person participants will be required to wear a mask.
  • Everyone eligible to be vaccinated must be vaccinated to attend in person.

Based on the results of our recent survey, we believe we can accommodate everyone who would like to attend in person by offering an Early and a Late shift for the morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. If you plan to attend in person, you will need to register again by 8/31 to ensure your spot.  The new registration form is available here.  If you only intend to participate by livestream, you do NOT need to register again.

Because seating is limited, we will not sell tickets to non-members until we are certain that our members are accommodated (starting September 1). Non-member family members and friends may participate virtually by livestreaming the services at no charge.

Questions? Please attend the High Holy Day Information Session on Sunday, August 29, from 7:00-8:00 PM, by Zoom at this link. Full details are available on the High Holy Days area of the Beth Am website.

We appreciate everyone’s flexibility as the pandemic situation continues to evolve. We are grateful that with vaccination and masking, we will still be able to experience the High Holy Days in a meaningful way.

Shalom,

Rachel Tasch, Executive Director
Jay Hirsh, President
Jeremy S. Morrison, Senior Rabbi

Tue, September 21 2021 15 Tishrei 5782