A High Holiday Message From Our Clergy

September, 2020

Dear Friends, This has been, and continues to be, one of the most difficult years that our synagogues and Jewish communities have faced in recent years. However, our people have always persevered and this time will be no different. The High Hoty Days will begin in a few short weeks and although we will be forced to celebrate them differently than we have in the past, we will celebrate them none the less. We would briefly like to share our plans for the upcoming holidays.

Congregation Beth Israel of the Palisades and Gesher Shalom/The JCC of Fort Lee will come together to celebrate Rosh Hashanah on Friday September 18th with a brief, but festive evening service led by Cantor Paul Zim. On Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th our clergy, led by Rabbis Stern and Wasser, will lead traditional but shortened, services. All of these services will be presented via live-stream over the Internet and also by phone for those without Internet access.

As has been the custom of the JCC, there will also be a contemporary, pre-recorded instrumental Rosh Hashanah service with Rabbi Jay from Los Angeles on Saturday, September 19th.

We are exploring plans for a public shofar blowing and Tashlich service on Sunday, September 20th and will share those plans at a later date,

Yom Kippur services will begin with Kol Nidre on the evening of September 27th and continue during the day on September 28th. These services will be presented in similar formats as those on Rosh Hashanah.

As we enter a New Year that is "different," this pandemic will not change our sense of community, our commitment to prayer, study, music, and spiritual growth or our joy in being together. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our communities and are following the guidelines and recommendations of the scientific experts.

We are grateful for the support of our many members and friends throughout the year and look forward to you joining us as we usher in 5781.

Wishing you health, happiness, peace and joy and a sweet New Year!


Rabbi Ken Stern, Rabbi Eric Wasser, and Cantor Paul Zim