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, we are anticipating safety-related capacity restrictions and therefore will be requiring advanced registration – with members getting priority before opening up to others.

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. (link to follow)

Our clergy, staff, and congregants are devoting a tremendous effort to create a meaningful High Holy Days experience under quickly changing circumstances. We will all need 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!

COVID-19 Policy

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.

Services & Programming

Service Offerings: In-Person & Remote

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
  • 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. Everyone in the family services must be masked.
  • Family Tent for additional Children’s Programming – still under consideration due to health and safety concerns.
  • 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 (link available in congregational emails and Members’ side of website). A link to participate remotely will be available in congregational emails and on the Members’ side of the website.

General Public Guests: Virtual participation available through registration (link to follow); in-person availability TBD in late August

Safety Measures

Vaccination Requirement: All attendees ages 12 and over must submit proof of full vaccination

Mask Requirement: Everyone must be masked in the family service.  For the Main Tent and Sanctuary, everyone must wear a mask while not in their seat. Masks may also be required while seated depending on the most current COVID policy.

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 are anticipating 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.

Do I need to register for Erev Rosh Hashanah services?

Since we don’t expect to reach our capacity restrictions for Erev Rosh Hashanah, this was not included on the main registration form. We will have a separate registration for Erev Rosh Hashanah, similar to our Shabbat services registration. In the likely event that we will be able to accommodate guests, we will post the registration form on the website

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

Monday, August 9 – Registration Form available here (member login required)

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. Registration is also required for this option. Link to follow.

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?

We want to open our tent to guests, as in the past. We will prioritize members and will then determine what capacity, if any, is available for guests. That is why it is so important for our members to register by Monday, August 9.

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 670 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 and for children’s programming after Family Services, if offered. 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 must have masks on hand. We will have extra masks if needed. Everyone in the Family Service will need to be masked, and children will need to be masked during Children’s Programming. We will update mask guidance for the Main Tent and Sanctuary as we get closer to the High Holy Days.

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?

Availability of babysitting will depend on COVID-19 guidelines. TBD

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.