2021 High Holiday Information and Registration


Please Note Changes to service locations and masking requirements:
Due to an abundance of caution regarding Covid-19, all services will be either outside or on Zoom and YouTube Live. There will be no indoor services.

All Congregants and guests are welcome to attend services that were to be held inside via Zoom or YouTube Live.
Pre-registration for Zoom services is requiredScroll down for registration links for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

  • If Zoom does not work for you, you may participate in services by watching YouTube Live. Note, there may be a short delay in start times when watching on YouTube.
  • Scroll down for Machzor (Prayerbook) Pickup information


Here is the link for Temple Emanu-El YouTube page. Copy and paste it into your browser.
A few minutes after the service starts it should show up on the YouTube Page. If the live stream is not showing up, refresh or reload the page. Or… click this link again!



For Outdoor Services all non-vaccinated adults and children are required to wear masks; all vaccinated adults and children are encouraged to wear masks.

  • All Adults including families with young children are encouraged to attend all outdoor services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.


Community Selichot Program is on Saturday, August 28, 7:30 P.M:
Communal prayers for divine forgiveness, said during the High Holiday season. Drawing from biblical verses and rabbinic teachings, they are a soul-stirring introduction to the Days of Awe.

Registration link for Selichot:

Cemetery Visit
Rabbi Marc Ekstrand and Cantorial Soloist Sherry Barnes will be social distancing with masks at the Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery #3 & #4 on Middle Rd. in Preston on Sunday, August 29, from 11:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M.

Machzor (Prayerbook) PICKUP, Thursday, September 2

  • Drive through at Temple Emanu-El (don’t get out of your car)
  • Rabbi Marc and Cantorial Soloist Sherry will greet you with a set of High Holiday Machzorim.

Pick which time works for you:
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. or

6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

  • Return Payer books by driving though on Sept. 23, same time schedule as pick up.


A donation of $75 per Guest is suggested.



Registration links for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur:

Rosh Hashanah
Monday, Sept. 6
Erev Rosh Hashanah Service – 8 pm on Zoom and YouTube Live ONLY


Tuesday, Sept. 7
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service – 10 am on Zoom and YouTube Live ONLY


Tuesday, Sept. 7
Rosh Hashanah Family Service – 4:30 pm, outside at Hole in the Wall Beach, 4 Baptist Lane, Niantic


Tuesday, Sept. 7
Tashlich and Havdalah
, directly following family service, about 5:15 P.M.,
outside at Hole in the Wall, 4 Baptist Lane, Niantic
Symbolically cast off your sins at your favorite body of water in person or while on Zoom. Bring your own bread crumbs, shofar, Havdalah candle, spices, and wine/juice


Yom Kippur
Wednesday, Sept. 15
Erev Yom Kippur / Kol Nidrei Service – 8 PM on Zoom and YouTube Live ONLY


Thursday, Sept. 16 – 10 AM
Yom Kippur Morning Service including Yizkor Service – 10 am on Zoom and YouTube Live ONLY


Thursday, Sept. 16
Afternoon Discussion Group – directly after the Yizkor service (
Facilitated by Andrew Feinstein)

This year’s Yom Kippur discussion will focus on the relationship between American Reform Jews and Israel. Is Israel an essential part of American Reform Judaism? Should our support of Israel be conditional on Israel acting in accord with our values? Should we expect higher ethical standards from the government of Israel than we expect from the Government of the United States? Is the unconditional support of the Jewish establishment for Israel eroding commitment to Judaism by young people?



Thursday, Sept. 16
Yom Kippur Afternoon Service/Family Services – 5:00 PM outside at McCook Point Park Band Shell, 
8-10 Atlantic St. Niantic
Yom Kippur Neilah directly following Family Service – 6:00 PM outside at McCook Point Park Band Shell, 8-10 Atlantic St. Niantic
Havdalah outside at McCook Point Park Band Shell




Sukkot Evening Service on zoom, Monday, Sept. 20, 7:30 P.M.

Sukkot Morning Service on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 10:00 A.M. We will enjoy an outdoor Sukkot worship.


Simchat Torah Community Celebration

Monday Evening, September 27, 5:30 – 7:00 P.M., in person (outdoors) at Beth Jacob,  400 New London Turnpike, Norwich 06360.
We will celebrate together, with the liberal synagogues of Eastern Connecticut.  Torah reading of the end of Deuteronomy, hakafot and music. This event will also be on Zoom! Please use the link below.

Community Shmini Atzeret/Yizkor Service on Tuesday morning, September 28, 10:00 A.M.
Join us on Zoom for joint community services including Yizkor (Memorial Services), reading of the end of Deuteronomy and the beginning of Genesis. Please use the  link below.

Please use the link below (same link for Monday and Tuesday morning) if you would like to watch the event streaming on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 894 7199 6777; Passcode: Sukkot



NOTE: Times and location of services may change due to weather or public health considerations.
Please watch for e-mails or check this site for changes.