Rabbi Jan Uhrbach

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תִּכְלֶה שָׁנָה וְקִלְלוֹתֶיהָ
תָּחֵל שָׁנָה וּבִרְכוֹתֶיהָ

May this year’s troubles end,
and a year of blessing begin.

(from the Rosh Hashanah Evening liturgy)

We anticipate holding multi-access High Holy Day services, to be led simultaneously via Zoom and in-person at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. All services will be co-led by Rabbi Jan Uhrbach and Rabbi Michael Boino.  As the course of the Delta variant evolves, our plans for in-person services may need to change. In whichever modality you participate, we’re confident that services will be beautiful and inspiring, and that with your help we will truly be a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community. 

 

WHAT WILL SERVICES BE LIKE?

Our services will strive to balance the following values and goals:

  • keeping the familiar melodies and liturgy we most love, maintaining the integrity of the liturgy, and providing inspiring and challenging learning;
  • providing a space that’s both physically and emotionally safe;
  • including all of us, and maintaining one cohesive community, despite not all being physically together;
  • innovating to benefit from the technology;
  • respecting the limits of screen time, and of safe in-person gather times; 
  • holding a sense of sanctity, wherever we are, throughout the day.

The structure of services will be similar to last year.

On Rosh Hashanah (September 7/8):

  • Each day’s morning service will be about half its usual length.
  • We’ll include a short Zoom-only afternoon service. The Torah reading will be included in this afternoon services instead of the morning, and include discussion.
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah services (September 6) will be Zoom only.
  • On Tuesday September 7, following morning services, Tashlikh and a BYO lunch will take place at Mecox Beach in Bridgehampton (weather permitting).
  • On Wednesday September 8, morning services will be followed by a catered lunch open to all (RSVP and proof of vaccination required; location provided on reservation).

On Yom Kippur (September 15/16)

  • Recognizing the importance of a fully immersive experience and the challenge of staying focused through the fast, we’ll be offering a full day of services, broken up into smaller chunks, and interspersed with breaks.
  • Each part will have a specified start time, and run around an hour and a half at most.
  • To attend in person, you’ll be asked to sign up for specific slots during the day.
  • Yom Kippur will be followed by a communal break-fast open to all (RSVP and proof of vaccination required; location provided on reservation).

Each day, Rabbi Uhrbach will be offering more frequent teachings, interspersed throughout, rather than one longer sermon.

The full schedule is available here, but is subject to revision; please watch for emails announcing any changes, and check the schedule before attending.

 

INTERESTED IN JOINING US?

To join us via Zoom, sign up here.  For security reasons, please list on the form the name and email address of  every member of your party planning to log in separately. Please note that when you log in, your Zoom ID must identify you by name. We will not be able to admit anyone with a generic ID such as “iPhone” or a phone number we don’t recognize. We are asking a minimum contribution of $175 from non-members. The Zoom link and instructions will be emailed to everyone registered the week before Rosh Hashanah.

As always, participation in High Holy Day services is part of membership in CSH. For those who wish to join us for prayer but not as members, we ask for our usual minimum contribution of $175, to help defray our expenses. And of course, we hope members and non-members will be as generous as you can, enabling us to continue the work we do. Click here to pay your membership dues or fulfill your High Holy Day pledge.

To request to be added to the waiting list for in-person seats, email us at cshpres@gmail.com. Due to limited capacity, in-person attendance is limited to members and members’ guests ($175 per person). Seats will be confirmed before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Given the limited capacity, when you fill out the form, you must specify the precise number of people in your party attending each service. In addition we ask that you:

  • submit proof of vaccination in advance for everyone in your party;
  • wear a mask at all times indoors;
  • read and commit to abiding by our safety guidelines;
  • be current in your membership dues and all guest or non-member fees no later than September 1, 2021.

For more information or if you have any questions, email us.