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Through the end of April, all services will be live-streamed through various platforms. Please see our COVID-19 page for more details.

High Holy Days

Ticket informatIon

We welcome all members and guests into the Temple Beth-El family for our High Holy Days 5781/2020! We are a Reform Jewish Community that welcomes Jewish and multifaith households, and we look forward to this time each year when we reflect and celebrate together as we experience an uplifting and joyful sense of belonging. 

While a complimentary ticket for our High Holy Days experience is required, the safety and security of our guests is our highest priority. We want to share this incredible time of year together but understand the reality that in the event of an emergency, we need to be able to notify the authorities of who and how many people we have on the property. We appreciate your understanding and will have trained volunteers to make sure the entry process is as efficient and convenient as possible. 
 

Main High Holy Days Services
A ticket for our High Holy Days experience are complimentary but required. The calendar above designates the services for which tickets may be needed. You will need to bring the corresponding ticket (on your smart phone or printed) to be scanned at the door. We appreciate your understanding and will have trained volunteers to make sure the entry process is as efficient and convenient as possible. Tickets are per person and on a first-come-first-seated basis. Space is limited and tickets will be released at a later date. If you are unable to reserve your tickets online once they are released for any reason, call the Temple Beth-El office at (727) 347-6136 and we will be happy to reserve them online for you.


KidsZone
KidsZone is an experience specifically crafted for children from 12 months through 5th grade for Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur. Note each child will need their own ticket reserved regardless of age for the KidsZone. More information and schedules for KidsZone will be released at a later date.  
 

Letter of Reciprocity
If you are a member of Temple Beth-El and plan on visiting another URJ Congregation for High Holy Days, you may need a letter of reciprocity. If so, please email admin@templebeth-el.com with the details of the congregation you will be visiting as well as the names of the members who will be attending. 

School Absence Information

If your child is missing school to attend services, CLICK HERE for a signed notice from Rabbi Torop.

Break the fast

Coming soon! Following the conclusion of our Yom Kippur Afternoon & Neilah service, our Break-the-Fast will be in the Rothman Family Social Hall.

Food Drive

Each year we collect food for Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Service’s food pantry. Last year we collected just over 1,500 pounds of

non-perishable food and this year we want to collect 2,000 pounds!

 

You will receive a bag on Rosh Hashanah to fill with groceries and you may drop it off anytime through Yom Kippur.

 

As Rabbi Torop suggests, “At a minimum, please donate the food you are not eating on Yom Kippur!”

 

CLICK HERE for more information on our Food Drive and other Social Justice initiatives.

Parking

Parking is limited so arrive early! (Doors will open approximately 30-45 minutes before the service begins.) Police Officers will be on hand to help direct you to:

  • The Temple parking lot
  • Pasadena Community Church parking
  • Park Circle S & Oleander Way S (the streets on either side of the temple)

FAQs

What should I wear?
Naturally with regard to clothing, good taste should be your guide. Kippot and tallitot are not required. If you would like to wear a kippah or tallit, we have them to borrow as you enter the service. Tallitot are appropriate every morning and on Kol Nidre. On Yom Kippur, it is a custom to wear white and not leather (including shoes) to symbolize holiness.

What if I need special assistance?
We strive to be as accommodating as possible. If you have concerns about any assistance you may require, please call the Temple office so we can assist you. Please see below for additional information.

Wheelchair/Walker 
If you will be attending a High Holy Days service with a walker, you may be provided a wheelchair upon arrival. This is simply a safety precaution in the event of an emergency so you can be swiftly evacuated.   

For the Deaf Community
We are delighted to again welcome members of the Jewish Deaf community to our Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre services. Sign language interpreters will be seated at the front of the sanctuary in front of the rabbi’s podium. We reserve the first few rows for worshippers who need access to see the interpreters.

Hearing Impaired
To enhance your service experience, we will have Hearing Impaired Headphones available. Locate a Greeter or Community Guard for assistance.

Visually Impaired
Large print prayer books are available. Locate a Greeter or Community Guard for assistance. 

Other Needs
If you need special seating for any service, or if you are fasting and need a light snack or refreshment on Yom Kippur, please see a Community Guard.

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