Rabbi Jan Uhrbach

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 will be holding multi-access High Holy Day services, to be led simultaneously via Zoom and in person (members only; accepting reservations for the wait list). 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, Tashlikh and BYO picnic lunch will take place at Mecox Beach in Bridgehampton, following the morning service (weather permitting).
  • On Wednesday September 8, we’ll join for an outdoor catered lunch, following the morning service (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.
  • Following Yom Kippur, join us for an outdoor communal break-fast open to all. Email us to RSVP and send 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 request in person seatsemail us.. Attendance will be capped to enable appropriate distancing. Priority will be given to members, followed by members’ guests ($175 per person).

For Zoom participationsign 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. The Zoom link and instructions will be emailed to everyone registered the day before Yom Kippur. NOTE: If you’re registering after 2 pm erev Yom Kippur, we will not be able to email you the Zoom link, but you can watch our livestream on our Facebook page.

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.

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