FAQs: High Holy Days 2021

Are masks required?
As of August 4, 2021, we are requiring everyone to wear masks in the building regardless of vaccination status. 

What are the requirements and safety precautions for High Holy Days services in the main sanctuary?
Only vaccinated members and their vaccinated guests will be permitted to attend services in the main sanctuary. Those who are not vaccinated may attend our parallel services, and will be asked to take a PCR test within 48 hours before the service. All attendees are required to wear a mask for the duration of services.

We will observe a social distance of one seat between families, are using an enhanced air filtration system, and will be periodically opening the doors throughout the service. The capacity and the length of the service have been reduced.

What are the requirements and safety precautions for Parallel Services?
Those attending Parallel Services must submit either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of the service. We will also provide PCR testing immediately prior to the beginning of the parallel services for those who are not vaccinated. The cost is $50 per test and the results from this test will be available within 15 minutes. All attendees are required to wear a mask for the duration of services.

We will observe a social distance of one seat between families, are using an enhanced air filtration system. The capacity and the length of the service have been reduced.

What are the requirements and safety precautions for the Rosh Hashanah Dinner?
Those attending our Rosh Hashanah dinner are required to submit proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the dinner. Masks are required when not actively eating or drinking.

What are the requirements and safety precautions for the Succot meals?
Those attending our Succot meals are required to submit proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the meal. Masks are required when not actively eating or drinking. Each family will be seated at their own table. 

How do I submit proof of vaccination?
Please email your vaccination record to cassie@pesyn.org.

What is the status of vaccination among the Synagogue members?
According to our data, more than 95% of our members have received the vaccine.

Will there be an outdoor Shofar blowing and Yizkor service?
Yes. On both days of Rosh Hashanah, there will be a Shofar blowing at 1:30PM in the tent. On Yom Kippur, there will be a Yizkor service in the tent at 1PM in addition to our Yizkor service in the main sanctuary. 

Will there be an online service?
Yes. We will offer a pre-Yom Kippur Kol Nidre and Yizkor service on September 15 at 5:00PM so that those who cannot attend in person can join our services.