In less than two weeks, the High Holidays will arrive in the midst of this unprecedented pandemic. While it may be a challenge to engage worshippers, it’s not impossible. This past month, clergy across Judaism’s denominations shared their thoughts on recreating a High Holiday experience without people in the pews.
All were confident about conveying the importance of repentance and beginning anew during a pandemic. And all agreed that worship would look different. The shofar, for example, will be heard in new, socially distanced ways. Some shofar-blowers are placing a mask at the end of the ram’s horn to comply with guidelines on containing the spread of the coronavirus. Many congregations will use technology to live-stream services. And other more traditional synagogues will socially distance and break into smaller groups to pray safely.