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High Holy Days FAQs

Temple Israel is proud to produce a creative hybrid of virtual and in-person soulful offerings for this year’s High Holy Days season.

As the state of COVID-19 is ever-changing, we remain both flexible and proactive in determining a safe and effective roadmap that reflects the high standard we practice every single day at Temple Israel.
For each service, please keep in mind:

  • Register beforehand if you plan on attending in person. You can find registration links by the corresponding service.
  • Arrive early and allow time to secure parking, check-in, and find a seat.
  • Masks are required (inside and outside) while on the Temple Israel Campus.
  • You must be fully vaccinated to attend in-person indoor offerings.

Do I need to wear a mask?
Yes, masks are required both inside and outside of Temple Israel. Masks will be available at hospitality tables.

When should I arrive?
Please arrive early to allow time to find a parking spot, check-in at the Sanctuary entrance, and find a premier seat with enough distance from others. Services will begin promptly at the listed time.

Can I bring my children to outdoor services?
Yes. Families are welcome to attend outdoor offerings. However, those who are eligible must be fully vaccinated. Masks are required at all times for all, aged 2 and up, both inside and outside,

How will I access services if I cannot attend them in person?
Services are available via our livestream at timemphis.org or Facebook. On the High Holy Days Schedule, a direct link will be below each service.

Will I need to register?
Yes, members should register for in-person service options and indicate how many family members will be attending. By registering, you confirm that you and your guests are fully vaccinated.

Who can register?
Temple Israel families and their children who are fully vaccinated may attend indoor services. Our congregants in COVID-19 vulnerable categories and the greater Memphis and Jewish community are invited to tune in virtually via timemphis.org or Facebook, neither of which require formal registration.

Who can I sit with?
Please sit with your family and choose a seat that allows 6 feet of distance between pods/persons during services.

Where do I park?
Parking in the Temple lot will be available beginning at 8 am.

Will bathrooms be available?
Yes.

Do I need a prayer book?
If you attend in person, we will have prayer books available. If you are tuning in via livestream, the video of the service will include slides of the prayers. Should you wish to purchase one, please contact the Sisterhood gift shop by emailing sisterhoodgiftshop@timemphis.org or calling 901.937.2782. Lastly, the Kindle version can be found here.

What about kippot and tallit?
Kippot and tallit will not be offered, but please bring and wear, as comfortable.

Will there be security?
Yes, security will be provided.

What if it rains?
Rain plans are noted by each outdoor service on the High Holy Day schedule. You may also choose to join us virtually via our livestream at timemphis.org or Facebook.

The Temple Israel Cemetery will be closed on Tuesday, September 7, in observance of Rosh Hashanah, and on Thursday, September 16, in observance of Yom Kippur.


To observe and maintain the sanctity of the High Holy Days, we ask that you refrain from photography and interacting with social media.
Your participation in in-person, outdoor services at Temple Israel is voluntary, and Temple Israel cannot be held liable for injury or illness.
Please note: if you are in a high-risk category as defined by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), please join us for services virtually via our live stream at timemphis.org or on Facebook.

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