High Holidays FAQ

Online Services

Is there an online option for participating in services? Yes, all services (except for Tashlich which is outdoors and on-the-move) will be streamed online via Zoom. All online participants will be muted, and chat is disabled during services. We encourage anyone joining us to have your camera turned on, so we can see you in our sanctuary as well. Once you turn your camera on, please be mindful that everyone in the sanctuary can see you. We encourage you to be present in that moment with us, without TV, cellphones, food, or other distractions.

Hazzan

Is CEH hiring a Hazzan for the High Holidays? We are excited to share that Hazzan Gordon Piltch will be joining us this year for the High Holidays. Hazzan Piltch has retired from congregational work and currently lives in Beer Sheva, Israel. He is often in the US visiting family or working on special projects, contributing with his knowledge and skills in the synagogue setting. He has served as cantor in Conservative synagogues for forty-five years, beginning in his teens. His repertoire has always been a balanced mix of traditional and contemporary with an emphasis on encouraging the community to join him in singing familiar tunes. He has previously served as a Hazzan for Park Avenue Synagogue, NY; Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, NY; and, Congregation Beth El of Norfolk, VA among others.

Registration and Attendance

Do I need to Register for Sukkot, Hoshanah Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, & Simchat Torah? No. Registration is not required for Sukkot, Hoshanah Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, & Simchat Torah

Why do I have to register for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah Services? Requiring registrations improves the safety and security of the services; it lets us pre-print Name Badge Tickets and enables us to understand the actual interest in in-person attendance. Registration deadline is August 15th, 2022. Register here.


Can I bring a guest?
Yes, you’re welcome to bring friends, relatives, prospective new members, etc., but these guests must be registered in advance. Register here.

Health and Safety

My family is not fully vaccinated, can we all still attend? All attendees ages 5 and over must provide proof of full vaccination to vaccine@etzhayim.net.

All kids under 5 years old, that are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine must get their first shot before High Holidays.

Vaccine status will be stored securely and not shared with any members, companies, or institutions. Additional updates will be communicated via email and will be posted here.

Can I physically distance from other attendees?  attendees? Yes. We are limiting the capacity of the sanctuary so people can find spaces to be physically distanced from other attendees, in particular, in the back of the room, next to the windows.

I’m fully vaccinated, do I have to wear a mask? mask? We strongly recommend all attendees of our programs to wear masks when in indoor space. N95 (or similar) are preferable and will be available to everyone by the entrance.

Do i need to get a COVID-19 test before coming? There is no requirement for testing, although you can always do it on your own. If you have had any known exposure or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please go get tested and join us online for services in the meantime.

Ticket Fees

I’m a CEH member, are tickets free? Yes. Your membership in CEH includes all High Holiday services and activities.

Is there a Guest or non-member fee? Yes. For non-members, we would love to have you with us, either in person or online. Tickets for non-members are $180. Register here.

Please contact office@etzhayim.net for college and military discounts. 

Youth Programming

What Youth Programming is available? On both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, CEH will be running educational Youth programming from 9:30AM – 12:30PM. Activities include: learning stations, services, and song sessions.

May parents attend Youth Programming? Parents may attend the tefilla portion of Youth Programming. Please contact the Religious School or Preschool Director to discuss special circumstances.

What age ranges are considered “Youth?” Anyone who is older than 18 months in age and who has not had a Bar/Bat Mitzvah yet.

Is there babysitting? If you are interested in some kind of babysitting, please share your interest with us in the registration form so we can be in touch with you about that.

What if my child wants or needs to leave the Youth programming? Youth may not roam the building; they’ll be required to stay in the programming space until you pick them up. If a child requests to see you, a member of the staff will relay that message to you so that you can come down to get your child. All children in Youth Programming will receive a blue bracelet so staff can identify and care for them.

Will snacks be provided? Yes, on Rosh Hashanah Days 1 & 2 we will provide apples, honey & challah. On Yom Kippur there will be light snacks.

Special Accessibility 

Can I request/reserve handicapped parking and accessible seating? Yes. Please contact Marcy for more information.

Security

Security? As they have done in the past, Arlington Police will be at the door providing security.

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