High Holidays with FJC

Dear FJC Community,

When we had to make the decision to close the doors of FJC, we never thought that we would still be closed going into the High Holidays.  The FJC Board, in collaboration with Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson, Yoshie Fructer and the Ritual Committee have been working tirelessly to design a High Holiday program that will be both meaningful and safe for everyone in the FJC community.  At present, we are in Phase 4 as a city but as we have seen, our reality changes rapidly.  Though we are expanding our weekly in-person service offerings, even at Phase 4, CDC guidance prevents us from filling our seats to full capacity.  Below you will find our High Holiday plans so far.  In the coming weeks we will send information with more granular plans (service schedules, etc), how to obtain High Holiday tickets as well as membership renewal information.   

Below you will find two plans that we will use for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  We will regroup and reassess the effectiveness of these plans as needed for the remainder of the High Holiday season as it approaches: 

Plan A: In place as long as the NYC remains in Phase 4

  • Blended In-Person and Livestreamed service
    • Livestream will be the option for the vast majority of our community
    • In-Person service will be available for a limited number of community members who are not comfortable participating in an online service
  • Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced for those participating in the in-person service
    • Stay home if you are feeling sick and if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive within 14 days
    • Temperature check at the door
    • Wear a mask at all times
    • Remain in assigned family seating pod
    • Observe social distancing rules
    • No one will be permitted into the building without a ticket for each High Holiday service
  • Cleaning and hand sanitizing protocols will occur throughout the time when people are in the building
  • Cleaning protocols will take place between services to ensure safety prior to the start of the next service
  • Children are welcome to attend services with their families however, babysitting and children’s programming will not be offered as part of our High Holiday programming this year.  We understand that the needs of each child are different but we are asking that children above the age of 3 follow social distancing guidelines to the best of their abilities

 

Plan B: In place if we are unable to hold in-person services due to a change in COVID spread in the weeks leading up to the High Holidays

  • HH services will be Livestreamed for the entire community with only the service leaders and a minyan on site in the building
  • Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced for those who will be in the building
  • Cleaning and hand sanitizing protocols will occur throughout the time when people are in the building
  • Cleaning protocols will take place between services to ensure safety prior to the start of the next service

If you would like to be considered as part of the group that would participate in the in-person High Holiday service, please complete this survey.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.  

Be safe, be well and take care of each other,

Heather Miller

President