• Pamela Froman

High Holy Days 2020

Jews worldwide usher in a new year September 18 or 5781 in the Jewish Calendar with Rosh Hashanah and concluding with prayers, a 24-hour fast, and final shofar call at sunset on September 28.

How Jews celebrate will be different this year due to COVID-19.

At Valley Beth Shalom in Encino that means getting a gift bag with everything you need to celebrate the holiday to every family. It’ll have a prayer book and honey to celebrate sweetness as well as a special surprise to open during services. Valley Beth Shalom services will be all virtual.

Sinai Temple in Los Angeles is going mostly virtual with seven different services, each about two hours long, that will be live streamed and also include produced segments. Those on the eve of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur day will be free, while the rest will be for members only. All will be free on demand afterward. Members will also get a gift bag with a prayer book, a memorial book and candle, a honey stick, pomegranate tea, apple-caramel lollipops, and a book of reflections There’s also a brief physical event where Sinai is partnering with synagogue Shomrei Torah in West Hills for three services in their parking lot.

Shomrei Torah in West Hills will be performing their ECC Apples & Honey Service on Zoom,  Zamru Erev Rosh Hashanah Service at  STSlive & Facebook, Traditional Erev Rosh Hashanah Service Zoom & ECC Yard, Traditional 1st Day Rosh Hashanah Service at Zoom & ECC Yard.

The Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles is also going virtual for the first time. Wise has numerous digital events, and is making its High Holiday feed available for free. They also have a Zoom event that night for members. Each service is going to be an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.

At Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills 90 percent of services will be virtual in the U.S. this year. His temple has a hybrid offer: digital live streams or an on-site, outdoor service. The physical service, which is being held at a mansion in Bel Air, will have capacity for 400 people.

Chabad Bel Air's services will move outdoors with an outdoor facility with a tent cover where each person will be wearing two masks – a mask plus a screen – and sitting, six feet apart. Chabad will supply the mask and screen for each person.

Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills is moving forward with services. A team of staff and congregants are producing segments of services so that it feels different than a standard online gathering. Choirs are being recorded, documentary style segments are being taped, and services are coming together in a form never previously done at Kol Tikvah. The majority of them will premiere on Facebook, Youtube and our website. All pre-recorded services will be followed by zoom gatherings to do a prayer or two together as a

Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills will feature services on YouTube, Zoom and livestream. They offer a wide range of virtual religious services, classes and programs.  All services and programs are online only.

Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks' High Holy Days services will be streamed and some will be interactive. All families registered to attend High Holy Days will receive a link to our High Holy Days page and all links will be available there.

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