Shana tova! Rosh Hashanah was a huge success — thank you to the 100+ people who attended a PHS davening over Rosh Hashanah (or the nearly 100 people who attended one of our distributed shofar blowings) and helped make our chag so meaningful. A particular thank you to Shlomo Fingerer, Yono Reich, Phil Getz, Andy Shugerman and Rabbi Leener for davening and layning so beautifully, and to Jonathan Rachmani, Lee Eskin, and Suzanne Schneider for blowing shofar. We’re particularly grateful to the community for adhering closely to social distancing rules and ensuring that we could come together safely and meaningfully.
We have a number of major updates for Yom Kippur, so please take a moment to read the entirety of this note.
Extra Availability. A few days before Rosh Hashanah, NY State updated their guidelines to permit outdoor gatherings greater than 50, assuming social distancing rules are still adhered to. We’re grateful that our lot has the capability to hold a greater number of people, so we will be expanding our capacity to approximately 85 for Yom Kippur. We are making this move with an abundance of caution, in conjunction with our medical experts, and with the approval of Luria Academy, for those parents who may have concerns.
For those of you on a waitlist, this means you are likely going to be able to attend. Kol Nidre and Neilah are still full but there is now extra room at the 9am and 1pm shacharit/musaf services as well. Please note that we will be eliminating the singing seating sections for Yom Kippur as their utilization was extremely low during Rosh Hashanah in order to accommodate more people.
Kol Nidre Streaming. In conjunction with Rabbi Leener and with an eye towards making Kol Nidre available to as much of our community as possible, we’ve made the decision to offer live-streaming of our Kol Nidre services this year. If you’re interested in tuning in, we’ll be sharing a Zoom link erev Yom Kippur.
Machzor Return. If you took a RH Machzor from PHS and you have not yet returned it, we ask that you bring it with you on Yom Kippur. If you are unable to do so, please hold on to it until after Yom Kippur and we will send out further instructions.
Pre-Shabbat Shuva Shiur. We’d like to invite everyone to join Rabbi Leener for his Shabbat Shuva Shiur this Thursday night 9/24 at 8pm. The topic is “Blotting Out Sin or Elevating It?”. You may also directly access the Zoom link here.
Yizkor. For all those who wish to say Yizkor on Yom Kippur, we recommend you join our communal virtual yizkor on Sunday at 12pm. This will be a space for community members to reflect and pray together as we think about those we’ve lost. We will also attempt a very brief (5 minute) Yizkor service between the 9am and 1pm davenings on Yom Kippur with a target start time of 12:50pm. If you are planning to attend the 1pm davening and would like to say Yizkor in person, we recommend coming early.
Appeal. Our High Holidays appeal form is officially live! Our appeal is PHS’s main source of operating support beyond membership dues and is especially crucial in this uncertain year. Please contribute and support your shul.
The PHS High Holidays Planning Team