Congregation B’nai Shalom reimagines the Jewish High Holy Days


By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer

Congregation B’nai Shalom reimagines the Jewish High Holy Days
Cantorial Soloist Sharon Brown Goldstein (l) and Rabbi Rachel Gurewitz meet via Zoom earlier this year.

Westborough – The Jewish High Holy Days Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are a time of connection. Due to the pandemic, Westborough’s Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough, has reimagined a way to maintain and build new connections. Digitally broadcasted services and programs that meet social distancing guidelines will be open to members, families and friends. 

“While this pandemic will keep many of us apart physically, it presents us with an amazing opportunity to connect with more people than ever digitally,” said Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz. “Our community has always been about openness and almost every aspect of our High Holiday experience this year will be open to all. … We are looking forward to seeing new faces and welcoming back those from past years.”

Rosh Hashana begins at sunset Friday, Sept. 18, and Yom Kippur begins at sunset Sunday, Sept. 27. The congregation has developed interactive programming to engage students of their religious school. The congregation is also offering some in-person socially distanced outdoor gatherings and activities for families and adults.

Some services will be livestreamed on the congregation website and others on Zoom. Members will be invited to share some rituals at home.

For detailed information on the High Holy Days services and programs, visit For more information, call 508-366-7191.

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