Dear TBT Family,

We know that the highly contagious delta variant now constitutes the vast majority of coronavirus cases in the nation. I am asking for your individual and collective help to ensure that we keep the Temple Beit Torah community safe by doing everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, the Temple Beit Torah Board of Directors is changing our High Holiday services in order to be more mindful and protective of our congregants.

I am communicating that, irrespective of whether you believe (or not) in the effectiveness of face masks or whether you are convinced that there should (or should not) be a requirement for everybody to wear one, we just need to do this.

In my conversations with friends, family, and congregants, I have heard that pandemic-related mandates are odious, that monitoring for compliance breeds controlling attitudes and contempt.

So, I ask you, can we commit to precautionary measures, not because we fear enforcement but rather because we understand why it is important for us to have a safe gathering? My strong appeal to all of us as members of the same community is that we do this together because it is needed.

Acting as good members of the TBT family, we will observe the following guidelines:

  • Face masks to be worn inside and outside the TBT building
  • In-person services will require online reservations; each service will have a maximum number of available seats; confirmations will be sent for attendance
  • Maintain social distancing requirements throughout High Holiday services
  • Wash our hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Get tested if we develop COVID-19 symptoms
  • Stay home if we are ill; notify TBT if positive for Covid and contact tracing purposes

We have been eagerly waiting to come back to TBT to learn and to live in community. We are all tired of wearing face masks, but we don’t want to risk getting sick and we don’t want others to get sick. We have better things to do than monitoring each other’s behaviors and judging other people’s convictions.

There has to be a better way. And there is. The Jewish, TBT way.

I believe each of us is capable of understanding this and agreeing to follow these guidelines in these circumstances because we are committed to acting as responsible adults in a civic society. And of course, due to the ever-changing health environment, our schedule may also change. We will post updates and changes through emails and publications.

Please contact our office or Gail Patterson, if you have any questions.

Shana Tova.

Gail Patterson, President

Temple Beit Torah – High Holiday Schedule – 2021

Sunday, August 29:  Slichot service, 10:00am

 Happy Apple Farm, 1190 1st St, Penrose, CO 81240

In-person only; See LINK below.

 Monday, September 6:   Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7:00pm

 Zoom/YouTube only

 Tuesday, September 7:   Rosh Hashanah morning, 10:00am

Hybrid: In-person with registration, social distancing. and limited attendance. There will be no communal singing.

Pre-registration required; See LINK below.

Seating capped at 45 (approx. 20 pods)

Sunday, September 12:   Tashlich, 10:00am

 Monument Valley Park, 170 W Cache La Poudre St,

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

In-person only; See TBT website for more details

Bring Your Own Snack

Wednesday, September 15:  Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur), 7:00pm

Zoom/YouTube only

Thursday, September 16:   Yom Kippur morning, 10:00am

Zoom/YouTube only

Study session, 1:00pm

Zoom/YouTube only

Meditative space, 2:00pm

Zoom/YouTube only

Yizkor, 3:00pm

Hybrid: In-person with masks, social distancing, and limited attendance. There will be no communal singing.

N’eliah, 4:00pm

Hybrid: In-person with masks, social distancing, and limited attendance. There will be no communal singing.

Pre-registration required for both Yizkor and N’eliah

Seating capped at 45 (approx. 20 pods)

YouTube Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrxXggKHyXzRDmWT_C1aMeg