Virtual Service Schedule:

6:15 PM on Friday, September 18th for Erev Rosh Hashanah
9:00 AM on Saturday, September 19th for Rosh Hashanah 1st Day
11:30 AM on Saturday, September 19th for Family Services, CLICK HERE TO WATCH FAMILY SERVICES
9:00 AM Sunday, September 20th for Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day
11:15 AM on Sunday, September 20th for Family Services, CLICK HERE TO WATCH FAMILY SERVICES
7:00 PM Sunday, September 27th for Kol Nidre
9:00 AM Monday, September 28th for Yom Kippur
6:30 PM  Monday, September 28th for Yizkor, Mincha, and Neilah services

Each service will run 2 hours from start to finish, including recognizable faces, familiar tunes, and trusted traditions, as well as some exciting changes.

This video stream of our High Holiday services will be password protected with unique login credentials for every household. The only exception will be for college students of members who, upon request, will also receive a password for login. Students must use their .EDU email address for access.









Services will be limited to 120 people (or the maximum allowed by law) and will be held in our courtyard under the tent. We will ask all who wish to attend to register in advance. Temperatures will be checked upon arrival and confirmation of attendance verified for proper contact tracing. Should the demand exceed our capacity, we will offer additional services on the same day.  Each of the services will be identical and the same as the streamed service.

While on campus, all worshipers must wear proper face masks covering their nose and mouth at all times. Entering the building will only be allowed for restroom usage. In an effort to cut down on the traffic at the outdoor bima, honors will not be distributed to congregants this year.

To accommodate all who desire to be part of an in-person Yizkor service, we are dividing our membership into five sections and all will be assigned to attend one of the five open dates. If the assigned date is a challenge for you, please call the Temple office (201.750.9997) and we will accommodate your needs as best as possible. Also, if you decide not to attend the in-person Yizkor service please advise us as well, (, so that we can prepare accordingly. The assigned dates are as follows:

Monday, September 21st
Tuesday, September 22nd

Wednesday, September 23rd

Thursday, September 2

Sunday, September 27th


On Kol Nidre Eve, September 27th, from 12:00-2:00 PM, Rabbi Kirshner and Rabbi Fineberg will be at Cedar Park Cemetery to offer prayers of memory over your loved ones’ graves. We will first be at the Temple section, then we are prepared to go anywhere in the cemetery to offer memorial prayers over the graves of your loved ones at Cedar Park/Beth El Cemetery.


Each member in good standing will receive an email with unique login information and a password for their username only. Each login will work on only one IP address.

Usually, Temple Emanu-El offers High Holiday tickets to members and their families who celebrate the holidays with them and who live outside of our catchment area. This year, we are offering the same opportunity to the family of Temple members (e.g., adult children who live on their own in a different household or a member’s parents who live in another state) to purchase HH tickets at the cost of $180 per household and device.

Additionally, in an effort to recoup some lost revenue due to the pandemic and share our services and holy community with the global Jewish world, Temple Emanu-El is selling tickets to the virtual High Holiday program. These tickets are for people outside of Bergen County and are ONLY offered to the unaffiliated or in addition to membership at another synagogue. We do not intend to poach any members from ANY community and do not want to undermine the value of membership to our local community. This registration process will be monitored closely.

These High Holiday ticket packages will be sold for $360.

They will include our 7 services (Erev RH Day I; RH Day I; Erev RH Day II;  RH Day II; Kol Nidre; Yom Kippur; Mincha, Yizkor, and Neilah, along with all of our youth services). If you have family and friends who are not local and who would like to worship with you and us this year, please share this link.




This is a unique time in the 92-year history of our congregation. Like moments of challenge before these, we plan to rise to the occasion and reach you, whether in your home or in person, with spirit and energy and moments of connection. We have spent significant resources and hours of brainpower to work within our limits and to maximize the opportunities that are presented to us. These offerings are the result of the empirical and anecdotal information we have collected over the summer and following the best practices of other places of worship. All of what we offer are within the standards of the CDC and our state health and safety guidelines. While far from perfect for any of us, it is shared with deep respect and in an effort to reach you, wherever you are, these High Holidays.

Judaism teaches that our health is paramount. If you are in a risk category (over 60 years of age, immunocompromised, or just concerned about interaction with others) we STRONGLY encourage you to worship with us via Livestream this year.

As always, if you need support, points of clarification, or have a question, we are here and ready and able to help. Call the Temple office 201.750.9997 or email us at or or

We want to wish you a 5781 brimming with health and hope. We look forward to worshiping with you during these High Holidays.