High Holy Days 5782

Your Temple Beth-El clergy and staff are working hard to create a meaningful High Holy Day experience for this year. It is our intention to welcome you back to the sanctuary and to provide online access for those not ready to return to in-person worship. This allows us to be fully inclusive for all who wish to participate. Our list of services is available here.

Updated COVID protocols for worship: We welcome people who are fully vaccinated to participate in person. Masks and social distancing are required. Responsive reading and quiet singing are OK. For children’s and outdoor services only, we welcome vaccinated individuals and unvaccinated children who are not yet eligible for vaccination (under 12). To see our full COVID protocols, click here. Fresh disposable surgical masks are preferred over cloth masks and will be provided to you when you arrive.

We trust our fellow congregants to be responsible when attending services and to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. Nonetheless, we request proof of vaccination in order to reassure congregants who want to attend but may be at risk. With this policy, and by continuing to provide Zoom access to services, we can be the most welcoming to all. You will be asked to provide proof of vaccination through our online reservation form, if you have not previously provided it to TBE.  We do not maintain copies of your vaccination records but only confirm your status in our records, promptly discarding the image(s) you have sent to us.

To participate in person: Please register for in-person participation by Monday, August 23. Your guests may participate in person for a contribution of $100 ($50 for guests under 13). We will honor reciprocity for your guests who are members-in-good-standing at another congregation. Personalized tickets for you and your guests will be available for pickup at the temple starting on Monday, August 30. Tickets for in-person participation will not be mailed to you.

To participate by Zoom: All members will automatically receive links to participate in services over Zoom. We are pleased to offer complimentary guest access for all Zoom services. We ask that you register your guests in order that we may directly send them the Zoom links.

All plans for gathering are contingent upon our ability to do so safely.  We will continue to monitor the public health situation to make our final decision(s) regarding in-person worship and communicate any changes to you. 

What you need to do today:

Members Register Here                              Visitors Register Here

What you need to know:

I am a member. Do I need to register?
Yes. Due to the current situation, capacity to participate in-person is limited. Tickets will be allocated on a first-registered basis and seating will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, ALL members must register IN ADVANCE to attend in-person. Register early to ensure your spot.

How many in-person tickets may a member register for?
Members may register people who reside in their household, including adult dependent children under the age of 26.

I am a member. Will I be able to purchase guest tickets?
Yes. You will be able to purchase guest tickets for either in-person or online services. Use the same registration form for both.

I am a member. Do I need to register to join online services?
No. All members will receive via email the links to participate via Zoom. Guests must be registered in order to receive the Zoom links. Use this form to register your guests.

I am having trouble with the form. What should I do?
Please contact the temple office (908-722-0674 or via email at info@templebethelnj.org) and we can assist. 

Where can I find the links to participate in the online services?
Links will be sent to all members and registered guests via email in late August. Click here for a full schedule of services.

I am not a member. May I attend?
If there is space available, we will happily welcome you to participate in person or online. Use this form to register as a Visitor. Remember you must be vaccinated, show proof of vaccination, and wear a mask.

Are there any COVID-related policies for onsite attendance?
As with so much throughout this pandemic, predicting what practices will be required is challenging. We recently revised our COVID protocols in response to the rising case numbers. We will continue to evaluate these practices and determine what additional precautions may be necessary as we get closer to the High Holy Days. Current COVID protocols for worship are:

  • We welcome fully vaccinated individuals to participate in person for Shabbat and major holy day services.
  • Masks and social distancing are required. Responsive reading is welcome, but ask that you refrain from singing.
  • For children’s and outdoor services only, we welcome vaccinated individuals and unvaccinated children who are not yet eligible for vaccination (under 12).
  • Masks and social distancing are required at all TBE functions, regardless of where the event is being held, both indoor and outdoor.  
  • No food or beverages will be served.

What if COVID restrictions change and capacity needs to be reduced? How will in-person access be allocated?
If capacity needs to be reduced, preference will be given on a first-registered basis with priority given to members.

What if I register to attend in person, and then my plans change? What should I do?
Since seating capacity is limited, please let us know if your plans have changed. You can email the temple office (info@templebethelnj.org) to let us know. If you later decide to attend more services in person, you can register again. 

I want to list my loved ones in the memorial listing. How does that work?
We invite you to remember your loved ones by listing their names in the program. The names will also be shown on the slides during the Yizkor service. Please complete this form by Monday, August 30. NOTE on September 4: The Memorial Listing is now closed and has already been printed.)

Are we still doing a food drive?
Yes! Our annual High Holy Day Food Drive benefiting the The Food Bank of Somerset County is a cherished aspect of our community’s observance of the holy days.

I plan to participate online. Can I get a copy of the slides?
Yes. Downloadable copies of the liturgy will be made available for you to print at home. If you don’t have ability to print at home, you can email the office to request a print version to be sent to you.