High Holidays FAQ


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, 2021. 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.


Health and Safety

My family is not fully vaccinated, can we all still attend? All attendees age 12 and over must provide proof of full vaccination, or proof of partial vaccination along with a negative PCR test at the door or via email to vaccine@etzhayim.net. Vaccine status and test results 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? Yes. While most of the sanctuary will have regularly spaced (e.g., pre-pandemic configuration) seating, attendees may voluntarily choose to sit in a portion of the room deliberately configured to create 3-foot distancing from adjacent seating.

I’m fully vaccinated, do I have to wear a mask? Yes. Masks are required for all attendees regardless of vaccination status.


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. 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. Parents may not attend the learning stations and song sessions. 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? We are not able to providing babysitting this year.

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.


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.



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

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