High Holy Day FAQs

Yes, we have created special programming for our families throughout the High Holy Days. There will be 3 programs – one on September 18th for Elul, one on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah at Urban Adamah, and one on October 9th for Sukkot. There is more information on all these programs here: [add link]

Due to Covid considerations, we will not be offering childcare or special services for kids this year. Children are welcome to attend all services with their parents.

As a member, you are entitled to free tickets to all of the services. We’ve made it really easy this year. You can come in-person or attend by zoom. No paper or electronic tickets will be sent ahead of time. If you’re joining us at the church, just show up to check in and get a wristband. All members will receive a zoom link 48 hours ahead of time, so you can mix and match if you choose.

All members, and those who have purchased tickets, will receive a zoom link 48 hours ahead of time.

All information about directions and parking can be found here: https://chochmat.org/parking/

  • In consultation from our medical advisor, Chochmat HaLev will no longer check Covid vaccination status at events.
  • We will continue to require N-95, KN-95, or surgical masking for indoor events.  Masks must cover your nose and mouth at all times. Cloth masks and ventilated masks of any kind are not acceptable. Appropriate masks will be provided as needed.
  • We will provide passive ventilation (e.g. open windows and doors under the supervision of security-trained personnel) and other equipment as available.
  • We highly recommend taking an antigen test before attending in-person services or events.
  • Do NOT attend any Chochmat HaLev event:
    • If you are experiencing any potential symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness
    • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days and have not had a negative antigen test on Day 6 or later
    • If you have had a known exposure to COVID-19 in the past 3-5 days
    • If a household member has tested positive in the last 10 days and has not had a negative antigen test on Day 6 or later

We have wonderful opportunities this year for you to contribute your gifts of time and skills. Please fill out this volunteer form » 

  • The sanctuary and restrooms at First Presbyterian Church are wheelchair accessible.
  • Please refrain from wearing scented products to accommodate those with environmental sensitivities.
  • If you need other accommodation or assistance, contact the office: 510-704-9687 or . . . . shalom@chochmat.org
  • Attire – Many people have the custom of wearing white, symbolizing purity. On Yom Kippur, to return to simplicity, some do not wear leather, jewelry or make-up.
  • Al Cheit cards – The Yamim Noraim, (Days of Awe, or High Holy Days) are designed to inspire us to engage in Cheshbon Hanefesh (spiritual evaluation) and to make Tikkun (reparation) in our hearts, families, workplaces, communities, and world. Filling out an al cheit card is an opportunity for you to name and acknowledge misdeeds from the past year, as well as what still needs healing within you. Cards are offered at Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre. You may also fill out the form online »
  • Everyone will be required to wear N95, KN95, or well-fitting surgical masks at all times indoors.
  • The sanctuary holds 750 people and we expect less than 350, so there will be a lot of space for people to spread out to have personal distance if they want it (including using the balcony).
  • We will be keeping side doors open in the sanctuary to allow better air flow and the church has a good ventilation system.
  • We are requesting that everyone test before attending any services and that they stay home if they have been exposed to Covid or have any symptoms.
  • We will have professional security guards monitoring access and maintaining high awareness for any potential threats.
  • We are working in partnership with the Berkeley Police Department to increase their visibility as a deterrent to any threats and to respond quickly in case of a threat.
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