Why is this year different from all others? Traditionally that may be a question reserved for the holiday of Passover, but it rings true for the upcoming High Holiday season. As many navigate the Covid-19 Pandemic, there is uncertainty about the upcoming High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 

At Chabad our primary concern is the health and safety of our community. We want to make sure everyone has a comfortable and safe way to celebrate the richness and beauty of the holidays. Chabad is proud to be offering a menu of options for the upcoming Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays.

Chabad will be offering in-person outdoor services. The services will be held in a large tent at the site of the future New Chabad Jewish Center in Clinton Township. The site provides ample room for social distancing and compliance with all governmental guidelines and regulations. The location is 63 Payne Rd. Lebanon, NJ 08833 right off Route 31, across the street from Sweet Mellissa’s. The services are open to the entire community. Reservations are required. Membership and purchasing tickets are not required. 

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A separate area will be provided for a special family and youth program where teens will be paired with children and provide an interactive holiday experience led by our youth director Rabbi AY Posner.

For those that prefer to celebrate at home this year, Chabad is offering many resources to help supercharge your at-home experience. Chabad is offering a DIY Holiday Guide, Shofar, Curbside Holiday Meal Pickup, Holiday Prayer Books and a mystery holiday surprise.

Chabad will also be offering “Shofar and Tashlich at the Park” a unique opportunity to hear the sound of the shofar and special prayer and meditations at the water at Bundt Park.  BYOB Bring your own blanket to the park and enjoy a unique Rosh Hashana experience.

The services are friendly and welcoming and are conducted by Rabbi Eli Kornfeld and Cantor Rabbi Aaron B. Denburg. “When I am at Chabad for the High Holidays, the services come alive and I feel connected to my Jewish roots. The services are explained in English so I can actually understand their meaning” says Adriane Berg of Tewksbury, NJ.  “I love the family service, where my children and I can ask questions and have more of an interactive prayer experience” says Naama Faucett of Raritan Township. The prayers are read in both Hebrew and English and  lively commentary and humor accompany the service.

At Chabad, there are no membership fees or tickets sold for the High Holiday services. High Holiday donations are much appreciated and help offset the cost of providing for more than 300 people that are expected at Chabad during the High Holiday season. Chabad is known for its open doors and welcoming atmosphere, which allows anyone in the community to enjoy any program that interests them. At Chabad we believe Judaism should be fun, joyous, and easily accessible. 

For more information or to reserve your seat please visit www.jewishhunterdon.com call 908-238-9002 or email info@jewishhunterdon.com

Rosh Hashanah Schedule of Services

Rosh Hashanah Services, at the site of future home of Chabad of Hunterdon 63 Payne Rd Lebanon, NJ 08833

  • Services are on Friday & Saturday Evenings, Sep. 18th and 19th, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday mornings, Sep. 19th and Sep. 20th, at 10:00 a.m. A Family Service & Youth Service Program will be held on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
     
  • Shofar Tashlich Service - Prayer at the Water at Bundt Park 8 Red Schoolhouse Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833 will take place Sunday Sep. 20th 3:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur Schedule of Services

Yom Kippur Services, at the site of future home of Chabad of Hunterdon 63 Payne Rd Lebanon, NJ 08833

 

Yom Kippur Services Sunday Sep. 27th: Kol Nidrei Evening Services begin at 7:00 p.m.

  • Yom Kippur Services, Monday, Sep. 28th: Morning Services begin at 9:30 a.m. Family Service & Children’s program is at 10:30 a.m.  This is also the recommended window if you’d like to attend only part of the service. Yizkor Memorial service begins at 11:30 a.m.
  • Mincha Afternoon service is at 5:30 p.m. and the Neilah Closing Service is at 6:30 p.m., with Shofar Blowing and Break Fast at 7:26 p.m.

RSVP for Yom Kippur Services and the catered Break Fast meal at www.jewishhunterdon.com or call 908-238-9002.