Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Monday, September 6, and continues through Wednesday evening. It marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days that lead up to Yom Kippur the holiest day in the Hebrew year and is known as the Day of Atonement on September 15–16.
Local synagogues are taking different approaches to hold services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are requiring proof of vaccination to attend indoor services, others are holding services outdoors.
Here is a roundup of local Jewish High Holy Days services:
Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield
Marks are required at every indoor service for all participants. Unvaccinated children and adults will be invited to attend outdoor services only. Tickets will be issued electronically: Follow this link to request your tickets through SimpleTix. You can also view the live-streamed and recorded services on the YouTube channel for main services and through Zoom for family services.
Chabad of Montclair
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur service will be held in a large outdoor tent at the back parking lot of the Montclair’s Women’s Club. No tickets or payment are required for a place to pray for the High Holidays.
Bnai Keshet in Montclair
Services will be held indoors at Central Presbyterian Church (46 Park St. in Montclair) for vaccinated members and guests. Masks are required. Children aged 11 and under will not be permitted in the Sanctuary but may attend outdoor services under a tent.
Temple Sholom of West Essex
Will hold in-person and virtual services for the High Holy Days.
Shomrei Emunah in Montclair
Services are open to the public, RSVP and Vaccination or testing required. All attendance in-person is subject to COVID-restrictions, including proof of vaccination or proof of negative Rapid or PCR test. Some services will be live-streamed.
Congregation Agudath Israel in West Caldwell
Proof of vaccination will be required when entering the synagogue building for the main service, the highlights service, and the contemplative service. Masks are required. Children under the age of 12 will not be able to attend the main services, but there will be a variety of family and children’s programming available, both inside and outside.
Where to Get The Sweetest Treats and Foos for Your Rosh Hashanah Meal:
- Le French Dad Boulangerie will be selling celebratory challahs on September 8.
- You can also get delicious challah bread at Marcel Bakery + Kitchen and Montclair Bread Co.
- Mikki & Al’s Noshery is offering a full catering menu for Rosh Hasshanah available for pickups on September 6.
- The Little Daiy Bake Shop has all your apple desserts: Apple Crumb Cake, Apple Sugar Cookies, an Bubbe’s Apple Cake