B’nai Torah congregation switches to 100% virtual services for high holy days – Boca Raton’s most trusted source of information

Kick off with a FREE virtual event tomorrow (Saturday) evening at 9 p.m.

Boca Raton, FL – The B’nai Torah congregation in Boca Raton made the decision this week to host fully virtual Great Holy Days services. This is a result of the rise in Covid-19 cases in the South Florida community, advice from the congregation’s medical advisory board, and consideration of the overall safety of its members.

Major holy days include Rosh Hashanah starting at sunset on September 6 and Yom Kippur starting at sunset on September 15.

Rabbi David Steinhardt VIDEO 1: https://www.dropbox.com/s/02ief3wculw9207/Rabbi%20Steinhardt%20Video%201.mov?dl=0

“We have decided that once again this year our service will be virtual. It makes us very sad. We feel very stressed by this decision and yet we are relieved by the decision because we know that it is a decision that is made for the well-being and health of each of you and our community.

The synagogue kicks off the Great Holy Days with a free music service this Saturday evening at 9:00 p.m. – known as Selichot. It will be open and free to the public and available through Zoom or on Facebook Live.

The B’nai Torah congregation also virtually hosted the Great Holy Days services last year and provided services, classes and programs for its members throughout the year.

Rabbi David Steinhardt VIDEO 2: https://www.dropbox.com/s/npjopedkfp09w32/Rabbi%20Steinhardt%20Video%202.mov?dl=0

“During the year, we have been united. Over the year we have delivered the message, the hope, the courses and the programs. And we loved it together. It’s possible to do that. We will do it the best we can. And we do it with the hope that we will be sitting together, worshiping together, living our lives together in the not-so-distant future.

The B’nai Torah congregation is the largest conservative synagogue in the Southeastern United States with more than 1,200 families. To attend virtual services and / or become a member, please contact the synagogue directly at 561-392-8566 or visit BTCBoca.org.


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Perry A. Thomasson