Keep an eye on this page for updates and the latest High Holy Days information.
Will Central’s High Holy Days worship be fully virtual this year?
All of Central Synagogue’s High Holy Day services will be held virtually this year and are available free to people all around the world. Participants can still expect to experience the magnificent prayers and settings of our holidays, moments to feel a greater connection with the greater Jewish community, as well as meaningful sermons that address the biggest questions of our day. At the same time, we are intently re-imagining how our members might interact virtually, see familiar faces, engage with our clergy, connect to our magnificent Main Sanctuary, and create sanctuaries within our own homes this year.
Why did Central decide to have virtual High Holy Days this year?
All of our decisions relating to our Covid-response are led by the primacy of pikuach nefesh, or saving a life. The safety of our congregants, staff, and the health of the general public comes first. We know that the act of singing in an enclosed space has been proven to pose an increased risk, even when we are seated at a social distance. This, together with the act of bringing together our multigenerational community of children, youth, adults and seniors, creates more risk for spreading the virus.
Will there be any opportunities for us to come together in-person?
With health and safety as our top priority, we are operating under the assumption that we will not have any opportunities to come together in-person. Of course, if this changes, and we determine that we can responsibly and safely coordinate such an opportunity, we will communicate with more details.
I am a member. When will I receive my tickets?
This year, all our High Holy Days programming, including all worship, will be happening virtually. Because there will be no physical tickets, members should check their inboxes for links from Central.
Click here if you are interested in becoming a member of Central Synagogue.
In addition to worship opportunities, how can members participate in other HHD-related programming going on at Central?
Please see Programming/Engagement opportunities in this online guide for information.
How do I get the prayer book so that I can participate in worship services?
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