Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! We are honored to welcome congregants visiting from synagogues all over the world. To reserve a ticket, go to our online ticketing portal and request your tickets. We ask for a letter from your home congregation indicating you are a member in good standing. This can be emailed to us at email@example.com or bring a copy with you the first day you will be attending.
Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley is always working towards a completely inclusive environment. Our main sanctuary, chapel, social hall, entrance, coat room, first-floor classrooms, and private bathroom are accessible for wheelchair users. The first-floor bathroom is private and open to all genders. For members and guests who need a quiet area, we will have a designated quiet room with comfortable seating. We will have large print prayer books and inserts available at the welcoming desk. We always include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options in our oneg refreshments, as well as readily non-alcoholic grape juices. If you need any assistance, please visit the welcoming desk and one of our volunteers will work to ensure your access and safety.
The short answer is YES! The long answer is YES, and we have options. For the 2020 High Holidays, most of our services and events are online. Children are warmly invited to all in-person events: Selichot on Rosh Hashana Day 1 and Poet's Walk Park activities on Rosh Hashana Day 2. Note: Kids are welcome on the hike, but will likely have a better time at the children's activity held at the gazebo.
Our overall approach:
Children of all ages are welcome in the main sanctuary at all times, and that includes fussy infants and toddlers. We will have services, led by our religious school director, for children birth-7 and for youth 7-19 at 10am.
We also have free childcare available from 9:30am-12:30pm on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. If your children are going to childcare, we require that you bring them in, complete the sign-in form please make sure you sign in, and keep your phone on vibrate in case the attendants need to reach you. For everyone's safety, children are not allowed to leave childcare without being signed out by their designated adult. This is an excellent opportunity for your children to participate in age-appropriate, engaging, and fun High Holiday activities while you are in services.
Our full schedule, including Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Elul observances, is posted here and will be updated regularly with any new developments.