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Want to Be One of the Few People in the CAI Sanctuary? 

From the CAI Ritual Committee

If you are interested in being one of 15 people to attend, in the Sanctuary with Cantor Caplan, each of the five most-attended services over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, please read carefully.

Those five services are:  
              Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Saturday, September 19, 7:30 am - 12 noon
              Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Sunday, September 20, 7:30 am - 11:30 am
              Kol Nidre Night: Sunday, September 27, 5:55 pm - 8:05 pm
              Yom Kippur morning: Monday, September 28, 8:30 am - 1:15 pm
              Yom Kippur Mincha/Neilah: Monday, September 28, 5:05 pm - 7:28 Ppm              

Each of those services will be shortened somewhat this year, to lessen the health risk for those in the Sanctuary. Cantor Caplan will be leading Musaf, Kol Nidre and Neilah, while other CAI members will be leading other parts of the service — including Shacharit, Torah Reading, and Haftara — from their homes, over Zoom.   

Zoom daveners will be able to see and hear leaders from the Sanctuary, and Sanctuary daveners will be able to see and hear leaders on Zoom.  

Decisions about the logistics of these services are being made by CAI’s Re-Opening Task Force, headed by our president, Gayle Wieseneck. 

Decisions about who exactly the fifteen people will be for each service are being made by the CAI Ritual Committee.  We currently plan to use the following guidelines, among others: 

  • • If only 15 people are interested, those 15 will come to all five Sanctuary services. 

    • If 15-75 people are interested, the Ritual Committee will assign them to a service —15 at each service — taking family groupings and services preferences into account, the best they can. But you might be assigned to a service that’s not your first preference. 

  • • If more than 75 people are interested, the Ritual Committee will assign them to a service as above, but also using a lottery.

  • The Requirements: 

  • This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in our services. However, those interested, keep in mind the following: 

  • • You must be healthy — this includes overall health as well as being asymptomatic of any COVID-19 symptoms. Please, if you’re at added risk for COVID-19 for any reason — health, age, whatever — take care of yourself and join us on Zoom, but not in the Sanctuary. 

  • • A face mask must be worn, covering both your mouth and nose, through the entire service, as well as in any other part of the building including the rest rooms.   

  • • Please use hand sanitizer upon arrival. 

  • • You commit to staying for the entire service, as we will depend on your attendance to form a minyan.  

  • • Daveners will be seated throughout the Sanctuary, and perhaps even part of the Social Hall. To minimize risk, seating will only be in marked spots that will be more than six feet apart. Cantor Caplan will be 25 feet away from anyone else. 

  • • Abide by all posted signage about physical distancing. 

  • • No children under Bar/Bat Mitzvah age. 

  • • Plan to bring your own mask, kipah, Machzor, and Tallit.   And water, on Rosh Hashanah. 

  • • By attending services in the sanctuary you acknowledge that you are not suspected of having or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 30 days; that no one in your home is suspected to have or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 30 days; that in the last 14 days, you have not come into contact with anyone suspected to have or diagnosed with COVID-19 or who has recently traveled abroad; and that you are not currently experiencing any of the following: cough, sore throat, fever, body aches, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea.   

  • • CAI will not adopt any practices less restrictive than the Phases of the State of New Jersey and Essex County and may be more restrictive, based on the conditions we believe to be in the best interest of the health of our community.  

    For more information please contact Michelle Shandler, Ritual Committee, 

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September 18,2020 /  29 Elul 5780