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High Holiday Tickets (2020)

Shana Tovah!  !שנה טובה

While this year's services will look very different than in the past, we remain committed to ensuring the meaningful, warm, and uplifting High Holiday experience that is so important to our community.

In close collaboration with medical experts, we have augmented our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur seating sales and davening schedule to heed both medical best practices during the pandemic, as well as local and national restrictions and guidelines.

Before registering for your seats, please carefully read all of the details of this year's High Holidays which can be found here

Please keep in mind that health and safety remain a primary focus, and as such, should it become necessary, appropriate modifications to our service plans may be made at any time.

Due to the medical and logistical complexity of this year's High Holiday service, we implore that you fill out the below form with extreme care and attention to detail. 

This form will be open until seats sell out, however Early Bird Preference will be considered until Sunday, September 6 at 6:00 PM.

IMPORTANT: If you are a member, you must be logged into your account to receive member pricing.

Wishing you and yours a happy, prosperous, safe, and healthy New Year!


This year, to increase capacity while maintaining physical distancing, we are offering services in multiple venues at multiple times. Because we are unable to accommodate all requests for service times and location, we are using a "Rank Choice" system to help place attendees. 

To complete this form, please select the services below that you would like to attend, in order of preference. We will do our best to accommodate as many first choice preferences as we can, giving precedence to Kesher members. 

Due to availability, we are regrettably only able to offer very limited seating outdoors in the Westin Courtyard (72 spaces for Rosh Hashanah and 36 spaces for Yom Kippur). When selecting your preference, please be considerate of your fellow congregants, and only select "outdoor seating" if you are completely unwilling or unable to sit indoors. We are trying our best to accommodate those in a high-risk category who would otherwise be unable to attend any service this year.

Submission of this form should not be considered confirmation of your ticket location or time. You will receive final confirmation of your location and time on or before Thursday, September 10th. 

Due to the complexity of this year's seating process, we will not be assigning seats, only location and time. Attendees will be able to sit in any of the physically distant open seats. We understand this is a departure from what many of us are used to, and we hope to resume normal operations next year. 

This form will be open until seats sell out, however Early Bird Preference will be considered until Sunday, September 6 at 6:00 PM.

If you are unsure of how to complete, please email questions to before submitting. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 

Rosh Hashana

Yom Kippur

Select Service

Please note: All services have been sold-out.  Please fill out below if you would like to be placed on our waiting list.

Select Service

Please note: Outdoor services at the Westin and indoor services in the synagogue are sold out and we are unable to accommodate any additional registrations for those venues.  
NOTE: Please do NOT select the same option for your first and second choice


Select Seats

Select Seats

   Adult ($200) - Men's Section
   Adult ($200) - Women's Section
   Senior ($175) - Men's Section
   Senior ($175) - Women's Section
   Student ($100) - Men's Section
   Student ($100) - Women's Section
   Adult ($200) - Men's Section
   Adult ($200) - Women's Section
   Senior ($175) - Men's Section
   Senior ($175) - Women's Section
   Student ($100) - Men's Section
   Student ($100) - Women's Section
Please enter one name for each seat you are purchasing, separated by a comma. This information will be used for contact tracing and/or important announcements should they become necessary. 
Please enter one email for each seat you are purchasing, separated by a comma. This information will be used for contact tracing and/or important announcements should they become necessary. 


All attendees must abide by the following policies and procedures to protect the community and your fellow congregants during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please read the below information fully and carefully, and check the box to acknowledge your agreement. 

Kesher Israel Required COVID-19 Protocols and Guidelines

Per Mayor Bowser’s ordinance, anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk state (within the prior 14 days) who was traveling for non-essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in the District. Should this apply to you, you will be unable to attend minyan until after your 14-day quarantine period has ended.

The list can be found at:

Required Behavior by Minyan Attendees

For the safety of all minyan attendees, I agree to obey the following protocols while at a Kesher-sponsored davening on or off of shul premises:

  1. Pre-register for minyanim and not attend without having received confirmation beforehand;
  2. Maintain 6' of social distance in designated seats, and maximum physical distance when moving about;
  3. Avoid all forms of physical contact such as handshakes, fist bumps, or elbow bumps;
  4. Wear a face covering at all times, and in all areas (including bathrooms);
  5. Use my own siddurim, chumashim, and tallitot;
  6. Clean hands with soap and water, or hand-sanitizer whenever necessary;
  7. Refrain from congregating before, during, and after davening.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure

For the safety of all minyan attendees, I affirm that I will only attend minyan if:

  1. I do not feel ill or believe that I might have COVID-19 based on symptoms as defined by the CDC;
  2. In the last 14 days I have not been in close contact with any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, unless I am a healthcare worker, in which case I certify that I have worn Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and followed all CDC and medical guidelines during any and all contact with COVID-19 patients;
  3. I have cautiously abided by all relevant CDC guidelines and local restrictions - especially including careful practice of social distancing and mask usage - regardless of the locations or social situations in which I have been.

High Risk Individuals

Kesher and Rabbi Shafner STRONGLY DISCOURAGE anyone from attending minyanim who is 65 years old or older or has any underlying health conditions that would be considered at higher-risk with COVID-19 (e.g. immunocompromised or underlying health conditions).

If I fit into this category, and I still want to attend minyanim, I agree that before attending minyan, I will consult with my physician and then attend at my own risk aware of the guidance of the shul and its medical advisors.

COVID-19 Disclosure

By attending a minyan I agree that if, Chas V'shalom, I am found to be COVID-19 positive, I will inform shul leadership (Rabbi or President) of my status.

I further give permission to shul leadership to disclose the instance of a positive COVID case to minyan coordinators, gabbaim, minyan attendees, members, and any other individuals as necessary for notification, contact tracing, and requisite individual planning. To the greatest extent possible and permissible, individual identities will be protected and kept in confidence.

Waiver of all Claims:

By attending Kesher Israel Congregation ("Kesher") minyanim, I, hereby waive and release Kesher from any and all claims and causes of action of any kind or nature arising from exposure to COVID-19, which are directly or indirectly related to my presence on Kesher premises for any minyan I attend, including any books or objects I may handle at the minyan, which claims I have, may have, or that may accrue in the future, including any claims or causes of action caused in whole or in part by the negligence or any other action of Kesher or any of its employees, officers, directors, volunteers or members.

I acknowledge that my attendance at any Kesher-sponsored minyan is dependent on my compliance with the above policies and protocols, in addition to any verbal or written guidance provided to me by shul leadership or minyan coordinators.

I understand that failure to abide by any of the stated policies may result in suspension of a minyan currently in progress, and may make me ineligible to register for future instances. 
Kol Nidre and Communal Needs Appeals

Our Kol Nidre and Communal Needs Appeals are a vital component of our annual fundraising efforts and make up a significant portion of our budget.

The Kol Nidre Appeal funds vital services for our community, including educational, ritual, social programs. Even during this pandemic, Kesher endeavors to provide as much community and enrichment as possible, bringing us together while we are apart. 

The Communal Needs Appeal funds critical community infrastructure that provides for both our membership and the wider DC Jewish community, including maintenance of the Kesher Eruv, our three cemetaries, and our Welfare Fund. 

During this challenging time when we are unable to facilitate our usual in-service appeal, we need your support to help ensure our continued financial stability.

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Tue, September 22 2020 4 Tishrei 5781