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This year, the High Holy Days will be streamed LIVE!

Members who have renewed and those who have purchased HHD "tickets" have been sent the link. If you have not received yours, please send an email Joy at jorbase@tby.org

A High Holy Day Message from Rabbi Zylberman

Back on March 8th we celebrated our Purim Carnival in person. As the reality of COVID-19 was dawning on us, attendance was light and only days later our state was plunged into a lockdown. Since then, we have celebrated lively Passover Seders, Shavuot festival learning, and meaningful weekly Shabbat services online. And since Spring we have been thinking about and planning for the Fall in the hope that the pandemic would be sufficiently under control to make it safe and sensible for us to gather in our beautiful Sonenshine Family Sanctuary to celebrate the arrival of 5781.

Over the past several months we considered various creative ways to meet in person, depending on the state of play as the High Holy Days approached. Now, as we are squarely in Summer and less than two months from the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe), it is clear to us that it is neither safe nor sensible to meet in person in our sanctuary to celebrate Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. So, what will we do? As our people have done for millennia and as we have done over these past months, we will adapt and we will innovate. We will make this a High Holy Day season like no other!

What can you expect? Our High Holy Day services will be conducted by our TBY rabbis and cantors live on Zoom. In addition, a small number of pre-recorded segments, clips from High Holidays past and some member cameos will also be included. Considering the reality of Zoom-fatigue, we are aiming to keep services to approximately one hour each, which will require us to focus our attention on the most unique and meaningful elements of each of the holy day services.

Enjoying the High Holidays at TBY is one of the true benefits of being a member. Please note that only TBY members and paid guests will be able to access the Zoom service, so I ask you to complete your membership renewal and join me and the rest of your TBY family for what is sure to be an unforgettable 5781.

As always, no one will be turned away due to financial need and we are aware that many members are struggling financially under the current circumstances. If you need assistance with your dues, please contact Mark Gulner for a confidential discussion.

Although this year’s High Holy Days will be different, as always, we will join together in the spirit of community, tradition and growth. I look forward to seeing you soon on one of our regular Zoom programs or Shabbat services and in the weeks and months ahead I pray that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

Shanah Tovah!

Sat, September 26 2020 8 Tishrei 5781