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USH High Holiday Policies and Procedures for 2021/5782

Shanah Tovah!  Below is detailed information about our High Holiday policies and procedures.

Below is our schedule for services and events over the High Holy Days of 5782 / 2021 at the United Synagogue of Hoboken, as well as links to the forms to acquire tickets and to upload necessary information. 

It has not been easy to set these policies. Even one month ago, we were hoping that our services would look much more similar to how they have been throughout the century-long history of our community. However, as we all know, the scourge of Covid continues to be with us, and the events in the last several weeks have demanded a tightening of many of our policies and procedures. Please note that our procedures may continue to evolve as additional medical information is received.

Whenever possible, we strive to make our community’s decisions in line with the Jewish values we hold dear, including:  

 שמירת הגוף shmirat ha-guf - protecting the body, and guarding the health of our entire community and especially those who are most vulnerable; 

כבוד הבריות Kevod ha-briyyot -- honoring all people, and affirming that all people of all ages, life stages and health conditions are valued parts of our community  

כל ישראל ערבים זה בזה Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh -- All members of the Jewish community are responsible for one another, so we balance our commitments to self and to others when making communal decisions

And of course we have to create policies that are not overly complicated and can be readily administered by our synagogue’s small office staff.

With no doubt, some elements of these policies will not be what you personally would have chosen. It is our hope that the wide variety of experiences we are offering -- in-person indoors at the synagogue, in-person outdoors at the synagogue, in-person outdoors in public parks, and online -- will help you find options that meet your needs for these High Holy Days. 

Indoor Services at the Star of Israel Sanctuary, United Synagogue of Hoboken

Synagogue members and their guests are invited to participate in High Holy Day services at the Star of Israel Sanctuary at the United Synagogue of Hoboken, within the guidelines presented below.  

As safety is our highest priority, this option has a higher risk of Covid transmission and therefore our policies regarding this option are more restrictive. 

In particular: attending services in the sanctuary on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is specifically for people who have been vaccinated. Those who are not vaccinated (including children under age 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccination) are invited to attend services online and/or to attend services outdoors.  

We have made the difficult decision -- though in line with the policies of many other synagogues and institutions in our region -- to require that those attending indoor services submit verification of their vaccination status. The easiest way to do this is to take a photo of a vaccination card and to submit it online with the pre-registration form, https://www.hobokensynagogue.org/ushhighholidays2021

The name badges that function as High Holy Day tickets for all services will be available to people after they have submitted their evidence of vaccination. We encourage you to submit evidence of vaccination before August 31. Your vaccination documentation will be kept confidential and the images will be deleted immediately after the processing of High Holiday tickets. 

USH members can also purchase tickets for their guests, and non-members can purchase tickets. All admission to the sanctuary, however, requires the uploading of proof of vaccination in advance of the holiday.

Additionally, anyone who is experiencing any covid-like symptoms whatsoever should not attend indoor services. Those arriving for services will be asked to verify upon arrival that they are symptom-free.

As temperatures in early September in our un-air-conditioned sanctuary are often high, we are acquiring temporary air conditioning for the week of the High Holy Days. This means, however, that windows will be closed in our sanctuary.

Participants in the sanctuary agree to wear a mask throughout the services. We ask you to put on your mask outdoors before you join the line to approach our security volunteers. (While participants in our indoor in-person services will be masked and many leaders will be masked, some leaders and speakers who have been vaccinated and recently tested for Covid, who will be keeping appropriate distance from others, will be temporarily unmasked so that they can be better understood by people in the room and people who are accessing services online.)

We will not be filling the sanctuary to capacity. While we don’t anticipate turning away USH members or those with tickets (who have followed the procedures above regarding verifying their vaccination status), we reserve the right to do so if the sanctuary is getting so full that appropriate distancing is impossible.

Shofar blowers at all services will be vaccinated and also will have received a negative covid test in the previous few days before the holiday. 

Outdoor Services and Events 

We are excited to offer outdoor services this year, including youth and family services on the evenings of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Tashlikh on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, public shofar blowings on both days of Rosh HaShanah, youth and family services on the afternoons of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, public Yizkor memorial service on Yom Kippur afternoon, and the Yom Kippur Neilah service and the final shofar blast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur. Most of these outdoor services and events require preregistration but do not require payment or uploading of any other materials.  These programs are open to people of all ages.  

While the United Synagogue of Hoboken strongly encourages all who are eligible to be vaccinated to do so, our outdoor programs will not require proof of vaccination. While masking is not required in outdoor events as a matter of course, please bring a mask to these outdoor events, because we reserve the right to require masking at outdoor events if we deem that appropriate distancing cannot be maintained.  

Events that are scheduled outdoors will take place outdoors, rain or shine; events in the parks will be moved to the gazebos (in the center of Church Square Park and at the end of Pier A Park) if necessary.

All shofar blowers will be vaccinated and will also have had a negative covid test in the few days before the services.

Online Services

Online access to services is open to anyone who preregisters for this access on our synagogue web site, USH High Holiday Services Sign Up . (When you register for access, the service link(s) will be sent to you.) If you benefit from online access to our synagogue services, we encourage you to make a donation to our synagogue, in recognition of this challenging year and the ways that our synagogue’s normal funding procedures are transformed this year. Online access this year will be one-way (participants outside of the sanctuary will be able to see and hear the events in the sanctuary but will not be able to be seen or heard). 

While participants in our indoor in-person services will be masked and many leaders will be masked, some leaders and speakers who have been vaccinated and recently tested for Covid, who will be keeping appropriate distance from others, may be temporarily unmasked so that they can be better understood by people in the room and people who are accessing services online.

Below is the schedule for all main sanctuary services throughout the Tishrei holiday season, as well as listings of all services and events being planned during Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur by the Kaplan Cooperative Preschool and Learning Center.

If you have questions about our plans, we invite you to reach out to David Swirnoff, High Holy Day committee chairperson, at david.swirnoff@gmail.com , and/or to Jeremy Morley, USH president, at president@hobokensynagogue.org , and/or to Rabbi Robert Scheinberg at rabbi@hobokensynagogue.org .

Whether you are joining us indoors, outdoors, online, or some combination thereof, we are looking forward to celebrating these holy days together with you. We wish you and your loved ones a new year of happiness, good health, fulfillment, and peace.

Shanah Tovah, 

Your friends at the United Synagogue of Hoboken

Jeremy Morley, President
David Swirnoff, High Holy Day Committee Chair
Rabbi Robert Scheinberg

Members of the High Holy Day Committee:
Adam Berkowitz
Barry Grossman
Abbie Jacobs, M.D.
Louise Kurtz
Ron Rosenberg
Ruthy Tyroler, Administrative Director, USH
Rachelle Grossman, Kaplan Preschool Director, USH
Grace Gurman-Chan, Learning Center Director, USH


United Synagogue of Hoboken
115 Park Avenue, Hoboken NJ 07030
www.hobokensynagogue.org
(201) 659-4000

5782 Days of Awe  2021
 refers to a service at which tickets are required.  
All other services and programs, marked by *, are free for those who have pre-registered, 
but ticket holders have expedited entry and seating priority.)
Services take place in the sanctuary unless otherwise indicated.  
Services in the sanctuary will also be livestreamed.
Indoor services require masks. Masks are optional at outdoor services.
People who are not vaccinated are invited to access indoor services online rather than in person.


SLICHOT
Saturday, August 28

*Slichot program and service, ONLINE ONLY, 8:30pm

ROSH HASHANAH
Monday, September 6

KPS Outdoor family service for families of children to age 7, Church Square Park 4-5pm
*Evening service at USH  7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 7
 Morning Service (including Shofar blowing) 9:00 am
      Service concludes 1pm
KPS Outdoor family service for families of children to age 7, Pier A Park, 4-5pm
LC family service and events, USH, 3:30-4:45pm
*Mincha (afternoon service), USH, 5:00 pm
*Public Shofar Blowing Service and Tashlikh (casting away sins; at Pier A Park) 5:30 pm 
*Ma’ariv (evening service) at USH, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 8
*Morning Service (including Shofar blowing) 9:00 am
Service concludes 1 pm
Public shofar blowing - in front of USH, 3pm
LC family service and events, USH, 3:30-4:45pm
KPS Zoom family service, online only, 10am

SHABBAT SHUVAH
Friday, September 10

*Evening service 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 11
*Morning service, including September 11 memorial prayers 9:30 am 

YOM KIPPUR
Wednesday, September 15

KPS Outdoor family service for families of children to age 7, Church Square Park 4-5pm
 Mincha (afternoon service) 6:00pm
 Kol Nidre (evening service) 6:15pm (sharp)

Thursday, September 16
 Morning service 9:00 am
 Yizkor (memorial service) 12 noon (approx.)
LC family service and events, USH, 3:30-4:45pm
* Public/Community Yizkor service, outside USH 4:45pm
 Mincha (afternoon service), USH 5:15pm
Neilah (concluding service), outside in front of USH 6:45pm  
Final Shofar blast 7:45pm (followed by light break-fast)

SUKKOT
Tuesday, September 21

*Morning services 9:30 am
Wednesday, September 22
*Morning services 9:30 am
Thursday, September 23
Young professionals sushi night in the sukkah 7-9pm
Friday, September 24
*Evening services 7:00pm
* Reception in the Sukkah
Saturday, September 25
*Morning services 9:30 am

MITZVAH DAY / SUKKOT BARBECUE
Sunday, September 26

*Mitzvah Day projects   9:00am-3:00pm
*Sukkot Barbecue   3:00pm

SHEMINI ATZERET
Monday, Tuesday, September 28

*Morning services 9:30am
(including Yizkor memorial prayers)

SIMCHAT TORAH
Tuesday, September 28

*Evening Services, singing and dancing in the streets 6:30 pm
Wednesday, September 29
*Morning Services 9:30 am

All services will be held at the Star of Israel Building,
115 Park Avenue, Hoboken NJ, unless otherwise indicated.

Fri, September 24 2021 18 Tishrei 5782