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The countdown towards 5781 has begun, and as we prepare for these High Holy Days, we recognize that this holiday season is going to look and feel very different from all others. While we cannot replicate the familiar experience of celebrating and observing the holiday in the physical presence of our family and friends, we are excited, committed, and determined to provide a new holiday experience that will be truly meaningful and spiritually fulfilling.

This year is also significant because it is the last High Holy Day services that our beloved, Rabbi Silverstein will co-lead as CAI’s Senior Rabbi, after more than 40 years on the bimah. This is a tremendous milestone in his rabbinate and in the history of our congregational community.

All our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will be presented via the ZOOM webinar and ZOOM meeting platforms. A limited number of people (15) will be in the sanctuary with Cantor Caplan for each service while following required safety precautions. A lottery system may be utilized to give all those interested at least one opportunity to participate in an in-person service.  


FORM TO ACCESS ONLINE SERVICES (Please read section below.)


(Please read carefully.)

The process for “attending” CAI High Holy Day services this year will be similiar to our traditional policies and procedures.

  • • In order to access our virtual High Holy Day Services, YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE TICKET FORM and either remit 50% of your dues, have a payment plan established or have made other financial arrangements with our staff. Once you submit the form and have met your financial obligations, the access information will be visible to you when you log into your CAI account on our website on September 15

    If you have any questions or concerns about your financial obligations to the synagogue, please contact Director of Synagogue Administration, Meryl Natter, at The synagogue staff is happy to work with you to make the appropriate arrangements before the High Holy Days.

  • • Please be aware that for the webpage with the service links to be visible you must be logged in to your account.  Click here for instructions on logging in to your account

  • • For our planning and security purposes, households that may be using more than one computer will need to supply one unique email address for each computer that you intend to use.

  • • There will be different links for the various services, and you may log into any or all of them each day. One of the benefits of our online holiday experience is the opportunity to participate in a service you may have been curious about, but never were able to attend. We encourage you to explore our varied offerings. On the Ticket Form, be sure to check off all services you may be interested in attending to assist us in our planning. 

  • • As a special accommodation this year, CAI will provide extra tickets for adult children and extended family of our members at no charge. In these challenging times, when loved ones cannot be together, we appreciate the value of a shared experience. In lieu of charging $125 per additional ticket, we are asking members who will have guests to consider a donation so we can provide access at no additional cost. Thank you, in advance, for support and partnership in creating a CAI home in our own homes. Additionally, CAI‘s policy has always been to provide reciprocal tickets to members of your family who belong to other synagogues. Out of respect and concern for the wider Jewish community, we strongly encourage them to continue their support of their home synagogue while we warmly welcome them to CAI’s services.

In these days when we are all experiencing a “new normal,” we look forward to sharing the holidays together in this new way. We are working hard to create a seamless experience, but just in case there is a hiccup or two, we ask for your patience and understanding.

We can all be proud of our CAI community for its collective resilience, commitment to our synagogue, and support of each other.

Wishing you a sweet and healthy new year and may we soon be together again.

L’Shanah tova.

September 18,2020 /  29 Elul 5780