August 2020

Dear Friends,

We hope all is well with you and yours. Our world is very different today and so will our High Holiday services be this year as we continue to deal with Covid-19. At OTC, we constantly adapt to the needs of the community and cater our programs accordingly. Indeed, ever since the pandemic started we have pivoted and managed to maintain our community connections creatively during this crisis.

As the High Holidays are quickly approaching, we are delighted to announce that we will be offering a variety of inspiring options for Rosh Hashanah this year. Everyone will be able to experience the High Holidays in the safest way possible according to their comfort level based on the guidelines of our health professionals.

Our options will include:

1.       Full prayer service in our Sanctuary.

2.       One-hour outdoor experience. Includes service highlights, Rabbi’s sermon and Shofar blowing.  

3.       “Family Pods for G‑d”, a memorable and inspirational program for both parents and children (45-60 min).

4.       “High Holidays in A Box” which will be delivered to your home (for those who are uncomfortable going out).  

As space is limited for each option, registration is required to ensure we allow for physical distance and all safety measures. Exact schedule will be posted on our website in the next few weeks. Please note: This plan is based on the current conditions and reality. We may need to make some modifications should the Covid-19 situation change.

As we approach the New Year, I turn to you to renew your membership or consider becoming a new member of OTC. Membership dues for a family are $800 per year (which would include the $250 for High Holidays seats in whichever option you choose) and can be paid in different installments. To join our membership club please click here to fill out our secure online form.

At OTC we have always welcomed every Jew with open arms, regardless of background, affiliation or financial means. Members and non-members, regulars and visitors alike sit side by side with no tickets and no names on the chairs. This is a core value of our shul that we hope always to keep. While we will maintain Chabad’s policy that everyone is welcome to OTC regardless of payment, we recognize that membership also has advantages. Membership in a shul represents a commitment to the community. It means that you are involved in keeping Yiddishkeit alive. It also gives you a framework of giving to the shul to support our increasing financial needs and challenges that we have experienced during this crisis.

I thank all of you who have joined the membership club this past year and helped ensure the financial stability of OTC. Your contributions have taken us to where we are today and I look forward to celebrating this upcoming High Holidays season with you.

Please click here to reserve your option for the High Holidays. 

Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy Sweet New Year.

Rabbi Menachem M. & Dina Blum