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High Holy Days 2021/5782 -- Frequently Asked Questions


Are the services in person or virtual this year?

As we look forward to being together for a joyous Rosh Hashanah and a meaningful Yom Kippur, we continue to take into consideration the ever-evolving pandemic. The health, safety and well-being of our community remain our top priority. This year, we are pleased to provide both in-person and live-streamed services, enabling each to choose how you prefer to participate.

These materials – the tickets, brochure and website details - reflect our current plans. Our COVID Task Force will continue to monitor the local situation, as well as CDC & State recommended guidelines to align our protocols. We will keep all our members updated, in advance, of any changes in services or format.


Can we invite extended family members and/or friends to our worship services?

We encourage you to invite your family and friends to join with us, as our guests, and celebrate the start of 5782. This is a wonderful way for us to showcase the beauty of our High Holy Day services and welcoming nature of our congregation.

Please use this link to register all extended family and out-of-town guests who are not temple members. Local guests should reach out to Alli West, Senior Director of Membership Engagement, at awest@templest.org or 914.307.0483. This year, we have a program in which your friends and neighbors can purchase Local Guest Tickets and receive a credit for future membership.


How do I include my loved ones in the Yom Kippur Book of Remembrance?

If your loved one has been in our Book of Remembrance in the past, or if you have lost a loved one since last High Holy Days, your loved ones are already included in our list for this year and YOU DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT those names again. Click here to see the full list organized alphabetically by family name.

If you do need to add a loved one’s name, please click here and complete the form so that we can add your loved ones to the Book of Remembrance. All information is due by Friday, August 20th.


What are the COVID protocols at Caramoor?

The health and safety of our community remain our top priorities as we plan for the High Holy Days at Caramoor. We continually monitor developments in the evolving pandemic to update our polices as needed.

Our protocol this year at Caramoor is the following:
  • Vaccinations are required for all who are eligible and attending services at Caramoor.
  • By attending services, each of us will be confirming that we have been fully vaccinated (except for unvaccinated children under 12 who are welcome to attend).
  • Masks will be required of all congregants at all times.
  • Seating will be safely spaced.

We are blessed that all of our services will be held outdoors at Caramoor, in either the Venetian Tent with all side “flaps” continuously open or the open-air bandshell.

Services will also be live streamed so members may participate virtually.

As we continue to monitor events, we may have to change, reverse, or tighten restrictions in order to comply with guidelines or best practices to protect the public health and the wellbeing of our community, and we will notify the community in advance should any change to necessary.


How do I get a prayer book if I am participating virtually?

if you are participating virtually in our Main Service: a set of our new Mishkan Hanefesh Prayer Books are available for pick up: one book for Rosh Hashana and one for Yom Kippur.

These are available for pick up at Temple Shaaray Tefila this week: Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon). Distribution will be at the top of the circle or in the vestibule, depending on weather.

The prayer books are also available online, as “flipbooks”. These can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Rosh Hashana:
Yom Kippur:

if you are participating virtually in our main service in our Family Service:

Family Service booklets are available for pick up also, at Temple Shaaray Tefila this week: Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon). Distribution will be at the top of the circle or in the vestibule, depending on weather

For all at pick-up:

You’ll also receive a 5782 calendar and yahrzeit candle.

If you are participating virtually and not able to pick up the prayer books, and would like us to arrange for them to be brought to you, please call our office and speak with Samantha Klipstein or Jill Berkowitz at 914-666-3133.

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