תִּכְלֶה שָׁנָה וְקִלְלוֹתֶיהָ תָּחֵל שָׁנָה וּבִרְכוֹתֶיהָ

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

(from the Rosh Hashanah Evening liturgy)

REGISTERING FOR SERVICES

Note:  For everyone’s safety, you must register to attend services, whether in person or via Zoom.

MEMBERS:  CSH membership includes participation in High Holy Day services for up to 2 adults (1 for individual membership), and children through college age living at home. Members may bring additional guests for a minimum contribution of $175 each (in person and/or via Zoom). 

NON-MEMBERS:  Non-members are welcome for a minimum contribution of $250 per person (in person and/or via Zoom).

COMMUNITY MEALS

On Rosh Hashanah, we hope to have outdoor communal lunches both days, weather permitting, either on site at Bay Street Theater or right nearby.
On Yom Kippur, we’ll enjoy an outdoor communal break-fast, again on site or right nearby.

RSVP required for all meals. Locations will be provided on reservation.

LOCATION AND PARKING

  • In person services will be held at the gracious and very comfortable Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, located at the foot of Main Street (and the corner of Bay Street) on the Long Wharf, opposite the windmill.
  • Sag Harbor offers lots of free parking within easy walking distance of the theater. Print out this Sag Harbor Parking Pamphlet for a map of municipal lots, with hourly limits. The closest long-term parking is along West Water Street, or in the Gravel Lot on Bridge Street behind the post office (#9 on the map).
  • NOTE: Curbside parking in front of the theater is 30 minutes only. 
  • All services will be multi-access, with participation both in person and via Zoom. If you’ll be in the Hamptons, we strongly encourage you to participate in person whenever possible.  However 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. 

COVID SAFETY

  • Appropriate masks are required indoors at all times. Proof of vaccination must be submitted in advance of attendance, unless we already have it on file. 
  • The Bay Street Theater is an especially COVID-safe venue. They are a fully vaccinated company, the building and theater have been renovated with upgraded air ventilation, and they conduct regular routine cleaning and disinfecting, especially of all performance and shared spaces.
  • Our goal is for everyone to feel safe in the building. Please respect others’ safety needs by leaving space between seats, and being sensitive to maintaining appropriate distance in conversation. Please comply promptly and cheerfully if someone asks you to adjust your mask or take a step back.

ZOOM PARTICIPATION

The Zoom link and instructions will be emailed to all registrants prior to the High Holy Days.  For security reasons, everyone who might be logging in separately must be listed on the registration form. 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.
NOTE: If you’re registering after 2 pm on the eve of the holy day, we will not be able to email you the Zoom link, but you can watch our livestream on our Facebook page.

WHAT WILL SERVICES BE LIKE?

Rabbi Jan Uhrbach

Rabbi Michael Boino

Cantorial Student Justin Pellis

Services will be co-led by Rabbis Jan Uhrbach and Michael Boino, and we’re delighted this year to welcome JTS Cantorial Student Justin Pellis.  

High Holiday services at CSH are joyful, beautiful, relevant, transformative, and participatory, with lots of congregational singing.  If you’re used to Conservative services, you’ll find the liturgy and many of the melodies to be very familiar.  If you’re used to a Reform or Reconstructionist Service — or if you’re not used to services at all — you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to find your way, feel at home, and really be engaged.

We’re thrilled to be sharing the bimah together in person for the first time in 3 years, and look forward to the most beautiful services we’ve ever had, filled with gorgeous melodies and rich harmonies. Even as we return to in-person worship, we’re holding onto these values and goals:

  • keeping the familiar melodies 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;
  • respecting the limits of safe in-person gather times and screen time;
  • holding a sense of sanctity, wherever we are, throughout the day.

Rosh Hashanah morning services will again include the Torah service, but services will be shorter. We’ll formally begin at 9:30 with Barkhu, but we welcome you to join us for the preliminary parts of the service at 9:15.  Services should end by 12:30.
On Yom Kippur, our full day of services will be interspersed with breaks, to step outside and remove masks.  Each section will have a specified start time, and run around 90 minutes. 

OUR PRAYERBOOK

We use the highly acclaimed Machzor Lev Shalem, the Conservative movement’s rich new High Holy Day prayerbook, which our own Rabbi Jan Uhrbach helped author. The prayerbook has the full Hebrew text found in most Conservative and Orthodox synagogues, but it also includes many classical prayers from non-Ashkenazic Jewish traditions — from Sephardic Jewry, the land of Israel, Italy, Yemen, and others. The translation is completely new, and everything chanted or read aloud is fully transliterated on the page. Each page also contains explanatory comments, inspirational readings, and a wealth of poetry.

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Wear whatever makes you feel prayerful and comfortable. For some people, dressing up adds to the sense of seriousness and sanctity; others find less formality more conducive to focus.
  • On Yom Kippur, it is traditional not to wear leather shoes, and to refrain from perfume and makeup (both literally and figuratively – the day is about being real).  Some people choose to dress all in white. Some also refrain from wearing gold jewelry (so as not to evoke the Golden Calf!).
  • We do ask everyone to wear a tallit for Torah honors.

OUR POLICIES

  • CSH is a completely egalitarian community, in which everyone is invited to fully participate, irrespective of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, Jewish education, family structure, financial means, or disability.
  • Bay Street Theater is wheelchair and hearing disabled friendly.
  • No one is ever excluded from CSH because of financial limitations; necessary accommodations will be made on request.
  • We do not have reserved seats at CSH.
  • We hope you’ll understand why we can’t offer reciprocity to members of other synagogues. Being in a resort destination, a large percentage of members and High Holy Day attendees also belong to at least one other synagogue.  Offering reciprocity to everyone who belongs to another synagogue would bankrupt us, and offering reciprocity only to some isn’t fair.  For similar reasons, we can’t pro-rate seats if you plan to come for only part of the holiday, or if you choose to participate via Zoom only.

Questions? Email us.