July 27, 2020

After careful consideration, the Preservation Society Board has decided that our High Holiday services will be held remotely this fall. In light of the current circumstances, we will take this unique opportunity to have a meaningful, albeit different, experience.

While the specifics of our holiday observances are still being shaped, we are excited about the creative possibilities and energy this situation presents. We will likely use recorded and live-streamed elements including singing and reflection.  Our ritual committee is hard at work preparing the observance. It promises to be a fresh, progressive and meaningful connection to a rich tradition.

We did not arrive at this decision lightly. We are guided by the CDC and the State of Connecticut as well as the Rabbinical Assembly.

We will miss being together in the same room in our historic and beloved Temple and the casual interactions which make this annual reunion of our community so special.  At the same time, we are excited by the opportunity to try something new. Traditions begin somehow—perhaps we will discover something that will become a memorable feature of future holiday observances.

Throughout our long history as a people, our ability to adapt to adverse circumstances while holding on to what is most important, accounts for our enduring vitality and relevance. We will do this in a sensitive and caring way – together.

May this year’s High Holidays be meaningful for everyone.  With wishes for health and strength – zeit gezunt un shtark! Stay healthy and strong!

The Board