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Services | Computers and Technology | Family Members and Guests | Children | Afternoon and Evening Programming

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Babysitting Registration Form | Ticket Request Form - printable PDF | Book of Remembrance Request Form - printable PDF

Services

Q: What are the available options for the High Holy Days this year at Bet Torah?

A: High Holy Days morning services will be available in person in the Sanctuary and Tent, as well as streamed on-line from the Sanctuary. 

Q: What are the differences between the Sanctuary and Tent morning services?

  • The Sanctuary service is Bet Torah’s classic service with traditional prayers and melodies. The Sanctuary service for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is about 5 hours, starting at 8:00 am and ending at approximately 1:00 pm. Led by Rabbi Brusso and Cantor Ezring, this service includes the Torah service. Rabbi Brusso’s sermon is at 12:15 pm.
  • The Tent service includes essential High Holy Days themes elements, with more discussion and exploration. The Tent service is 2 3/4 hours, 9:30 am - 12:15 pm. Led by Rabbi Sacks and a small group of congregants, this service includes the Torah service. Rabbi Brusso’s sermon is at 11:45 am.

Q: Do I need to request tickets or register specifically for the Sanctuary or the Tent?

A: Your ticket enables you to choose whichever service you would like to attend, although we prefer that you limit your movement between services in order to reduce congestion in the hallways.

Q: Where can I find the full schedule of services?

A: Click here for the Rosh Hashanah schedule, and here for Yom Kippur. The full schedule can be found on your High Holidays Ticket, in the special High Holy Days issue of The Message, or as a printable PDF

Q: Is there a maximum number of people who can join services?

  • The Sanctuary and Tent services each have a maximum number that is based on physical space and occupancy limitations, but we anticipate that we can accommodate those who want to attend. 
  • Tickets are required for both the Sanctuary and the Tent, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. 
  • There are no space limitations for members who are streaming services.

Q: What are Bet Torah’s policies regarding vaccinations and mask wearing in the services?

  • We strongly urge all eligible individuals to receive the vaccine and all applicable boosters. 
  • The Sanctuary and the Tent each will have a mask-only section.
  • Masking is optional; we continue to provide a mask-only section in all services.
  • (Masks do mitigate transmission of illness, especially tight-fitting masks such as KN-95 and K-95. They offer added protection, especially in indoor spaces, for those who may be immuno-compromised or risk-averse.) 
  • Click here for more information about Bet Torah's COVID Policy.

Q: Will the mask-only sections be socially distanced?

A: Social distancing is encouraged in the mask-only sections but will not be required or enforced.

Q: Will services be accessible virtually for those who do not attend in person?

A: All Sanctuary services, including morning services, evening Maariv, Kol Nidre, Yizkor, and Ne’ilah, will be streamed. 

Q: How can I get a copy of the Mahzor to use when I am attending virtually?

A: If you would like to borrow Mahzorim, you may stop by Bet Torah beginning Tuesday, September 6, from 9-5 Mondays through Thursdays and 9-2 on Fridays.  To learn about purchasing your own print copy or digital download of the Lev Shalem Mahzor, visit the Rabinnical Assembly website

Computers and technology

Q: Which services will be available online? 

A: Almost all services in the Sanctuary will be streamed for live viewing. Tent services will not be streamed this year.

Q: What technology is needed to participate?

A: To stream the Sanctuary service, you will need an Internet connection and a way to access the internet whether via desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet (iPad or Surface). 

Q: Is my family allowed to stream services from more than one device?

A: Yes, you may access the streamed services from as many devices as you like. 

Q: What if I won’t have access to technology?

A: Please reach out to caring@bettorah.org prior to the start of the High Holy Days so we can discuss ways to stay connected and participate. 

Q: Whom do I contact if I have technology issues?

A: Please email techhelp@bettorah.org 

Family members and guests

Q: Do my adult children need tickets?

A: Tickets for immediate family members who are in their 20s can be requested on the High Holy Days Ticket Request form. Adult children ages 30+ require a guest ticket. The cost of each in-person guest ticket is $236. If you have not already requested your guest tickets, please contact Seth Young at syoung@bettorah.org.

Q: Can I bring guests?

A: Guest tickets for in-person services may be requested on the High Holy Days Ticket Request form. Guests include adult children ages 30+. The cost of each in-person guest ticket is $236. If you have not already requested your guest tickets, please contact Seth Young at syoung@bettorah.org. There is no charge for guests attending services virtually, but we do ask that you provide their email addresses ahead of time.

Q: Will there be a cost for non-members?

A: The cost of each guest ticket for in-person services is $236.  There will not be a fee for guests to stream services.  However, contributions in any amount to Bet Torah’s Annual Fund are warmly appreciated. 

Q: Can I invite family from out of town to stream the Sanctuary services?

A: Yes, members may invite non-member friends and family to stream the Sanctuary services. 

CHILDREN

Q: Will there be programming for my children in Nursery School? Kulanu?

  • Babysitting is available between 10 am and 1 pm on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for nursery-age children (2-4 years). Reservations must be made in by September 21
  • Children’s programming is available for Grades K-6 between 10:45 am and 12:45 pm on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. High Holy Day Children’s Programming for K-4th grade will include holiday projects, stories, games, age-appropriate services, and a snack. Grades 5th-6th will participate in a service and discussion led by Robin Wald in the Library. Grades 7 and older are encouraged to attend Services with their family. We ask for your cooperation that all children must be either in programming (until picked up by an adult) or with their family in services. All children in kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to participate. If your child is not enrolled in Kulanu, please contact us to register in advance.
  • On Yom Kippur, optional extended programming is available until 1:30 pm for children Grades K-6 whose parents are attending Yizkor in the Tent
  • Additionally, we are excited to offer young family services for families with children from birth through Grade 1. The services will be conducted on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 at 4 pm and on Yom Kippur at 2:30 pm.


Q: What other family programming options are available?

A: Join us for a joyous Family Tashlich at 4 pm on Rosh Hashanah Day 2 at Leonard Park, as we cast away our wrong-doings and begin the new year with a fresh start. Activities will include blowing the shofar, holiday-appropriate craft, apples and honey, stories, songs and even new year yoga! This program is appropriate for families with children in Pre-K through 3rd grade. All are welcome.  

Our traditional Tashlich followed by Mincha/Maariv services at 5:15 pm on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 at Shoppers Park (behind the Mount Kisco library).

AFternoon and evening programming

Q: Will there be a Tashlich ceremony?

A: Two Bet Torah community Tashlich ceremonies are planned:

Learn all about Tashlich 


Q: Will Bet Torah offer special programming during the Yom Kippur afternoon break?

A: Rabbi Sacks and Jamie Rosenfeld will be leading a study session: Escorting the Soul: Understanding the Sacred Act of Tahara (preparing the body for burial) from 2:30 until 4 pm.

Fri, October 7 2022 12 Tishrei 5783