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It’s not too late to request your tickets for the High Holidays online! This year, we’re looking forward to gathering again in person for services. Services will also be live-streamed, and the live stream will be available in the Beth El garden.
If you’re not a Beth El member, please call 978-443-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend our High Holiday services.
For members, we are offering an online ticket request form for members and guests, and to register for children’s or teen’s programming. Tickets are at no additional cost for members and adult children age 18-26. They will be mailed out by September 16 provided that members’ financial obligations are current. If you have not already submitted your financial commitment forms, along with your initial dues payments for 2022-2023, please do so immediately. Please email email@example.com if you have questions about dues, outstanding payments, or other financial arrangements.
On the online ticket request form, please fill in the names of all members of your household/family for whom you are requesting tickets, as well as any guests who will be attending services with you. Also please indicating, to the best of your knowledge, which services you plan to attend in person.
We’ll need lots of volunteers to usher and direct parking — sign up online.
We have a limited amount of parking in the Beth El lot. Please reserve this parking for people with limited mobility and families with young children. Once the parking lot is full, it will be closed for safety until the services have cleared out. If you are coming for the later services on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, please park at Sudbury Town Hall. There will be a shuttle bus running frequently between Sudbury Town Hall and Beth El before and after services. For traffic safety, your own safety, and consideration for our neighbors, there will be NO PARKING ON HUDSON ROAD.
Following our new security procedures, you’ll enter the synagogue through the school (east) door, where volunteer greeters, will welcome you, check your tickets and a registration list, and admit you to the building. To facilitate smooth entry for all, pease bring your tickets and your Beth El key fob, if you have one, for all services. Please exit the building through the front doors.
We’ll have reserved seating areas for those with hearing or sight impairments, families with young children, and fragrance sensitivity. Ushers can guide you to the appropriate area and provide audio enhancement devises or large-print machzors. Please do no save seats with clothing ore religious articles. Recognizing that some are very sensitive to fragrances, everyone should avoid wearing cologne or perfume.
Depending on interest, we may be able to arrange babysitting for children ages 0–3 only during the morning service on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and the morning service on Yom Kippur. Registration and payment instructions will be sent out in a followup to those who indicate interest.
On Rosh Hashanah, vegetarian box lunches will be available for consumption in the garden for those who wish to participate. Please indicate the number of lunches you would like reserved for you and your family/guests.
A Yizkor book will be compiled and distributed on Yom Kippur. If you have suffered a recent loss or if the name of a deceased loved one was inadvertently omitted from last year’s Yizkor book, please provide the name and the relationship of the deceased to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure a peaceful and meaningful High Holidays experience for all, please volunteer to serve as an usher or a parking director. This is a great way to strengthen our community by greeting old friends and welcoming new acquaintances. If you have volunteered in past years, please consider doing so again. If you have not, please consider helping with these important tasks. Click here to volunteer. If you’ve already signed up, see the guidelines for ushers and parking director.
This year, we are collecting food stuffs and monetary donations for three organizations that provide emergency and ongoing support to neighbors in our MetroWest community. You may also go to our Donations page and select “High Holiday food drive” when asked what fund you would like to contribute to.
Please collect a bag after Rosh Hashanah services. The bags will have attached a list of items requested by each organization. Please only contribute unexpired items and those items on the list. Expired items cannot be used. If you are unsure what to donate, nonperishable canned foods are best. On the list of items, please circle your preferred organization. Or you can circle “No Preference — Please Distribute as Needed” on your bag, and we’ll do the rest.
In response to member requests, you can make a monetary contribution instead to the organization of your choice. Monetary contributions allow the charities to buy exactly what’s needed at lower, wholesale prices and with a small environmental impact. If this is of interest to you, please bring a check to Beth El on Yom Kippur with “Beth El Food Drive” on the memo line. All of the organizations are registered charities for tax purposes. Or donate online on our Donations page and choose the “High Holiday Food Drive” donation fund.
On Yom Kippur, our teens will receive your bags as you enter for services, or at the remote parking location in case you take the shuttle. A box will be available in the bag storage room for any checks.
Many people make this food drive a success each year. Our thanks go to Sudbury Farms for donating the bags again this year, to our teens helping in the collection, to our drivers delivering your contributions to each organization and, most importantly, to all of you for your generous contributions
2022 Food Drive Recipients
Place to Turn Natick — A Place To Turn is committed to providing emergency food and clothing to our neighbors in the MetroWest community. We will serve those in need in an atmosphere of caring and mutual respect. A Place to Turn was established in 1979. The founders were among the first to recognize that economic hardship exists in the suburbs and is not exclusively an urban problem. The food pantry began as a fledgling entity in the basement of a private home, and since 1981 has been at its present location at Hartford Street Presbyterian Church in Natick.
Sudbury Community Food Pantry — The Sudbury Community Food Pantry started in March 1990.
It is staffed by a group of 75-90 dedicated volunteers, and assists approximately 60 to 80 families each week, living in any town, city, or state. Our Lady of Fatima Church provides the space needed to shelve and distribute the food. Food Pantry clients receive food without prerequisites, such as needs tests or letters of referral (only a photo ID is needed to use the pantry). The sole purpose is to help any family, or individual in need, and no one has ever been turned away from the Food Pantry.
Approximately 30% of the nonperishable food it distributes is donated by elementary school children and civic and religious organizations. Clients can leave with 6-8 bags of groceries per visit, including meats, dairy products, fresh produce and personal products in addition to the wide selection of nonperishable foods.
Voices Against Violence — Voices’ mission is to end sexual and domestic violence. Staff members work to empower victims and survivors to help themselves and their children. Program advocates work in partnership with individuals and families to ensure their safety, create stable home environments, gain independence, and to develop personal and economic self-sufficiency. Voices is also a social change organization, working toward the elimination of violence on a societal level through community education, primary prevention and increased public awareness and action. The organization also works in close collaboration with public safety and criminal justice professionals throughout the region.