SEPT. 1 – HIGH HOLIDAYS IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Dear Friends,

This past summer and the coming New Year and Yom Kippur holidays have posed many problems for our synagogue and its congregants, along with all houses of worship in all religions.

The Covid-19 pandemic has  posed a real threat to  the manor in which we Jews in America have come to take for granted and felt  comfortable celebrating and observing traditions that have  been passed down for millennia, let alone from our parents and grandparents.  

After remaining closed for the summer of 2020,  we opened for services this past summer with the optimism of a receding pandemic and available vaccines, but were again  hit with a new ‘Delta’ variant, that seemed to defy our desire for normalcy…., in family life, work,  and all social interactions.

We are pleased to be able to hold High Holiday services in person this year, but sad that it had to be limited in scope and attendance.  

NOTICE:   A CONFIRMATION EMAIL WAS SENT AT 2:50 PM EDT TODAY FOR ALL SEAT SEAT RESERVATIONS.  IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE THAT E-MAIL YOU DO NOT HAVE A SEAT.  No more seating is available due to the strict distancing required to meet the Covid-19 protocol.

For those not scheduled to attend indoors, A Shofar and Tashlich service is open to all at the State Boat Launch in Kauneonga, 2:30 PM Tuesday and a Shofar service is scheduled in the synagogue parking lot at 2:30 PM  on Wednesday WEATHER PERMITTING.

 For those who are unable to attend in person, we have arranged an option to the link below for Zoom services, through the graciousness of Rabbi Susan Elkodsi, of the Malverne Jewish Center. The appropriate Machzorim needed to follow the Zoom service will be available at the synagogue over the Labor Day  weekend, at the lower entrance.  

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 6, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlfuGspjIuG9dDBnpkPp876Jqf7zMpYJJw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Rabbi Susan Elkodsi
Malverne Jewish Center
516-593-6364
cell: 203-332-4428

Mary-Ellen and I and the entire Board of Directors of Congregation Temple Beth-El, wish all of you a Healthy and Sweet New Year.  

Larry Seitelman

HIGH HOLIDAY INFO & SEAT REQUEST

Dear Friends;

We are pleased to present the 2021 (5782) High Holiday seat request form.  The Covid-19 pandemic  has  presented  a novel year with many hurdles,   and yet we are hopeful to celebrate and observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippor Services with our families and friends in person, and in the warm traditions of our Congregation.  In order to make that possible in a relatively  safe manner, and  consistent with best health practices and recommendations by the CDC and other authoritative medical resources, please note the following:

  • Rosh Hashanah Services will be held at the Smallwood Clubhouse.  The clubhouse is large, and reportedly has an excellent forced ventilation system.  (Erev Rosh Hashanah will be at the synagogue)
  • MASKS and VACCINATIONS ARE MANDATORY. 
  • Seating at the clubhouse for Rosh Hashanah will allow some social distancing.  Please comply.
  • Seating for Yom Kippur at the synagogue will be tighter, determined by the number of attendees. 
  • While tallisim and yarmulkahs will be on site, you are encouraged to bring your own.
  • Services this year are TENTATIVE and may be cancelled if the Covid situation continues to worsen. Your checks will not be deposited until holiday arrangements are finalized.
  • Note the schedule for location of services. Yom Kippur services (including Kol Nidre)  are currently planned  back in the synagogue.  The schedule will also be available on our web site.
  • Request Forms  must include the number of seats in each category (member, family member, non-member) requested.  
  • While we are making extra effort to provide a safe environment, each individual must determine what is in the best interests of their own situation in deciding to attend  services.
  • If ANYONE in your household does not feel well, OR if you have been in the presence of someone who has tested positive for Covid within the previous 10 days,  PLEASE do not attend services

A High Holiday schedule and ticket order form follows. Priority will be given to paid up members. Completed Forms, with check, must be received by AUG 28th .

For those who would prefer a Zoom Service, see details on cover E-mail and on our web site.

We look forward to observing Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with all of you. The entire board extends its warmest wishes to you and your family for a very happy and healthy New Year.

L’Shana Tovah,

Larry Seitelman, President

Congregation Temple Beth-El is pleased to announce that services will be conducted by Rabbi Neal Loevinger and Cantor Leonard Zimmerman.  MASKS AND VACCINATIONS ARE MANDATORY.

The schedule of services is as follows:

Erev Rosh HashanahMonday, Sept. 6thMa’ariv8:00 pm
(at Synagogue) Candle Lighting7:05 pm
Rosh Hashanah
1st day 
Tuesday, Sept. 7thMorning Service9:00am
(at Smallwood Club)Tashlich at The Lake (Boat Ramp)2:30pm
  Ma’ariv8:00pm
Rosh Hashanah
2nd day 
Wednesday, Sept. 8thMorning Service9:00am
(at Smallwood Club)   
    
Erev Yom KippurWednesday Sept. 15thKol Nidre6:45pm
(at Synagogue)   
    
Yom Kippur Thursday, Sept. 16thMorning Service9:00am
(at Synagogue)   
  Yizkor – Approximately  11:00am
  (Study session with Rabbi Neal3:45 pm
  Mincha (Book of Jonah)4:45pm
  Neilah 6:15pm
  Shofar (approx.)7:35pm

DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, WE REGRET THAT THERE WILL BE NO “BREAK THE FAST.”

We hope you are planning to join us.  For tickets, please fill out the form below and mail to:
P.O. Box 539  Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749 by Aug. 28th..   Questions? call Mary-Ellen Seitelman (518) 339-3219.  Non-members may purchase seats if available. A SEATING CHART WILL BE POSTED.

HIGH HOLIDAY PLANNING

CONGREGATION TEMPLE BETH-EL
Subject: High Holiday planning

This note is being sent to help you plan for the High Holidays.   This is only informational.  Please do not send checks yet!

With rising Covid-19 /Delta variant cases rising nationwide, and in order to provide a safer environment for the number of members indicating intent to attend 1st and 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah services this year, we have rented the Clubhouse at Smallwood, 250 Andrew Brucher Road, Smallwood.  It is right next door to Friend’s restaurant. (about 3/4 mile from the intersection of 55 and 17B Clocktower).  It is a larger facility,  so we expect that it will permit better spacing of attendees, and a safer environment.  Of course, each individual must still decide what is best for their own health and safety.  

Currently CDC guidance calls for MASKING indoors, INCLUDING VACCINATED,  so everyone should plan for that, unless things change in the coming weeks.  

TENTATIVE LISTING OF  DIFFERENT VENUES FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYS, 2021: 

EREV Rosh Hashanah (MONDAY EVENING, (September, 6), will be at the Synagogue. 

First and Second Day

ROSH HASHANAH:    (Sept 7, & 8)    At the Smallwood Clubhouse

Tashlich                         (Sept 7)                          Not yet scheduled

Kol Nidre and
Yom Kippur services (Sept 15,16)               At the Synagogue

CURRENT FEE SCHEDULE

Dues remain 150.00

High Holiday Tickets:

Members: 50.00   (Including children underr21)

Family of members:      65.00

Non-members (if seats are available)  100.00

We will be sending the holiday  schedule and seat reservation form in about a week.

Please wait until you receive the form before sending any money.

Thank you for your support, and cooperation.

Larry Seitelman,

President

Board of Directors

NOTICE:   MASKS are now required for everyone in the synagogue including vaccinated individuals!

OUR AFTER SERVICE ‘FABULOUS LUNCHEONS’   IN THE SYNAGOGUE ARE    SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!