High Holy Days

High Holy Days at Congregation Beth Israel

IMPORTANT UPDATE on August 27th, 2021!!

  • Only fully vaccinated people will be permitted to attend in-person High Holiday services
  • The exception to this is children outside of eligibility for vaccination
  • Members will not be required to proof of vaccination
  • Relatives of members and guests from out of town will be required to present proof of vaccination. You may send this to office@cbisrael.org, or show it at the door.
  • We are moving major services to the Epstein Room rather than the sanctuary due to better ventilation and air flow

Beth Israel has an “open door” policy, welcoming everyone for the High Holy Days.  However, because of safety-related capacity restrictions, we highly encourage you to contact us in advance of the holidays.

For those who do not want to attend in-person, or prefer participating remotely, we will video stream our entire set of sanctuary services.

Our clergy, gabbaim, officers of the congregation, and congregants are putting forth a significant effort to shape a meaningful Days of Awe experience under circumstances that require a great deal of flexibility.  Thank you for understanding and being patient as we work through evolving processes and health guidelines.

We are extremely grateful to be able to hold services indoor this year, and to be able to share our High Holy Days together.

!שנה טובה ומתוקה

!כתיבה וחתימה טובה

Wishing everyone a sweet New Year!

Services & Programming

Service Offerings: In-Person & Online


Selichot August 28th 9:00 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah
Maariv (Sanctuary) September 6th 6:30 p.m.
Shacharit (Epstein Room) September 7th 9:30 a.m.
Tashlich (At the Kenduskeag) September 7th 5:30 p.m.
Mincha/Maariv (Sanctuary) September 7th 6:00 p.m.
Shacharit (Epstein Room) September 8th 9:30 a.m.
Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre (Epstein Room) September 15th 6:30 p.m.
Shacharit (Epstein Room) September 16th 9:30 a.m.
Mincha (Sanctuary) September 16th 5:00 p.m.
Neilah (Sanctuary) September 16th 6:30 p.m.
Break-the-Fast September 16th CANCELLED


  • Sanctuary Services for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Mincha/Maariv on Rosh Hashanah, and Mincha and Neilah on Yom Kippur
  • Epstein Room Services for morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, along with Kol Nidre
  • Virtual Services on Facebook / YouTube / Twitter – enjoy a livestream of our services.


Members: Members should have received an invoice for seating in advance of the High Holy Days.  If you have not received an invoice, or will not be attending, please contact the office at office@cbisrael.org or 945-3433.

Guests from the General Public: Because we are mandating vaccines, we ask that unvaccinated guests without small children consider viewing our live-stream.  If you are attending from out of town, we recommend you contact the office in advance with your COVID vaccination proof, otherwise be prepared to present at the door.  General public guests who arrive without prior arrangements may be turned away without proof of vaccination.

COVID-19 Policy & Safety

The safety of our congregants and guests is paramount.  Decisions regarding our services are always subject to evolving Maine and United States CDC guidance.  Plans can change at any time.

Vaccines:  We are now mandating vaccines for eligible adult attendees.  Children under the age of vaccine eligibility may attend with their families.

Masking:  Everyone on the Congregation Beth Israel grounds will be masked at all times.

Social Distancing:  Three feet between households or individuals.