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Dear Parents,

We are excited to be able to offer a fun, meaningful, and safe slate of Camp Shana Tova programming during High Holiday services this year. Camp Shana Tova offerings will look a bit different from previous years, due to health and safety concerns, as well as limitations on program space and staff. 

By offering slots of indoor and outdoor programming, we hope to provide meaningful opportunities for as many children as possible to engage in age appropriate tefillah, fun, and learning over the High Holidays this year. We also hope this programming supports your ability to have a meaningful tefillah experience in shul.

For children aged 3 through 5th grade, we will be offering rotational programming from 10 AM - 1 PM on both mornings of Rosh Hashanah, on Kol Nidrei night from 6:15 - 8:15 PM, and on Yom Kippur Day from 10 AM - 3 PM. Kids will experience youth services with shofar, High Holiday-themed gym and yoga experiences, and High Holiday learning and activities. All campers will be required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times when indoors. Snacks and lunch will be served outdoors; there will be no eating or drinking allowed indoors.

For Kol Nidre, the Na'areinu program (3rd-5th graders) will begin at 6:45 PM to allow children to attend the haunting beginnings of the Kol Nidre service with their parents. Na'areinu children should then be escorted over to the JCC where we will check them in quickly. 

Each day’s schedule will consist of a combination of indoor and outdoor programming, in ASBI and JCC spaces. We understand that each family has their own levels of comfort with in-person programming. When you register your child(ren), you will have the choice to register them for the full program which will run throughout the main tefillah services, or for outdoor programming slots only. Unfortunately, we do not have the space or staffing to provide a completely separate track consisting of only outdoor programming. For the time in-between indoor programs, parents who choose the outdoors-only track should plan to pick up their child(ren), and can bring them into tefillah in shul or another alternative until the next outdoor programming slot. Please take note of the session times when registering.   

As wonderful and fun as our Camp Shana Tova programming is, there is no better way for children to learn about shul on these special days than by being in shul with their parents. Therefore, we invite parents to plan in advance to bring their children into services with them for special moments throughout all of the High Holidays. If you have a favorite part of Tefillah, share it with your child by picking them up before and returning them afterwards. This will happen most successfully if you make a plan with your child and familiarize yourself with the schedule of Camp Shana Tova, which will be made available to you in advance.

There will be at least one counselor with the campers at all times and there will be a second specialist running each rotation. Our staff this year consists of experienced synagogue and JCC educators, in addition to some of our regular Tefillah staff and community educators.

We ask that each family spending their holiday here with our community volunteer for at least one shift over the course of the holidays. This participation is a wonderful way to spend time with our children over the holidays and also keeps the costs down for everyone. Please sign up in the chart below for the times you are willing to volunteer (scroll down to see all of the options). All program materials will be provided. 

This programming is greatly subsidized by the shul. We will be asking for $36 per child per holiday (so, $36 for Rosh Hashanah and $36 for Yom Kippur) for those participating in the full program, and $12 per child per holiday for each child participating in the outdoor programming only. If this is a financial hardship, please let me know so we can work out alternative arrangements. 

In case of moderate to heavy rain, outdoor programming will not be held. Indoor programming will still be held.

There will be Backyard Tot Rosh Hashanah and Tot Yom Kippur locations for children ages 0-2 at 10:30 AM on each morning of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, with a separate sign up (free of charge - stay tuned for registration). 

Rabbanit Goldie Guy



To register for the complete Camp Shana Tova program (with both indoor and outdoor programming), please CLICK HERE.

To register for OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING ONLY (with a more limited schedule), please CLICK HERE.



CLICK HERE to go to the volunteer Google Doc directly.













Sat, September 18 2021 12 Tishrei 5782