As we are enjoying the summer, and the chance to see family and friends after many months apart, it is hard to think about the High Holy Days. And yet, plan we must! Erev Rosh Hashanah is on Monday evening, September 6!
We are looking forward with hope and joy to coming together at this special moment in time. After more than a year of isolation, tremendous unknowns and challenges, we are looking forward to being with each other at Ohav once again. The thought of returning to our beautiful sanctuary is both exciting and daunting.
This year will be somewhat different than in the past. We are eagerly anticipating gathering together onsite, indoors and outside in our Ohav Ohel (tent) for High Holy Day worship throughout the Days of Awe. And, we are thrilled to welcome Cantor Shlomo Goldberg back in person.
It is our intention that every member of our community who would like to join us for in-person worship will be able to do so over the course of the High Holy Days. In addition to in-person services, high-quality livestream services will be available for all services held in the Sanctuary.
While we are planning for getting back together, we are aware that much depends on the coronavirus infection levels. We continue to closely monitor the situation and know that we may need to pivot quickly. Our paramount focus is on congregational safety.
You will receive your High Holy Day packet in the mail in early August. There will be details about services and programs as well as registration materials and a number of deadlines to observe.
The resilience and strength of our Ohav Shalom community will enable us to experience the power, beauty, and spirituality of our High Holy Days in new and exciting ways while also holding on to the traditions that have been hallmarks of our congregation for over 120 years.
Our High Holy Day Task Force is busily working on the many necessary details. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to offer meaningful High Holy Day experiences for our Ohav community.