PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN — As Jews across New York and the country prepare to celebrate High Holidays beginning this weekend, they will do so much differently because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The UJA Federation of New York, which characterizes itself as “New York’s Jewish philanthropic go-to”, has compiled its annual High Holiday event guide, which includes more than 100 virtual and select in-person Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services throughout New York City and surrounding areas, including all denominations, the organization announced Wednesday.
“This year, after months of isolation, it is especially meaningful to observe the High Holidays and practice our rituals with full community,” Nadine Kochavi, director of synagogue strategy, community resources at UJA, said in a news release. "We are in awe of our Jewish institutions throughout the region that have demonstrated such ingenuity and innovative planning to create ways to bring the community together at our most sacred time of year.”
According to Kochavi, more than 40 synagogues will have either virtual or in-person services over the weekend. In addition, the organization’s Shofar Across Brooklyn will feature more than 30 outdoor locations where synagogues and other Jewish organizations will sound the shofar, or ram's horn, that will commemorate the Jewish holiday . Similar shofar sounding events in New York City can be found here.
The events will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday and will be held at the following Park Slope locations:
CBE and Union Temple, Grand Army Plaza
Park Slope Jewish Center, 5th Ave. and 1st St.
Park Slope Jewish Center, 209 Lincoln Place
Shir HaMaalot, 411 6th St.
Park Slope Jewish Center, 462 8th St.