After more than a year of zooming, Temple Beth Torah members are excited to have in person services for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana and the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. The Jewish people are ushering in the New Year on the Hebrew calendar, which is 5782. The High Holiday season starts with the Jewish New Year, Monday evening, Sept. 6, beginning 10 days of worship and reflection, culminating in Yom Kippur Thursday, Sept. 16. The synagogue, located in Humble, has maintained its presence in the north Houston community since 1983. There will be strict health and safety protocols. While the small sanctuary will hold a limited capacity, others will be able to participate in the service via Zoom, similar to the way they have enjoyed Shabbat since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Beth Torah’s president, Hy Penn, and reopening committee chair, Jeff Kaufman, have been working for months with Rabbi Dan Gordon and other synagogue leadership to help determine the best way to celebrate the New Year for all.
“We will have a slightly smaller capacity in the sanctuary to maintain safety and comfort for all,” said Penn. “But we’re delighted that even those who are unable to come in person will have the opportunity to view the services online.”
This year, the temple welcomes a new cantor, Francyne Davis Jacobs, who brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and talent to her musical leadership. Cantor Jacobs is an outstanding educator, teaching music to all ages, and is also current president of the Women Cantor’s Network. After leading a number of Shabbat services for Temple Beth Torah over Zoom, Cantor Jacobs is excited to collaborate with Rabbi Gordon for the High Holidays.