Perspectives on the 2020 High Holy Days – Overview

At this point, saying that 2020 is unprecedented nothing new. It might even be an understatement.

But when it comes to how Jewish congregations — and their clergy — experienced the High Holy Days, there is really no precedent.

With all of the talk before the holidays about how synagogues and others were preparing for what normally are some of their most sacred — and highly attended — events, we reached out to members of our community after their conclusion to see how things went, how they were different and what they learned.

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Perspectives on the 2020 High Holy Days – Part 1

This post is part of our series: Perspectives on the 2020 High Holy Days. (Click here to see a list of all the posts in this series.)

In this post, we hear from members of the AJRCA community about how their synagogue approached the High Holy Days this year as compared to previous years.

As you might imagine, we received responses that run the gamut, from fully recorded online, to livestreamed online to live, socially-distanced in-person services. Here is a sampling: (more…)

Perspectives on the 2020 High Holy Days – Part 2

This post is part of our series: Perspectives on the 2020 High Holy Days. (Click here to see a list of all the posts in this series.)

In this post, we hear from members of the AJRCA community about how the attendance at their services and activities this year (online and in-person).

If you attended services (either virtually or in-person), you may have noticed a difference in the size of the audience this year — and our responses mostly supported that. Here is a sampling: (more…)

Perspectives on the 2020 High Holy Days – Part 3

This post is part of our series: Perspectives on the 2020 High Holy Days. (Click here to see a list of all the posts in this series.)

In this post, we hear from members of the AJRCA community about how their personal preparation for the Holidays was different this year.

The variety in the responses we received was incredible, and largely depended on the approach to the Holidays as a whole.  Here is a sampling: (more…)

Perspectives on the 2020 High Holy Days – Part 4

This post is part of our series: Perspectives on the 2020 High Holy Days. (Click here to see a list of all the posts in this series.)

In this post, members of the AJRCA community share their key takeaways from this HHD season.

Since services were delivered in so many different ways — almost all of them a departure from the norm — we were all learners this year! (more…)