We warmly welcome you to share the High Holy Days with us at Bet Am Shalom.

Our services are open to the public  — no one is turned away. We welcome all generations, religious backgrounds, interfaith families, empty nesters, singles, LGBTQ, the scholarly and observant, and those new to Judaism.

When you come into our beautiful service, you will find a distinctive openness and spirituality, as we mark the traditional rituals of the Days of Awe. It’s an environment of inspiration, welcome, community, and song.  

Our “Open Tent”
We worship – literally – in an open tent on our park-like grounds in order to welcome family members, friends and guests into our community. The tent is rainproof and has heaters for chilly weather services

You do not need tickets, but we do request that you register.  

In-person participation, as well as virtual participation, are available to guests through registration. Please help defray the prohibitive cost of our tent with a generous donation.

Children
We have a vibrant child-friendly family service, babysitting, and children’s programming on both mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning.

  • Family Services: Rabbi Bronstein and Director of Education & Family Engagement, Lisa Jacobs will lead the Family Service on both days of Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 26-27) and on Yom Kippur (Oct. 5) from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.  
  • Programming: Programming will be provided for children in grades K-6 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. It will include drama, holiday-appropriate art, creative games and other activities.
  • Shorashim: We are excited to announce that, for the first time, we will offer Shorashim Circle Time on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from 10:45 AM to 11:15 AM. Shorashim is our monthly program for 0-5-year-olds and their parents, grandparents, and caregivers. This special High Holy Day edition will focus on the themes of the holidays through music, movement, and story time.
  • Babysitting: Babysitting will be provided for 2-5-year-olds on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. We are unable to provide babysitting for any of the evening services. 

Video Streaming
For those who prefer participating remotely, video streaming will be available for all services and registration is required for non-members. You may follow the services with our machzor and readings below:  
Machzor
Machzor Transliterations
High Holy Days Readings 2022

If you have additional questions, we want to hear from you! Contact us at betamshalom@betamshalom.org.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and sweet New Year!

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Locations

  • Main Tent Services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – open to vaccinated individuals only
  • Family Services in the Sanctuary on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings – open to vaccinated individuals ages 5 and over, as well as unvaccinated children under age 5.

COVID-19 Policy & Safety Measures

The safety of our congregants and guests is our highest priority so decisions regarding our COVID protocols will be driven by the most current CDC guidelines. Therefore, plans may change at any time.

Vaccination Policy: All attendees ages 5 and over must provide proof of vaccination by submitting it in advance to Betamshalom@betamshalom.org or by showing it at entry. Those who have submitted vaccination proof prior do not need to resubmit.
Children under 5 do not need to be vaccinated to join the Family Service, Children’s Programming or babysitting but should take a rapid test within 24 hours if they will be joining us in the Main Tent.

Mask Requirement: We will provide a Masked-only section. If the risk of Covid-19 is high at the time of services, we will require masking for all.

FAQ’s

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

Yes! We will be video streaming our services. Non-members must register for this option.

What is the registration deadline to attend virtually?

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

Are we opening our tent to guests?

Yes, we warmly welcome all guests who register and provide proof of full vaccination.

What are the vaccination requirements?

All attendees ages 5 and over must provide proof of vaccination by submitting it in advance to Betamshalom@betamshalom.org or by showing it at entry. Those who have submitted vaccination proof prior do not need to resubmit.
Children under 5 do not need to be vaccinated to join the Family Service, Children’s Programming and babysitting but should take a rapid test within 24 hours if they will be joining us in the Main Tent.

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 a time to stop by. If you do not send proof ahead, you will be asked to show proof in order to gain entry.

What about children under 5 years old who are not vaccinated?

Children under 5 who are not vaccinated are welcome to join us for Family Service, Children’s Programming and babysitting but should take a rapid test within 24 hours if they will be joining us in the Main Tent.

What are the rules about masking?

Masking requirements will depend on the CDC guidelines at the time. We will have extra masks if needed. We will provide a “masked-only” section.

Is there handicapped parking?

Handicapped parking will be available for those with Handicap Parking Permits. You must call the office (914-946-8851) to reserve a handicapped parking spot in the main lot near the front door.

Is there a place to drop people off?

Drop-off for tent attendance is allowed at the southwest corner of the tent (blacktop entrance south of the main driveway on Soundview Avenue) and pathways lead to the tent. You will need to move your car after drop-off.
Drop-off for Sanctuary attendance is allowed at the main entrance of the building.

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?

Yes with advanced registration.

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

Yes. If you have an honor or are reading Torah, you will need to be fully vaccinated and participate in person.

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

Yes. Please join our communal Break Fast.

Still have questions?

Email our office or call 914-946-8851.