CDPH and Rabbis from Three Jewish Denominations Share a Message of Health for the High Holy Days
Date: September 17, 2020
SACRAMENTO – As the Jewish
community prepares to observe the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom
Kippur, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Rabbis
representing Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Judaism are reminding members of
the faith to observe this important time of spiritual observance and community
while still practicing social distancing.
“The spirituality of the Jewish
New Year and Day of Atonement are typically observed inside a synagogue with
family and friends,” said Acting State Public Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan.
“With COVID-19 a concern, as much as you may want to be among loved ones, you
should not gather in-person outside of your immediate family.”
Many synagogues are offering
virtual services for the High Holidays: families are encouraged to participate
within their own homes whenever possible to reduce the risk of COVID-19. When
religious ceremonies require a minyan or a particular number of individuals to
be present, if families are unable to do so on their own and feel it is
absolutely necessary, they should carry out the act outdoors at least six feet
apart from others while wearing a face covering.
The tradition of a large meal
following the service creates opportunities for communal dishes. We encourage
people to connect with loved ones virtually, where religious observance allows.
Although tempting to share with others, families should only partake of the
food that they have prepared within their own home.
“The beginning to a sweet new
year starts with acts of kindness. We know now more than ever it is a crucial
time to connect with others, and what better way of doing so than by keeping
you, your family and community safe,” said Dr. Pan. “Shanah Tovah u’Metukah to
all, and let’s all look forward to a happy, healthy and sweet New Year.”
Please see below to view the
Rabbis’ wishes of health and happiness.