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High Holidays 5783/2022 With Kadima

Whew. Here we are. It’s been two long years since we have been able to offer an in-person option for our High Holidays services, but the time has finally come for us to have an opportunity to be together in multiple ways. It is time for us to once again have the option to feel each other’s physical presence: the gravitational pull of another, the rustle of seats nearby our neighbors, the rest that comes when we lean into the magic of shared harmonies.

​Our services this year will be a hybrid offering, including a Zoom option for those who can’t or don’t choose to attend in person. Adapting to COVID has taught the leadership of our community what many people – especially people with disabilities – had been telling us long before a pandemic: that in order to be an accessible synagogue, our offerings need multiple points of access. We are glad to be offering that through our Zoom services this year, alongside our in-person offerings at St. Marks on Capitol Hill, and we look forward to being with you however works for you best.​

COVID Safety for the High Holidays:
1. For indoor events, participants will be required to show proof of vaccination if eligible, wear a tested, certified mask, and give each other distance as able. Capacity will be limited to the number of people who can fit into the space accounting for physical distancing.
2. Indoor events will only be held when King County Community Level is low or medium (per King County Department of Public Health). All events with an indoor attendance option will also have an online attendance option. If the Community Level becomes high, then indoor events will be canceled, and only online and outdoor events will be held. Though our general guidelines make mask usage optional when Community Levels are low, our guidelines require mask usage any time there are participants present who have access needs around decreasing potential COVID exposure. As there will be many participants at High Holiday services who have such access needs, we will be requiring mask usage even if COVID King County Community Level is low. 
3. Our in-person events will be held at St. Marks on Capitol Hill. The cathedral nave, where we will have Rosh Hashanah morning, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur day, has an new air exchange system that replaces the entire volume of air 10 times per hour. Unfortunately, the nave is not available for all services. Erev Rosh Hashanah will be in Bloedel Hall. There is no HVAC system in Bloedel Hall. However, there are many windows, and we will be working hard to determine how to create effective ventilation in that space. 

We are requiring proof of full vaccination status or medical exemption for all eligible attendees of in-person services. You may upload your vaccination documentation when you register to save time, or bring your vaccination card/digital card with you. To find your Washington State digital COVID-19 vaccination verification record, click the link.

Click here to see our full COVID Community Guidelines.

For updated and complete information on celebrating the High Holidays with Kadima, please visit our website. Current schedule is as follows:

Erev Rosh Hashanah : Sunday, September 25; In person at St. Marks, and online services via zoomZoom/Room opens: 6:30pm
Services from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Rosh Hashanah / Day 1 : Monday, September 26; In person at St. Marks and online services via Zoom
Zoom/Room opens: 9:30am
Morning Services: 9:45am - 12:30pm
Outdoor Tashlich Service (in-person only)
Pre-recorded Tashlich guided meditation for on-your-own tashlich

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 : Tuesday, September 27
Online-only abridged morning service and Torah discussion with Rabbi David: 10:30am – 12:00noon
Outdoor Shofar Service

Shabbat Shuvah on Indigenous Sovereignty : Saturday, October 1; Online only
Open schmooze: 9:45am – 10:00am
Shabbat morning service & study: 10:00 am – 12pm

Kol NidreTuesday, October 4; In person at St. Marks and online services via Zoom
Zoom/Room opens: 6:30pm
Service: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Yom Kippur :: Wednesday, October 5; In person at St. Marks and online services via Zoom for morning services; location tbd for yizkor and neilah.Zoom/Room opens: 9:30am
Morning Services: 9:45am – 1:00pm
Yizkor: 5:00pm
Ne’ilah & Havdalah: 6:30pm

ALL ARE WELCOME, regardless of membership in Kadima! However, you are invited to join Kadima here.

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Childcare will be available beginning 1/2 hour before the start of services on Rosh Hashanah morning and Yom Kippur morning. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer childcare for the evening services.

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Kadima will be providing captions and live tech support for the online options, a fully ADA accessible venue, low scent environment, and some sensory accommodations. Please, make your needs known here if you need any additional accommodations to access the High Holidays fully!
High Holiday Doer/Volunteer Support
Would you like to be on the Doer Crew? Roles include: registration, welcoming, set up, break down, online support, onsite tech support, pre-HH admin support, accessibility station attendant, errands, and childcare assistance.
We still have some open slots for readers (in English) for our High Holidays services. are the door of Kadima and a friendly greeter smiles and invites you to offer a reading in English during our services. What do you say?
Tickets are free. However, donations are greatly appreciated!
We are grateful you are joining us! For transparency, we are budgeted to bring in $20,000 through contributions during the High Holiday season. With 250 expected individual participants, we would meet this year’s goal if we averaged a $80 contribution per attendee. We expect that some cannot contribute anywhere near that and others could contribute that amount many times. Please give what you are able in order to offset the costs of producing High Holidays and support the work of Kadima generally.