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Dear Fellow Congregant,

The High Holidays are fast approaching; they are “early” this year. Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown on September 6th, Labor Day. In order to accommodate all of our congregants’ needs for High Holiday seats and provide tickets for them, we must know before August 10th which location you would like to attend.

CBO will be holding services at both our Bellmore and Merrick locations.  Cantor Harlap will be joining our clergy, Rabbi Bernstein and Cantor Diamond, for the High Holidays. Our Intergenerational service will be on the second day of Rosh Hashanah in Merrick.

CBO hopes to make the holidays meaningful for everyone. If you do not want to attend services in person you can watch the livestream.  We are upgrading our livestream equipment to enhance the video service experience. All services from Bellmore will be livestreamed to our website, YouTube and Facebook.

There are different COVID-19 protocols being observed in both buildings.  Please read carefully before making your decision which service to attend. You have the option of attending services in either location.

Both locations and all services will be following these COVID-19 rules:

  • EVERYONE, including children, must have their own ticket to attend any of the services.
  • If you are vaccinated for COVID-19, masks are optional.
  • If you are not vaccinated for COVID-19, masks and social distancing are mandatory.

There is reserved seating on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at both facilities.  There will be open seating with a socially distant section on the second day of Rosh Hashanah in Bellmore. The intergenerational service in Merrick on the second day will also be open seating. There will be open seating with a socially distance section for Kol Nidre in Bellmore only.  There will not be a Kol Nidre Service in Merrick.  

Covid-19 rules for Reserved Seating (First Day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)

Bellmore – Vaccination is required for everyone over the age of 12. There is no social distancing section.  Everyone over the age of twelve will need to provide proof of vaccination before tickets are issued.

  • Everyone must have an individual seat. This includes children.  Extra tickets are $100 per seat in Bellmore.
  • Children under 12 must have their own seat, must sit with their family, and must wear masks.
  • Junior Congregation will be available as needed.

Merrick - will be in a totally social distant configuration between family pods.  

  • Everyone, including children, must have an individual seat. Tickets for children and teenagers are available at no cost in Merrick. Additional tickets for adult family members are $50 each.
  • We encourage the use of masks by children under 12.  Due to social distancing, the family may have children remove their masks only while in their seats  
  • Age appropriate Junior Congregation Services will be held.

On the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah there will be open seating in both locations.  First day tickets may be used in either location on the second day.

  • The Intergenerational service has been extremely popular. It will be held at Merrick on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.  You can use your First Day tickets from either location for admittance, as well as get extra tickets for extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc) without charge.  The service will be in a socially distance configuration and there will be open seating. The service will be led by Rabbi Bernstein and Cantor Diamond.
  • Bellmore – Open seating with a socially distance section. The service will be led by
    Cantor Harlap.  First day tickets from either location can be used for admittance.

Kol Nidre service will be only in Bellmore. There will be open seating and a socially distance section.  The service will be led by Rabbi Bernstein, Cantor Diamond and Cantor Harlap.

Yom Kippur services follow the same policies as the first day of Rosh Hashanah.  There will be reserved seating in both Bellmore and Merrick.

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