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High Holidays 2020

Back in March, when living with the pandemic became our new reality, it seemed inconceivable to many of us that we would still be navigating this as we approach the High Holidays. Every Shabbat, we feel anew the loss of being able to come together as a community to celebrate, to socialize, and to support each other. Among the many losses, large and small, we are all grieving, we will need to add the loss of coming together in joyful celebration, the tunes we cherish, and the normal exciting rhythm of this time of year.


While things will be different this year, we are excited to be able to offer multiple, socially distanced outdoor minyanim for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.


These minyanim will follow the same guidelines we have been using for Shabbat. Please read these guidelines here. These guidelines include seating six feet apart, masks required, no children under 11 and no individuals with any symptoms of COVID-19, who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the previous 2 weeks, or have traveled to any state for which NJ requires quarantining upon entering the state in the previous 2 weeks.


For those unable to join us for minyan (including children under 11) we will have shofar blowing after davening on the second day of Rosh Hashana (as the first day coincides with Shabbat this year, there is no Shofar). If anyone is unable to leave their home due to quarantine or other issues, please email and we will try to arrange for shofar at your home.


Despite all the accommodations we are working on to make minyanim as safe as possible, we realize that some people will still be unable to come and for others the risk will remain beyond what they are comfortable taking. We pray the day comes soon, when we can all come together again as a community.


Even with our not having regular minyanim at shul, we continue to have most of our regular expenses. High Holiday seat purchases and the Kol Nidre appeal account for 40% of our annual income. We ask everyone who is able to purchase seats at full price to please do so. For those not planning to attend, if you are able to donate the amount you would normally contribute for seats and for the Kol Nidre appeal, please do so.

As always, no one will be turned away due to finances. If you are unable to pay the full amount, please contact Debra Passner at president@netivotshalomnj.orgso that we can make accommodations. Members facing financial hardship are encouraged to reach out to the Rabbi for assistance. All discussions will be confidential.


All members in good standing may purchase seats for their immediate family and for their guests. If you are not sure of your account status, you can log into the website and view your account or email to check your status.


Seat cost: $160


If you plan to join us for in-person minyan, please complete the Seat Reservation Form. You must be logged into our website to complete this form.


If you are unable to join us in person this year, we hope you will still consider a donation. Please complete the Donation in lieu of Seats form below.




Donation in Lieu of Seats

You must be logged into the website to charge to your account.

Membership dues and seat contributions alone do not cover NetivotShalom's costs throughout the year. Please consider a contribution to our annual Kol NidreSilent Appeal.

Thank you for your support.


Mon, September 21 2020 3 Tishrei 5781