Festivals

This season of the High Holy Days will be like no other that we have experienced, and the shul leadership has been working hard to create a new plan of what services and festivals will look like. Our main priority is of course Pikuach Nefesh, the value of saving and preserving human life, in terms of health, safety and well-being of the community. This year that means that we almost certainly won’t be able to hold services as normal. No single approach will work for everyone, and we have tried to think of different ways to give as many people access as possible, however this is still a work in progress – please let us know if you think of something we’ve missed that you’d like to help us implement for the community!

In Person Opportunities
Having services in person are a defining feature for most of the Jewish community on Festival days and so we are trying to make events happen, with the caveat that the situation around Covid-19 is changing all the time and that these plans may have to change with short notice. Indeed, we are planning for all eventualities, including the possibility that we may not be able to hold any services in person at all if the situation deteriorates. We will be looking at all government guidance and keeping you up to date.

Right now, we are prioritising members of NSNS, and trying to ensure that every member has an opportunity to attend services. Please God, the pandemic will be over soon and we can welcome you again in future.

Online Services
While halachah (Jewish law) forbids us from streaming services on many festival days themselves, there are still lots of opportunities to engage in online community, something which has been so vital to our communal life since the pandemic began. Indeed, if you haven’t yet joined our services I encourage you to do so – it isn’t the same as singing together in person, but it’s the next best thing!

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