Bet Am Shalom’s “open tent” policy – welcoming all for High Holy Days – is so strongly connected to the values of our community. This year, however, due to safety-related capacity restrictions we will be requiring advanced registration.

For those we cannot accommodate in person or who prefer participating remotely, video streaming will be available for all services and registration is required for non-members.

Our clergy, staff, and congregants are devoting a tremendous effort to create a meaningful High Holy Days experience under quickly changing circumstances. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through new processes and guidelines. We are grateful for this BAS community and look forward to sharing these High Holy Days together.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and sweet New Year!

Services & Programming

Service Offerings: In-Person & Virtual

Schedule: click here for service schedule

Locations

  • Main Tent Services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – open to vaccinated individuals only
  • Sanctuary Seating to view a video stream of Main Tent Services – open to vaccinated individuals only
  • Family Tent Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings – open to vaccinated individuals ages 12 and over, as well as unvaccinated children under age 12.
  • Family Tent to view a video stream of Kol Nidrey and Ne’ila services (as needed)

Registration Required for In-Person & Non-Member Virtual Participation

Members: In-person registration will be available first to members and must be completed by August 9. A link to participate virtually will be available in congregational emails and on the Members’ side of the website.

General Public Guests: In-person participation (on a limited basis), as well as virtual participation, is available to guests through registration. The deadline for guest In-person Services registration is August 27. Guests may register for virtual participation at any time.

COVID-19 Policy & Safety Measures

The safety of our congregants and guests is our highest priority so decisions regarding our services are driven by the most current COVID-19 guidelines. Therefore, plans may change at any time.

Vaccination Requirement: All attendees ages 12 and over must submit proof of full vaccination ahead of time to executivedirector@betamshalom.org

Mask Requirement: Everyone on the Bet Am Shalom campus must be masked at all times

Social Distancing: Three feet between households/pods

FAQ’s

Bet Am Shalom always has an Open Tent. Do I really need to register?

Yes! Our “open tent” policy, welcoming all for High Holy Days, is so strongly connected to the values of our Bet Am Shalom community. This year, however, we must consider safety-related capacity restrictions. In order to manage attendance for each day and attempt to match congregants with the services they prioritize, we are requiring registration. All attendees must be pre-registered to participate. We hope to give members and guests access to their preferred services, but we cannot guarantee this.

Do I need to register for Erev Rosh Hashanah services?

Members: Since we don’t expect to reach our capacity restrictions for Erev Rosh Hashanah, this was not included on the main registration form. We have a separate registration for Erev Rosh Hashanah, similar to our Shabbat services registration.

Non-members: Erev Rosh Hashanah is included as a choice in the Guest Registration form.

What is the registration deadline for members to attend in person?

Monday, August 9

What if I want to register my extended family (parents, grown children, etc.) who are not Bet Am Shalom members?

Include those family members in the “Attendee Information” sections of the registration form.

I am more comfortable joining services from home. Will there be video streaming?

Yes! We will be video streaming our services and will include screen sharing of the Mahzor. Non-members must register for this option.

What is the registration deadline to attend virtually?

Non-members may register at any time. Registration not required for members.

Are we opening our tent to guests?

Yes, we will open our tent to a limited number of registered guests.

What is the in-person capacity and will it change?

Based on the guidance of our Health Advisory Team, we are setting our capacity at approximately two-thirds full capacity which will allow for 3-feet distancing. This allows for approximately 600 people in the Main Tent and approximately 120 people in the Sanctuary. We are continually monitoring the COVID situation and may either increase capacity if the situation improves or decrease capacity if it worsens.

Do I have to be in person if I have an honor or if I am reading Torah?

Yes. Our video streaming will not be two-way like last year. If you have an honor or are reading Torah, you will need to be fully vaccinated and participate in person.

What are the vaccination requirements?

All attendees ages 12 and over must be fully vaccinated and send proof of vaccination to ExecutiveDirector@betamshalom.org by August 15.

How can I submit proof of vaccination?

You can email it to ExecutiveDirector@betamshalom.org or you can call the office at 914-946-8851 to arrange for a time to stop by.

What about children under 12 years old who are not vaccinated?

Children under 12 who are not vaccinated are welcome to join us in the Small Tent for Family Services. In order to keep everyone safe, children under 12 may not go into the Main Tent or Sanctuary.

What are the rules about masking?

All attendees be masked at all times, except at the Bimah. We will have extra masks if needed.

How will you decide what services I can attend?

We hope that we will be able to give you your first choice for all of the services you select. If not, we will try giving you your first choice for either Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. If we have more people than we can accommodate for a given service, we will first prioritize based on whether anyone in the household has a role that day (CSS, ushers, service leader, Torah reader, honor, etc.). Then we will see how much capacity is left and make assignments randomly.

Will I only be able to attend one Rosh Hashanah and one Yom Kippur service?

We hope that we will be able to have congregants attend more than two services. That will be based on registration numbers and capacity restrictions.

What if I prefer to sit in the Sanctuary?

There will be seating in the Sanctuary for our vaccinated attendees with a video stream of the service. You will be able to select the Sanctuary as a preference during registration.

How will I know what services we can come to?

After registration is complete, you will receive a registration packet which will include registration cards indicating what service(s) you and your household may attend.

What will I do when I get to BAS?

You will present your name card at the parking lot entrance. Additional details will be forthcoming with the registration packets.

Will there be babysitting?

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we cannot offer babysitting this year.

Are we going to have Break Fast after Ne’ila?

We are going to do Break Fast “to go,” and everyone attending the service will receive a goody bag of snacks and juice when the service is over.

Still have questions?

Email our office or call 914-946-8851.