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High Holy Days FAQs

High Holy Days FAQs

Outdoor Services at Temple

Selichot, Rosh Hashanah Morning, and Yom Kippur Morning

How will I access services if I cannot attend them in person? Please join us for Selichot, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur services via our livestream at timemphis.org or Facebook.

Will I need to register? Yes, members should register for in-person service options at timemphis.org/high-holy-days/ and indicate how many family members will be attending. Registration for Selichot and Rosh Hashanah is open until Friday, September 11, and registration for Yom Kippur is open until Wednesday, September 23.

Who can register? Temple Israel families and their children in 8th grade and higher may attend outdoor services. Our congregants in COVID-19 vulnerable categories as well as 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? Groups will be placed by households. Only adult Temple members and their children in 8th grade and higher may attend in-person, outdoor services at Temple.

Do I need to wear a mask? Yes, please bring a mask and wear it throughout the service. Some masks will be available at hospitality tables.

Where do I park? Parking in the Temple lot will be available beginning at 8 am. Pertinent information related to parking will be emailed to you upon registering.

Where do I sit? For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, chairs will be provided. Please bring chairs and blankets for Selichot and maintain social distancing best practices.

Will bathrooms be available? Yes.

What should I wear? Please dress comfortably and wear shoes appropriate for uneven terrain. Though we typically associate High Holy Days with formality, this does not apply to service attire this year! Dress comfortably — no ties, suits, or shawls required.

Do I need a prayerbook? No, the service will be crafted such that you will not need a prayerbook. Should you wish to purchase one, please contact the Sisterhood gift shop by emailing sisterhoodgiftshop@timemphis.org or calling 901.937.2782.

What about kippot and tallit? Please wear kippot as comfortable. Tallit are not recommended due to concerns over COVID-19.

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

What if it rains? Rosh Hashanah morning and Yom Kippur morning services are rain or shine events. You may also choose to join us virtually via our livestream at timemphis.org or Facebook.

If you would like to volunteer to be an usher or greeter during the High Holy Days, please click here.

The Temple Israel Cemetery will be closed on Monday, September 28 in observance of Yom Kippur.

In order 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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