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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.

What are some of the similarities and differences between this year’s High Holy Days and a typical year at Congregation B’nai Shalom?

This year our services are on a new schedule that we’ve created that provides us with the flexibility we need in case we have to make further changes to our plans (e.g. adding additional services to accommodate everyone).

  • We are requiring advance registration to be completed  no later than August 20 for our indoor services for anyone wishing to attend in person so that we can ensure we can accommodate everyone.
  • This year, we are providing opportunities to attend both our more musically diverse Sanctuary service with choir and our more Traditional unaccompanied Adult service in our Social Hall.
  • Our family and early childhood services are now scheduled for the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Weather permitting, they will be outdoors.
  • Our adult services will run at a similar length to last year, which means that the liturgy will be a little abbreviated.
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How will I access services if I want to watch from home this year?

We will provide High Holy Day viewing links to all members, and all guests who have registered in advance, approximately 48 hours before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Both the adult-orientated sanctuary and social hall services will be available to watch from home. Our family and early childhood services, if weather permits them to be outdoors, are the only services that will not be available online.
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Will we hear the Shofar this year?

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When will I hear the Rabbis’ sermons this year?

The Rabbi’s sermons will be delivered as part of the main services this year. The Livestream archive of each service will be available shortly after each service ends, and we will also aim to have just the sermon segments of each video uploaded to our B’nai Shalom YouTube Channel within 48 hours of each service.
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Will I hear Torah chanted this year?

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What will we use as a prayer book?


For all those attending in person, we will be using our hard copy High Holy Day machzorim Mishkan Hanefesh this year. For those choosing to watch from home, we have a limited number of sets of machzorim that can be requested and signed out from the temple. Information is at We also encourage those who are able to purchase their own copies for use at home.

A hardcover edition of Mishkan Hanefesh is available at at this link,  and a digital version of is available at this link. Use code MHN20 for a 20% discount on the hardcover edition. A free FlipBook version of Mishkan Hanefesh is available at
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What are you providing to engage our children?


This year we are providing in person early childhood and family services on Rosh Hashanah afternoon and Yom Kippur afternoon. We hope to hold these outdoors for everyone’s comfort. In wet weather, we will need to move inside and face masks will be required for anyone over 2 years old.

We will also be offering children’s programs for those in grades 1-6, and Childwatch for children aged 2-5 on Rosh Hashanah morning and Yom Kippur morning to enable parents to attend the adult services. Advance registration is required by August 20 if you wish your child to attend. Safety protocols will be in place, with physical distancing and face masks required for everyone attending these programs.

New this year, we are providing a Yom Kippur afternoon Teen program from 2-4pm for students in 7th-12th grade.
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Will there be a Tashlich ritual this year?


Yes., There will be two different times that you might choose to gather with the community at Lake Chauncy for Tashlich. Additionally we will provide everyone will a copy of the ritual (with a link to a recording of Rabbi Gurevitz leading the ritual) and seed packets will be distributed at the end of each of our Rosh Hashanah services for those who choose to perform the ritual by themselves or with a group of friends at another location.
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Thu, September 16 2021 10 Tishrei 5782