drop in and say Shanah Tovah
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Rosh Hashanah Day 2
I don't have a Machzor/prayer book, how can I join in?
We will be using the regular High Holy Day Machzor throughout and we are delighted to be able to make versions of the liturgy available to you online to access wherever you are. In addition, if you do not have a book and would like to borrow one, they will be available to pick up outside Rubens House on 13th September at our “drop by to say hi & Shanah tovah” event. See your weekly email for more information and timings.
Do I have to be seen on camera?
No. On zoom you can switch your camera off, but your name will still appear if you have named your zoom profile. However, if you want a little more anonymity you can watch on Facebook live or via the streaming page of our synagogue website
Should I wear a kippah or tallit?
This is entirely your choice. It is customary to wear tallit for all morning services as well as Kol Nidre, which is the only evening service when we also traditionally wear a tallit. If you have a kippah and tallit and would like to wear one during services, it may help you get into the mood.
What about standing up and sitting down when at home for services?
This is completely your choice; you will see even our service leaders make different choices. Do whatever feels right for you.
Is it going to feel strange being online rather than in synagogue?
Sadly, it might, but everyone will be experiencing this as unusual so we will hopefully share and work through our discomfort together. Members of FRS have been surprised by the power of zoom to connect us together as a community, and we have learnt a lot during the past few months about how to make the experience feel more personal and present.
I have heard some synagogue buildings are open for services, why is FRS not?
We, like most Reform Synagogues have made choices based on keeping our community safe and keeping us together, even if that togetherness needs to be virtual for the time being. There are a number of in-person experiences throughout the High Holy Day period, but at times when we all gather as one we will be online.
Do I need a ticket?
We will be sending out tickets to our members as a way of collating all the necessary information in one place for you, but you will not need this ticket to access any High Holy Day services or events. All “in person” aspects of the High Holy Day need pre booking, after which you will receive a confirmation of your booking which will act as a ticket.
Can non-members come along / log on?
Non-members can apply for a ticket via the Synagogue office as in previous years so that they have all the information, but this year there will be no charge so feel free to log on and enjoy the services with us.
Once I’m at an online service is it rude to leave?
Everyone should do what works for them, but we understand that we all need a screen break from time to time.
What is Zoom bombing and will I be safe?
Zoom bombing is the virtual equivalent of gate-crashing, but that’s why we use passwords, which protect us. As an extra precaution, the password for the High Holydays will be different from the one used throughout the year.
Do I need to pay?
High Holy Day tickets are covered by the cost of membership, and non-members will not be charged this year but if they would like to make a donation, we would be very grateful. Please contact the synagogue office for more information.
I won't be able to attend a service when it is live, or will miss something due to being at an in-person experience, can I watch later?
Our services will remain on facebook if you want to watch them later you can visit our facebook page
Can I access the services without a computer?
Yes. You can dial in from a telephone or you can contact the technical help team through the synagogue office for advice.
Is there a helpline if I haven’t used Zoom before?
Yes, you can contact the technical help team through the synagogue office or by sending an email to FRSITsupport@frsonline.org
What time does the fast begin and end on Yom Kippur?
It starts at 6.33 pm on September 27th and ends at 7.32 pm on September 28th
Will there be anything happening that we can attend in person?
Yes. You will be able to meet up in local groups for Tashlich during the afternoon of 2nd day Rosh Hashanah on Sunday 20th September, and you can also pre-book a space at our drive-in services.
Can others hear me singing?
All participants will be muted throughout the services, but we would love everyone to join in. Sing as loud as you like, we can’t hear you but we can see you if your camera is on and feel the community praying together!
Where is the Zoom information?
Zoom meeting details have been printed in your paper tickets that have been sent to all members. They will also be contained in our weekly emails. For security reasons the links on this website will go live nearer the time.
Who is leading the services?
Our services are led by our clergy team, musicians and choir and a number of lay leaders. The initials of the clergy leading the service are contained within the daily schedules.