COVID-19 & Delta Variant Protocols

The High Holy Days will bring days “whose holiness awakens the deepest awe” (Unetaneh Tokef). To ensure pikuach nefesh/preserving life during the variant surge, we will seek deepest awe as one community through multiple access opportunities, with these updates to our protocols:

In-Person Service Registration
To reduce crowd-size and to spread out service attendance, we will cap each service at 1/3 sanctuary capacity. Please sign up for up to two in-person services at rodephshalom.org/hhd-registration. If you need assistance with this process, contact highholydays@rodephshalom.org.

Vaccination
Proof of vaccination is required to attend services. Bring your card or a picture of it.

Masking
Proper mask wearing is required (covering your nose and mouth).

Livestream Registration
Please sign up at rodephshalom.org/hhd-registration. After completing the form, you will receive an email with links to online services. If you need assistance with this process, contact highholydays@rodephshalom.org.

Livestream Experience & Prayerbooks
We are thrilled to share we have greatly enhanced our production. Congregants in the sanctuary will notice cameras and may be filmed. Our production partners are extraordinarily respectful of the worship experience we seek to create. We have the opportunity to share these services via livestream with congregants and guests; please feel free to invite friends. If you are watching via livestream, digital prayerbooks are available, free of charge. The prayerbook link can be found here.

Connect Friends & Family to RS High Holy Day Livestream Services!
Livestream High Holy Day services have the potential to expand our reach and embrace Jews and seekers! Last year, high numbers of otherwise infrequent High Holy Day observers attended livestream services. They connected to a service through relationships — from the recommendation of someone they knew. If you have friends or family disconnected from the synagogue world and who might like an easy way to connect, let them know our High Holy Day livestream is open to all!
 

We are confident that our in-person worshippers will share trust and responsibility in our safety protocols, that our livestream worshippers will be fully present, and that each portion of our community will inspire the other. Even amid disappointment, we are eager to enter days whose holiness awakens deepest awe. L’shana Tova.

Visit rodephshalom.org/high-holy-days-2021 for additional information.

 

What is different for these High Holy Days?

  • On Kol Nidre, Wednesday, September 15, both services will follow the Classical format.
  • This year, we are not offering youth options during the Contemporary service. Instead, we are creating an outdoor afternoon service (weather permitting) for ages 11 and younger — protecting the most vulnerable in our community. Virtual options are available.
  • Planning on joining us from the livestream? Want to hear the shofar in-person? Join us in-person as we blow the shofar at every Friday evening Shabbat service this month (Elul).

Interested in attending virtually?
Please register here. If you are watching virtually and would like to follow along in the service flipbook, click here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
In our ongoing work to create a sense of belonging, we are offering this training to our staff, security team, and greeters.

RS Caring Community: ReSpectAbility (Accessibility) in Services
Inclusion with our Rodeph Shalom family is integral to creating profound connections. Closed captioning is available on all virtual services. Please consider these actions:

  • Offer your aisle seat to congregants who require accommodation.
  • Help clear the path during the post services “crush” at exits.
  • Give priority use of the restroom behind the security desk.

The Caring Community group will distribute assistive audio devices and large print prayer books, as well as answer questions regarding special requests for accommodation. If you have ideas on how we can become more inclusive, contact Stephanie Strauss (strauss.s.now@gmail.com).

If you benefit from the presence of an in-person sign language interpreter, contact Stephanie Eisen at seisen@rodephshalom.org.

Membership Tickets/Name Badge & Guest Passes
High Holy Day Tickets/Name Badges will be mailed to members in good standing (see below). Guest passes will also be mailed.

Members in Good Standing
Congregants in good standing are those who have paid at least half of their membership commitment by the High Holy Days, and the other half by December 31, 2021, or have a payment plan in place. Requests for membership commitment help can be directed to Jeff Katz at jkatz@rodephshalom.org.

Entry is only via the Green Street doors – This entrance is fully accessible. The adjacent Levitt Gershman Lobby is the central gathering point for our community. The Broad Street and Mount Vernon Street doors are not available as an entrance.

Access to the sanctuary – There are two ways to access the sanctuary: through a set of doors off of the Gushner Gallery (east-west corridor) and through the Thalheimer Lobby (in our original building). To minimize disruption, once the service has begun, entry is restricted to the Thalheimer Lobby.

Passenger drop off – Passengers can be dropped off at the main Green Street entrance (1339 Green Street) and proceed on-grade level throughout the fully accessible building.

Parking lot locations – The main Rodeph Shalom parking lot can be accessed through Green Street or Mount Vernon Street. Additional parking lots are located at Parkway Middle College across Green Street and at the Masterman School at 17th and Green Streets.

Accessible parking – Six easily accessible parking spaces are available adjacent to the Green Street entrance (towards 13th Street). There are an additional two accessible parking spaces in the parking lot.