Clinton, NY - Ahead of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Chabad of Clinton prepares to host in-person services over the next week.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are typically the most celebrated Jewish holidays with the highest synagogue attendance around the world.
This year, things will look very different. The Chabad of Clinton has a tent set up outdoors with additional space made available for those who would like to attend.
Rabbi Didy Waks says that being together, in-person, is vital.
“Even if we have to stay six feet apart, even if we can’t do everything exactly the same way but there’s something special about being next to people and hopefully that will be an inspiring moment for everyone,” said Waks.
Attendees will be screened for coronavirus and masks are mandatory. This holiday is an opportunity for the Jewish community to come together and feast together. Instead of a meal, packaged snacks will be handed out to attendees.
Waks says that the adversity of the pandemic is motivating.
“It's a day of judgement, it's a day of remembrance where we're supposed to reflect on our past year and what we're trying to do for the next year. So really it’s ever more appropriate to have a Rosh Hashanah this year right in the middle of a pandemic because we're trying to figure out, you know, how did our year go with the pandemic and how are we going to make this year better. How are we going to go through in the foreseeable future having the current reality being what it is,” said Waks.
Rosh Hashanah services are Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.
Yom Kippur services are Sunday, September 27 and Monday, September 28.
The number of spaces available for services are limited with just a few slots still available. If you would like to attend, head to chabadclinton.com to reserve a spot.