High Holidays 5782 (2021)

Important Information

Dear Kol Emet Friends,
L’Shana Tova!

In preparation for the High Holidays, we have been meeting and planning in order to provideyou with the meaningful services you’ve come to expect and love.

Given these uncertain times, we are particularly concerned with the overall health and wellness of our community. To this end, members and guests may choose between attending in‐person and/or via Zoom. It is possible further changes will be made, so we ask you to please remain flexible.

The full High Holiday schedule is below. Please read this letter through carefully first, as it contains a lot of important information.

We are currently planning to hold in‐person services at various settings: indoors in the Kol Emet sanctuary, outside in tents set up on our beautiful grounds, and at Pavilion 11 at Core Creek Park on Rosh haShana afternoon. Pavilion 11 is the largest in the park, and it is accessible to the lake shore which will enable us do Tashlich together in an uncrowded way. All services from the sanctuary will be accessible through Zoom. Please register to receive links.

Indoor and Outdoor In-Person Service Protocols:
  • We strongly encourage that everyone attending in‐person services in the building be fully vaccinated, unless they have a medical exception or are under the age of 12.
  • All attendees, regardless of age or vaccination status, must wear a mask over their nose and mouth while in the building and outside during services.
  • Room capacity is limited, and services will be slightly shorter to reduce the time inside the sanctuary.
  • Our HVAC system utilizes maximum efficiency filters for contaminants. All windows will be open. Please dress accordingly.
Notes about our High Holiday Offerings:

Shana Tova Bags containing goodies (a card, apples and honey, and more) and essentials for services (service supplement, mahzor, yizkor booklets) will be available for pick up on Thursday September 2. You may also retrieve your bag at services if you will be attending in‐person.

Erev Rosh HaShana falls on Labor Day! That means that we will join together outside at Kol Emet for a Welcome Back Barbeque, to be followed by an informal Rosh HaShana service with shofar blowing. In the event of rain, the service will be on Zoom only, and the barbeque will be postponed to the following Shabbat, on September 10.

Young Children’s Services: We are delighted that Carrie Walinsky will again be leading these services appropriate for children aged 0‐7 years. Children must be accompanied by their adults.

Afternoon Family Services: Rabbi Anna will be leading these interactive services for all on the first day of Rosh HaShana at Core Creek Park following Tashlich and on Yom Kippur in the tent on our grounds.

Tashlich: Tashlich and Shofar blowing will take place on Rosh haShana Day 1 at Core Creek Park. In case of inclement weather, it will move to Rosh haShana Day 2 at the Yardley Boat Launch.

Contemplative Offerings: We are lucky to have Sherry Hanck to lead us in Yoga and Meditation on Rosh haShana morning, and for Susan Safranek to lead us in Meditation and Movement on Yom Kippur morning. Sherry’s session will be on Zoom only and begins at 8:30am, giving you ample time to change clothing if you wish for the main service and travel to Kol Emet. For Susan’s session, which begins at 9:00am, you may wear the same clothing as you would wear for services.

Please register for all the services and activities you wish to attend, and feel free to mix and match virtual and in‐person offerings.
Registration Procedures for Multi‐access Services:
  • Registration is required for ALL individuals attending ANY services.
  • Everyone is welcome to register for Zoom and in‐person services starting on August 8. Anyone who registers for an in‐person service will also be registered for Zoom services.
  • Registration is required by August 22, 2021.
  • Kol Emet welcomes guests! Guests may attend in‐person services with a member.
  • Members who register for an in‐person indoor service will be mailed tickets for each member and guest they register. Please bring the ticket that corresponds with the appropriate service, as this will enable the greeters at the door to let you in faster and will decrease wait times as people enter the building for services.
  • In these extraordinary times, our virtual services will be open to all, though everyone must register to receive a link. To register, and for more information and/or conversation about guests and registration, please contact Sherree DeCovny at sherreedecovny@gmail.com.
  • For general assistance in registering, please contact Kol Emet’s Congregational Administrator, Alexis Miller at 215‐493‐8522 x113.

Thank you all for your help and your patience as we work to make these High Holy Days safe and sacred for all. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Rabbi Anna and the High Holiday Task Force

Schedule of All Services

Rosh Hashanah
Click here for the High Holiday prayer book / mahzor
Click here for the High Holiday supplement – Beginning Anew 5782.
Time frame Service Location Inclement weather plan
Evev Rosh HaShana – Monday, September 6
5-6:30pm Labor Day and Welcome Back Barbeque Outdoors at Kol Emet Postponed to Erev Shabbat, September 11
6:30-7:15pm Festival Service with Rabbi Anna, Choir, and Synagogue Lay Leaders In the tent Service on Zoom
Rosh HaShana Day 1 – Tuesday, September 7
8:30-9:15am Yoga/Meditation with Sherry Hanck On Zoom No change
9-9:45am Young Children’s Service with Carrie Walinsky In the tent No change
10am-12:30pm Main Service with Rabbi Anna, Choir, and Lay Leaders In the tent and on Zoom On Zoom
leaders, participants, and choir only in the sanctuary
12:30-1:30pm Apples and Honey BREAK
1:30-2:45pm Family Service with Rabbi Anna In the tent and on Zoom On Zoom
3:15-4pm Tashlich and Shofar Service Yardley Boat launch Postponed to Rosh haShana Day 2
Rosh HaShana Day 2 – Wednesday, September 8
9-9:45am Text Study with Rabbi Judy Abrahamson On the patio On Zoom
10am-12:30pm Main Service with Rabbi Anna and Lay Leaders In the tent and on Zoom On Zoom
leaders, participants, and choir only in the sanctuary
12:30-1:30pm Picnic Lunch On Kol Emet grounds, weather permitting  
1:30-2pm Tashlich (rain date) Yardley Boat launch  
Yom Kippur
Click here for the High Holiday prayer book / mahzor
Click here for the High Holiday supplement – Beginning Anew 5782.
Time frame Service Location Inclement weather plan
Kol Nidre – Wednesday, September 15
6:30pm Kol Nidre/Maariv Service with Rabbi Anna, Choir, and Lay Leaders On Zoom
leaders, participants, and choir only in the sanctuary
No change
Yom Kippur – Thursday, September 16
9-9:45am Young Children’s Service with Carrie Walinsky In the tent No change
9-9:45am Meditation with Susan Sufranek On the patio On Zoom
10am-12:30pm Main Service with Rabbi Anna, Choir, and Lay Leaders In the tent and on Zoom On Zoom
leaders, participants, and choir only in the sanctuary
1-2pm Yizkor with Rabbi Anna
2:30-3:45pm Family Service with Rabbi Anna In the tent and on Zoom On Zoom
4-4:45pm Facilitated Conversation with Sherree DeCovny and Rob Moses In the tent On Zoom
5-6:30pm Avoda/Neila Service with Rabbi Anna, Choir, and Lay Leaders In the tent and on Zoom On Zoom
leaders, participants, and choir only in the sanctuary
6:45pm Final Shofar Blasts followed by Break the Fast In the tent and on Zoom On Patio and on Zoom