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We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and well. These last few months have been challenging for all of us. Many have struggled with heartbreak, loneliness, loss, and fear. And yet they have also been filled with beautiful examples of heroism, generosity, and innovation among people, and within our Beth El community. We have discovered new ways to pray together, to comfort one another, to learn together, and to celebrate together.

Though we are physically distant, we are spiritually close. This is what makes Beth El Synagogue Center a kehillah kedoshah, a holy and special community. It is with eager anticipation that we write you to share our ambitious and exciting plans for the High Holidays of 5781/2020.

See below for a glimpse of our virtual experience.

High Holidays 5781 Table of Contents

Our Initial High Holidays Announcement >
In-Person Services >
      Schedule > (open only to those that received a confirmation
       of attendance after entering the lottery)

Virtual Services >
      Access Our Virtual Experience >

      Yom Kippur Virtual Schedule >
      Tips on How to Best View Virtual Services >
      Turning Your Home Into A Sanctuary >

High Holiday Rewind > Watch your favorite moments from
       our Rosh Hashanah virtual programming and services.

Youth & Family Programs >
Our Yom Kippur schedule is coming soon!
     Youth Machzor for Shirat Haruach >
     High Holiday Youth and Family Playlist >
Yizkor Book of Remembrance >
     If printed, the prayers on pages 1-12 must be buried (brought
     to the Geneziah). They cannot be thrown away in the trash.

Frequently Asked Questions >
High Holidays Dates & Times >
Guest Link >
The B'Yachad Campaign - Enhanced Kol Nidre Appeal >

** PLEASE NOTE: This year, our virtual and in-person services are open to all Beth El members/families in good standing, with at least 50% of their current membership dues paid (unless other arrangements have been made).

In addition to our multifaceted virtual services and programs, we are pleased to  offer our members an option for in-person services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These services will be small, take place in an outdoor open-air tent, and have socially distant seating and protocols in place in order to provide for everyone’s health and safety. We will conduct a  lottery to determine attendance at each service. The deadline for our lottery was September 13th at 7pm.

Click here for our Yom Kippur Schedule!

Click here for details on how to access our virtual programs.

Click here for some suggestions to help prepare yourself and transform your space into a holy place.

Click here for tips on how to best view our virtual services.

**Technology Disclaimer:  We have gone to great lengths to offer a holiday-friendly virtual option that will allow you to watch throughout the holiday without needing to touch your computer/tv, etc. We have tested the system many times and we are hopeful that this solution will work. However, technology is sometimes tricky and we can not guarantee that there will not be instances in which your computer needs to be refreshed. If you see three moving boxes on the screen, at any time, the first response is to simply wait a moment and see if the livestream continues. If it does not, and if you are comfortable, press refresh and that should resolve the issue.

Reminder: If you borrowed a machzor from Beth El, it must be returned on Tuesday, September 29 or Wednesday, September 30 (you will be asked to sign indicating the book return). If the prayer book is not returned, a fee of $54 per book will be billed to your account in order for Beth El to replace the book. If you have any questions contact Linda at (914) 235-2700, ext. 246 or

Ever since Beth El announced its plans for the coming High Holidays, we have received a lot of feedback and many questions. In an effort to address some of the questions that are foremost on congregants’ minds, we have compiled this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers designed to best explain how we arrived at this year’s High Holiday format. This is by no means to foreclose further questions and feedback from the congregation. Please continue to give us your input, and we will update these FAQs as necessary. Click here to view our FAQs.

We will continue our proud tradition of providing high-level youth services and experiences, for all age groups, including special online activities which will allow our younger members to enjoy the holidays in interactive ways. Click here for more information on our Y&F programming.

In addition to creative and inspiring Youth Programming from our own clergy and lay leaders, we are excited to present a virtual ruach-filled youth service, Shirat Haruach, led by renowned musical artists Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Rick Recht, and Shira Kline. This is a perfect prayer opportunity for our kids. Click here for the promo video. Please find a youth Machzor to be used during these services here.

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve had to our virtual services, and to share our amazing clergy and sanctuary with the wider Jewish community, we will be making the Yom Kippur services freely available, with no password required. Beth El is pleased to offer a robust, highly engaging virtual option that includes complete services for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur day, learning, segments related to the holidays, exciting services and programs for children and families, AND MORE! The entire day will be filled with services and content.

To ensure our continued ability to provide religious, social, and spiritual offerings to our Jewish community, we ask those who are not Beth El members to consider making a contribution to the synagogue. If you are interested in making a donation, please fill out the form at

Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781