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Due to weather concerns, our 9:30 Early Childhood Service and our 3:00pm Family Service will be held indoors.
Both services will be available on the High Holy Days Livestream page.

I have children under the age of 12 - What are my options?

We encourage all families with children under the age of 12 to attend our afternoon options for families at 3pm on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The service will be approx. 45 mins long. We hope to hold these outdoors but we need you to register in case the weather does not cooperate so we can ensure we have capacity if we need to move indoors. There is also an early childhood service for those with children under the age of 5 that will be approx. 30 mins long.
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I have children under the age of 12 but would like to attend an adult morning service

We are offering a children’s program and childwatch at the temple if you choose to register for in person attendance at a morning service. Children over two will need to wear face masks and we will be following all school protocols. We will only run this program if there is sufficient demand so you must register by August 22. You may also choose to livestream the morning services from home this year.
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I would like to attend a morning service in person. What are my options?

For all who are over 12 and full vaccinated, there are two adult morning service options on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, held simultaneously. A service with musical instruments and some choral music will take place in the sanctuary and a more traditional a capella service will take place in the social hall. Note that the Rosh Hashanah service is early morning and the Yom Kippur service is late morning. If registrations received by the deadline demonstrate a high demand for in-person attendance, this schedule allows for us to create an additional opportunity if needed. We will be making that final determination on August 23 so you must register before then to be sure of a seat.
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What is the difference between the two Kol Nidre services?

Our Kol Nidre service in the sanctuary, led by Rabbi Eiduson and Sharon Brown Goldstein, begins with a rendition on cello of Bruch’s Kol Nidre and is followed by a more traditional liturgy a capella. Our Kol Nidre service in the social hall, led by Rabbi Gurevitz and Lisa Marcus Jones, includes musical instruments and takes a thematic approach to entering Yom Kippur with a creative service that dips into the traditional liturgy. We will also hear Bruch’s Kol Nidre during the service. This year’s theme is ‘From heartbroken to open hearted.’
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Will there be a community Tashlich ritual this year?

Yes! Tashlich is a short ritual that ends with scattering bird seed into the water. You will also hear the shofar at this outdoor ceremony. We are offering two times to gather at Lake Chauncey beach in Westborough on the 1st day of Rosh Hashanah – 10.45am and 4pm. The morning gathering begins shortly after the end of the adult morning services. The afternoon gathering begins shortly after the end of the family service. No registration is required.
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Which services will be available to watch online?

We will be streaming all services from the sanctuary and the social hall so you will have the same choice of service if you choose to join us from home this year. We may be able to stream our outdoor family services too and will confirm that in final communications to the congregation shortly before the holy days begin.
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How will I follow along if I choose to watch from home?

We are able to make a limited number of sets of our High Holy Day prayer books available for loan on request via this form. If you did not previously take advantage of the opportunity to order your own copies shared in previous communications, you can also access the prayer book from home as a digital copy. The kindle-formatted version is available for purchase here and a free flip-book version can be viewed on a browser here.
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Thu, September 16 2021 10 Tishrei 5782