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High Holy Days 2021/5782: Registration, Religious School, COVID Safety and You

Due to a variety of unexpected issues and to ensure health safety protocols, we will NOT begin Religious School on Sunday, September 12. Instead, classes at our Religious School will officially begin in person on Sunday, October 3.

We WILL have Sukkot Family FUNday in person on Sunday, September 19 from 9:30am-noon. Children will have important class time, including Hebrew review and assessment with their teachers at the beginning of the morning before we begin the Family Fun workshop rotations. We will not be using the social hall for our Sukkot FUNday activities.

Students and teachers alike are required to wear face masks while attending school and events at Temple Beth-El.

We can’t wait to start Religious School with you and the children! Looking forward!

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Registration to attend our High Holy Day in-sanctuary services in person has closed. Join us on YouTube:

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Vaccination Documentation for you and each of your attending family members (age 12+) can be submitted in one of 3 ways below, and must be done by August 31. (You may redact your date of birth and lot number if you wish):

  1. Email: Send copy of card as an attachment to our office manager, Bob Kahan at
  2. Text:  Text an image of your card to 201.233.9182.
  3. Over Zoom: Contact Bob Kahan to set up a Zoom appointment. Show him your/your family’s vaccination card(s) (physical card or a photo on your phone) on Zoom. Bob’s hours are Tues-Friday from 11am-4pm.

If you are not vaccinated or you do not wish to attend in-person services, there is no need to submit any documentation.

While our leadership stands behind this decision for our collective and individual health and wellness, we understand this policy may exclude some unvaccinated members. While we highly encourage you to perform the mitzvah (spiritual imperative) of being vaccinated for Covid-19 now in time to attend, please see the full list of services that do not require vaccination. All of our services will also be available to watch streamed live on YouTube here. We will also lend machzorim (prayer books) to our members praying from home. Reserve yours here


Yamim Nora’im 5782 / High Holy Days 2021

Full Schedule of Services


  • 7.30pm Saturday August 28: Havdalah, Documentary Film & Discussion, Slichot Prayers…

Rosh Hashana

Monday, September 6

  • 8.00pm Erev Rosh Hashana*

Tuesday September 7

  • 10.00am Rosh Hashana I*
  • 1.30pm Shofar & Shmooze on our front steps ***
  • 2.30pm Family Services for Rosh Hashana**
  • 4.30pm Tashlich in Liberty State Park***

Wednesday September 8

  • 10.00am Rosh Hashana II*

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, September 15

  • 6.30pm Kol Nidrei*

Thursday, September 16

  • 10.00am Yom Kippur Morning Services*
  • 2.00pm Contemplative Meditative Walk in Lincoln Park led by Robb Kushner***
  • 2.00pm Family Services for Yom Kippur**
  • 3.30pm Yizkor*
  • 4.30pm Mincha/Ne’ilah & Havdalah*


Sunday, September 19

  • 1:00pm Build & Decorate the Sukkah***

Monday, September 20

  • 7:00pm Erev Sukkot Celebration***

Friday, September 24

  • 6:30pm Shabbat in the Sukkah***

Saturday, September 25

  • 10:30am Tot Shabbat in the Sukkah***

Monday, September 27

  • 7:00pm Simchat Torah Celebration

Tuesday, September 28

  • 9:00am Yizkor Memorial Service on Zoom

*Indicates a cap of 200 people

**Indicates a cap of 150 people

***Outdoors & Available to all.

[1] To be considered for entrance to these services, all attendees must remain masked at all times indoors; and (if over age 12) can attest to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, i.e., (a) 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or (b) 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.


A downloadable “Observing Holy Day in Temple. Please Do Not Ticket” placard to put in your car window (on the driver’s side) is available here.

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High Holy Days, July 1 and Your Membership

July 1 was when our members were required to renew membership and pledge their Terumah dues for ’21-’22. In our safety considerations for determining who will be granted High Holy Day entry, members in good standing will be considered first and foremost for our in-person High Holy Day services, exclusively. Click here to pledge and renew your membership if you have not already set your membership to auto-renew on our website. July 1 was the beginning of our fiscal year and the membership renewal date for all, including those who joined or renewed at any point in the last year.




Temple Beth-El Is Supporting Health and Community Spirit during COVID-19

Our hearts ached to be together again, back to the lives and community we enjoy. We are delighted to be transitioning back into our building. However, many are still working partially from home. Our phones and emails are up and running. To access the building, please email Bob Kahan, our office manager at to coordinate access.

Shabbat Services

Rest for the body. Refreshment for the soul. Nourishment for the spirit. Healing for the heart. Inspiration for life.

Friday Evening – Kabbalat Shabbat

All of our services are now in person. Weather permitting, our First Friday services will be held outdoors and will not be Zoomed or YouTubed at 6.30. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn from 6pm. All other Kabbalat Shabbat services in the month will be held in our sanctuary at 8pm for fully-vaccinated and masked people. Those services will be live-streamed over YouTube. Please check our website for updated, accurate information.

Our Pot Luck Dinners are suspended until further notice.

Newcomers and visitors of any religious backgrounds are still always welcome.

Shabbat Shalom and we hope to see you soon.

Saturday Morning – Study and Prayer

All Shabbat morning services are suspended until further notice. Watch the calendar for our monthly outdoor Tot Shabbat services.

Prayers For Healing

If you or a loved one are ill and would like to be added to our misheberach l’cholim list (prayer for healing), please let Rabbi Moritt know at

We are happy to pray for the healing of body, spirit, psyche and relationship of anyone of any religion. Please include the Hebrew name of the person/people in your prayers (if known) and your phone number so we can be in touch. As eager as we are to pray for your healing, we are especially happy when we can take you off the list, fully restored. Please remember to let us know that, too.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring

All bar/bat mitzvah tutoring will continue as scheduled via Zoom until further notice. Download the program from if you have not already. For tutoring with Rabbi Moritt, click this link in your browser. If you need to use the phone instead, call (929) 205-6099; meeting ID: 848 568 733.

To reach Morah Marian Kleinman email

Please remember Rabbi Moritt and  Morah Marian  schedule their meetings independently. If you need to reschedule or make an appointment, reach out to them by email.

Pikuach Nefesh (the preservation of human life) is hands-down, the most important value in Judaism. Temple Beth-El still takes this virus very seriously and has made the following adjustments in our programming. We hope you will stay connected with us each and every step of the way as we bond together as a congregation as follows:

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Rabbi Moritt joins other members of Jersey City clergy in this video supporting Covid-19 Vaccinations and in honor of all who have suffered and all who have helped during this unprecedented time. See Video.

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