In collaboration the Wandering Jews of Astoria and Queens Jewish Project. Funded by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York and sponsored by Kehilat Tikvah.
Image credit: Christopher Blosser
Note: As of August 19th, we've reached capacity for in-person attendance for indoor services and the children's program. There are still some spaces left for our outdoor Taschlich/Shofar service and there's room for everyone on Zoom. You must register to get the Zoom link. (And if you missed the chance to sign up to join us on site, there's space on the registration form to indicate that you'd like to be on the waiting list.)
This verse from the Psalms, which we chose as the theme for this year’s High Holy Days, invites us to grieve, to feel in our bodies the loss, the pain, and the injustices of this past year. It promises that all of the seeds of suffering we have experienced and witnessed can transform into songs of joy for ourselves and our world. The big space between the two parts of the verse is there on purpose. It represents “shmitta,” the every-seventh year of rest that we are called upon to take for our earth in an agricultural sense, but also for our bodies, our minds, our souls. This coming Jewish year of 5782 is a “shmitta,” or “sabbatical” year – a year to reflect, to rest, to feel, to allow the seeds that the pandemic has planted to germinate and grow into a new world of joy, equity, and health.
This Year is Different
In this extraordinary year, we're moving to a multi-access format for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our main services will be in person with limited capacity at St. Mark's Church in Jackson Heights and be simultaneously streamed on Zoom. A few offerings, like our shofar and taschlich service in Gantry Park, and study and discussion session on Yom Kippur afternoon will be in-person only. We'll have in-person childcare in an open air tent in St. Mark's garden on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings. And we're reprising last year's non traditional, Zoom only gathering for Erev Rosh Hashanah.
This means that some things are different and a little more complicated:
Capacity is limited. In order to ensure that as many people as possible are able to be with us in person, please only register for sessions you plan to attend. When you register for an in person service, we'll also send you all the Zoom links.
The registration form is extra long this year. It's important for us to collect all of this information so that we can manage capacity limits. We appreciate your patience in filling it all out! (It may be easier on a computer than on the phone.)
We're requiring masks for all attendees both indoors and outdoors.
We're requiring proof of vaccination for adults and proof of a negative test for children.
We're not allowing children in the sanctuary.
Scroll down for more details on our Covid safety protocols
Rabbi Goldenberg will lead us in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer, song and study, along with Music Director Kris Wettstein, Rabbinic Intern Emily Herzlin and many collaborators and co creators. All services are multi-access (in person at St. Marks Church and livestreamed on Zoom) unless otherwise noted:
Monday September 6th
Tuesday September 7th
Wednesday September 8th
Wednesday September 15
Thursday September 16
Masks are required for all attendees at all times both indoors in the sanctuary and outdoors on the grounds of St. Marks.. We're requiring proof of vaccination for everyone attending services in the sanctuary. We'll accept CDC cards, the New York State Excelsior Pass or the NYC pass.
For anyone over the age of 12, we're requiring proof of vaccination. We will accept the CDC vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass. After you register, we'll send you a link where you can upload a copy of any of these documents. Alternatively, you can bring your physical CDC card or have the NYS or NYC app on your phone with you when you check in.
For anyone 11 and under, we're requiring proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours or proof of a negative rapid test within 24 hours of attending. These will be checked on-site.
The vaccine requirement means that we've made the very difficult decision to not allow children under the age of 12 into the sanctuary at any time. Children from 3-7 can attend our outdoor children's programming with wraparound childcare on Rosh Hashanah Morning and Yom Kippur morning and children of all ages can attend the Taschlich and Shofar service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.
If you test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days after attending in person, we ask that you let us know by emailing MalkhutHHDs@gmail.com so that we can allow other attendees to get tested.
By registering, you are promising that you will not attend this event if you have any of the following symptoms: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. You will also not attend if you have been diagnosed with covid-19 in the last 10 days; and unvaccinated children in your household will not attend if they have recently travelled to an area with high levels of covid-19 spread, been in close contact with someone who recently travelled to an area with high levels of covid-19 spread, or been in close contact with someone testing positive for covid-19. Additionally, you affirm that you will follow directions from Malkhut staff and designated volunteers regarding masking, physical distancing, and other COVID mitigation procedures.
Live transcription will be available for all Zoom services. An accessible bathroom will be available for evening services. (At other times, we only have access to restrooms down a flight of stairs.) Please contact us if you need any other accommodations.
Please contact us at MalkhutHHDs@gmail. with any questions.
Malkhut is building a progressive, creative, collaborative, heart-centered Jewish spiritual community in Western Queens. Our High Holy Days are supported by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.
Queens Jewish Project produces young adult Jewish life programs in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Woodside, Corona, and beyond.
The Wandering Jews of Astoria is a pluralistic group of Jewish minded individuals set on bringing Jews together in and around Astoria, Queens. Our programming is intended for people in their 20s-40s. Each month we have a peer-led Shabbat service and potluck at a member's home, and we also have other events, such as Happy Hour, Book Club, Trivia, and Movie Nights.
Kehillat Tikvah: A Jewish Community of Hope is a congregation of individuals and families who seek to learn, explore, and sustain the teachings and practices of egalitarian Judaism, and to nurture a vibrant Jewish community here in Jackson Heights
Note: As of August 19th, we've reached capacity for in-person attendance in Jackson Heights, but there's still space available for the Taschhich service and room for everyone on Zoom. You must register to get the Zoom link. (And if you missed the chance to sign up to join us on site, there's space on the registration form to indicate that you'd like to be on the waiting list.)
When you register for ANY in person session, we will also send you ALL of the Zoom links.
Capacity is limited. Please only register for sessions you will attend.
Adults will be asked to provide proof of vaccination to attend any in-person services at St. Marks. Children will need to provide proof of a negative test to attend the children's program on Rosh Hashanah morning and Yom Kippur morning. Everyone must be masked in the sanctuary and on the grounds of St. Mark's. (We'll send you more details about how to do all of this after your sign up.) Children 11 and under will not be allowed inside the sanctuary during services this year. On Rosh Hashanah morning and Yom Kippur morning, our children's program will provide childcare for kids 3-7 during the adult service. Children of all ages can attend the Tashlich service and do not need to bring proof of a negative test for that.
This is a very long form and may be easier to fill out on a computer than on the phone. For in person seats, you will need to enter the name of each person in your group for every service they are attending.
We know that it's a pain-in-the-tuchas to fill out this entire form. We need all of this information to get your tuchas in a seat. Thank you for understanding!
You should receive an email confirmation within about half an hour. This confirmation will list the services you've registered for. It will also give more details about providing proof of vaccination or test results for those attending in person.
Before each service, we will email the Zoom link to everyone who's registered.
Questions? Email us at MalkhutHHDs@gmail.com