High Holy Days 2021 – 5782

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High Holy Day Service Schedule


Online Outdoor Indoor


Tashlich | September 12

10:00 am Outdoors (Rock Creek Park) | View on Google Maps

Registration is NOT required to attend.

Kol Nidre | September 15

6:30 pm on Zoom

Registration is required to attend.

Yom Kippur Day | September 16

Registration is required to attend each service.

Young Children’s Service | 9:00 -10:00 am

  • Location: Outdoors (Tent) at National United Methodist Church
  • Ages: Toddler to Grade 2
  • Restrictions: masked (over age 2)
  • NO live stream available

Sanctuary Service | 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

  • Location: Indoors (Sanctuary) at National United Methodist Church
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Restrictions: vaccination required; all attendees masked; seating by family
  • Live streaming available
  • Assisted Listening system available

Family-Friendly Service | 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

  • Location: Outdoors (Tent) at National United Methodist Church
  • Ages: 3rd grade and up
  • Restrictions: masked (over age 2); seating by family
  • NO live stream available

Ask the Rabbis | 12:15 – 1:00 pm

  • Location: Indoors (Sanctuary)
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Restrictions: vaccination required; all attendees masked; seating by family
  • Live streaming available
  • Assisted Listening system available

Liz Lerman Avodah Service | 2:15 pm

  • Service is online only.
  • Registration is required to attend.

Speakers Panel: Memorializing A Year of COVID | 3:00 pm

  • Service is online only.
  • Registration is required to attend.

With panelists:

  • Alice Greenwald, President, National 9-11 Memorial and Museum, NYC
  • Dr. David Skorton, President, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel

Moderator: Jodi Enda, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Afternoon Services, Yizkor, Neilah | 5:30 pm

  • Service is online only.
  • Registration is required to attend.

Dear Temple Micah Friends,

We are beyond excited to be celebrating the High Holy Days with you over the next two weeks. It has been far too long since we have come together in person, and we look forward to welcoming you to a sacred, communal space. At the same time, we know that celebrating in person this year comes with health concerns unlike those we have experienced before, and we all must take reasonable steps to mitigate risks related to COVID.

Please take a few minutes to carefully read this message to prepare yourself for the upcoming in person services and our expectations for all members of our community attending in person High Holy Day services, including reporting any post-attendance COVID diagnosis.

We will provide logistical information, including details on parking as well as links to our online services, on Monday, September 6. If your plans have changed and you will be attending the service online, please let the Temple Micah office know so we can plan accordingly.

We know that this is not normal and our greatest wish is that we will not have to take such precautions in 5783. We ask for your understanding, your patience and your flexibility—we are in this together and will get through this together. Thank you!

Shanah Tovah!
Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel
Rabbi Josh Beraha
Rabbi Stephanie Crawley
Joshua Berman, President
Rielle Miller Gabriel, Vice President

Preparing for In-Person Services

Staying Home

Although it goes without saying, please stay at home if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms or have had any contact with someone with COVID. The sanctuary services will be livestreamed and everyone is invited to join our robust online offerings throughout the holidays.


As you all know, facemasks are proven effective in significantly reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are requiring that facemasks be worn by everyone over 2 years old, regardless of vaccination status and at all times while on the church property (indoors and outdoors). We will have an ample supply of both adult and child-size disposable masks for anyone in need. For those of you with children, we ask you to keep an eye on their masks and help ensure they fully cover their mouth and nose. We are asking our ushers to watch out for appropriate mask-wearing, as well.


All individuals who registered for and are planning to attend the indoor sanctuary services must be vaccinated.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances to the sanctuary and the tent. We encourage you to use it upon entry and exit.


We realize that for many of us, this will be the first time we see each other in person, and we are looking forward to greeting friends. We also know that it may be difficult to keep a distance from others at all times. However, we ask you to resist the urge to hug and gather closely, even outdoors and if vaccinated, and to do your best to remain distanced from those outside your household. Please keep in mind that we all have different levels of comfort around physical proximity and each of us has been navigating the pandemic in our own way.

Out of respect and for the safety of all, we will strive to keep distance between households and will institute the following:

Arrival and Entrances

To manage the flow of people, we ask everyone to enter the services at the designated entrances and within larger-than-normal windows of time, explained below. Please arrive early (but not too early!).

For the tent services: Although the tent is open on all sides, we ask that you enter at the designated entrances, which you will be able to access from the parking lot. Doing so will allow our ushers to ensure every family has the space it needs.

  • Families with young children, 9:00 am: We invite families to start arriving at 8:30 am. Because there is another service in the tent later that morning, we ask that you promptly depart the tent at the conclusion of the service.
  • Family-friendly service, 10:30 am: We invite families to arrive between 10:00 and 10:30 am.

For the sanctuary service: Please enter at the normal location at the front of the church. We invite you to arrive between 9:45 and 10:30 am. The ushers will greet you at the door and will direct you to a seat. Please know that we may be asking people to wait outside, so we can avoid a build-up of people in the lobby and aisles.


In the sanctuary, we have blocked off seats and will be ensuring a space between each household in the pews. Ushers will be directing you to seats so that we can ensure both that everyone is distanced and we can maximize the use of space to accommodate everyone. We will only be able to seat a household when all members are present. Arranging seating has been a challenge and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

The seats in the tent will be set in small groups of various sizes to accommodate families of different sizes and to ensure space between families. Ushers will help you find seats and help move chairs as needed. To the extent you need to move chairs, we ask that you be respectful of those around you and maintain distance between households.

Remain seated. Once you have been seated, please remain seated, to the extent possible, to help minimize close contact with others.


Of course, restrooms are available. For those outdoors, you will have easy access to the restrooms near the church office and can enter on the side of the building. Members inside the church may use the restrooms below the sanctuary or in the side hallway, near the Great Hall. Ushers will direct you to the restrooms.


Lastly, in the event that you are diagnosed with COVID following a High Holy Day service, we ask you to report the diagnosis to a Temple Micah staff person or officer, and/or report it by email to covidreporting@templemicah.org.

We will keep the details disclosed private. We will, however, notify those in attendance at the service that a member has been diagnosed, and we will work privately with the person to notify those who may have been in close physical contact with that person, to the extent possible, so they can be tested and quarantined according to the CDC guidelines.