Beth Shalom of Whittier
Progressive Conservative Judaism
Hazzan Lance H Tapper
Notes From the Hazzan
The Yamim Noraim commence early this year on Labor Day evening (Monday, September 6) with Rosh Hashanah. The entire month of September will reflect the holiday season this year. This, again, will be a year like no other we have had at Beth Shalom. For the first time in our history, we will be offering services in a hybrid fashion for both in-person worship to those who are vaccinated and can show proof of vaccination and online on our Facebook page as we had done the prior year. This will all happen simultaneously and will be a milestone for our congregation to spread our services far and wide. I can tell you we have people who watch us from as far away as Berlin, Germany.
COVID-19 is still a presence within our area and community, and rest assured, our President and I keep close tabs on the latest COVID protocols and edicts from our county and state. If anything changes regarding in-person worship from the state or county, we will keep you all abreast and make those changes accordingly as needed. Our goal is to provide a quality set of services for all of you with as many safety protocols in place as possible.
I, therefore, also want to remind all of you that the option to worship in person is just that—an option. If you feel more comfortable remaining at home and watching us on Facebook, please feel free to do so. I will be counting a Minyan for each service based on those in the room and those computers online as well. Thus, it is our wish and intent that you worship with us in whatever mode you feel comfortable with and know that we respect and defend your decision whatever that may be in this case. Just worship with us! We need and want your presence with us in whatever fashion you deem appropriate for your level of comfort in these trying times.
I wish you a Shanah Tovah Umetukah (a wonderful and sweet New Year) and a Hag Sameach (Happy Holiday) and Moadim L’Simchah (the festivals are a time of gladness) for Sukkot.
-Hazzan Lance H. Tapper