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High Holiday Seats

Now that we are into Chodesh Elul, it is time again to begin making arrangements for Yomim Noraim.  We ask that you take the time to read this e-mail carefully and to respond promptly according to the instructions below.  This year will be unlike any other, so we ask your patience and indulgence as we try to make the holidays as meaningful as possible for everyone given the situation.

Based on your responses to the recent shul poll, we are planning for the following minyan choices:    

1)     Indoor with masks required

2)     Indoor with masks optional (assuming NY State permits this and it is safe)

3)     Outdoor (in a tent where masks are required)

4)     Outdoor (in a tent where masks are optional).   To be clear, there will be one minyan outside, but it will be spread across the two tents.  

We are still working to confirm the ba’alei tefila for each minyan, but to help with your decision, here is the tentative lineup (subject to change) for Rosh Hashanah.  The ba’alei tefila, ba’alei koreh, and ba’alei tokea will be tested for Covid before Yom Tov, since they may not be wearing masks in all cases.   We encourage everyone to be tested before Yom Tov, especially if you may have been exposed to the virus.   Of course, if you have a fever or don’t feel well, you should stay home in any case. 

1)     Indoor with masks required:   TBD, Shlomie Rosenberg

2)     Indoor with masks optional:  Rabbi Spivak, Mickey Montal

3)     Outdoor:  Devir Kahan, Joel Selter

Keep in mind that we may need to make changes to this plan, based on the number of people who request each minyan as well as the evolving health situation and the rules for gatherings in New York State.

All minyanim will meet throughout Yom Tov (for Shacharis, Mincha, and Maariv) and will start at the same times (e.g., 8:30 am for Shacharis).  The only exception may be for Neilah, where we are considering having one large minyan outside (conditions permitting).

Space is much more limited than in past years, especially at the indoor minyanim, due to the need for social distancing.  Reservations will be first-come, first-served.  Therefore, if you have a strong preference, we suggest sending it in early or you may not be able to get your first choice.   Once you have been assigned to a minyan, you are expected to attend that minyan throughout Yom Tov.  Each minyan will have posted lists of registered attendees and we cannot accommodate people who select one minyan and then go to a different one, or people who are not signed up.    Note also that we will not be assigning specific seats to individuals in any of the minyanim.  

To help support the shul during this difficult time and to help cover the additional costs for the tents, the Board has modified the seating policy and pricing for this year as follows:  Each Full or Associate Member in Good Standing is entitled to TWO seats per family, and each Weekday Member is entitled to ONE seat per family.   Additional seats in any minyan may be reserved at the price of $200 per seat.   Non-members may purchase seats in any minyan for $400 per seat.  There is a cap of $1000 for immediate families who live together (not including guests).

Action Required:  Please fill in the form below!!

We are excited about spending these Yom Tovim together again at our shul and for widespread participation in the multiple minyanim being offered by KBY.  We want everyone to feel at home in our shul and if anyone has difficulty with the financial requirements described above, please speak with Ephraim Jacobson or Daryl Hagler, or Michael Kann.  No one will be denied the opportunity to daven at KBY for financial reasons.

Please respond with the information below by Sunday, September 6.  

Every effort will be made to fulfill your request but if there are any issues, you will be informed.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this process.

Shana Tova,

KBY Seating Committee


P.S. The following seat requests will be billed manually for the additional charges:

  1.  If a member chooses to attend both Rosh HaShana AND Yom Kippur, and have more "extra seats" on YK than on RH. 
  2. If you are a KBY "Weekday Member"
  3. If you are not a KBY member
This form closed on 2020-09-06 23:59:00.


Sat, September 19 2020 1 Tishrei 5781