We are nearing the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. As such, we kindly ask that anyone looking to join us completes the High Holidays signup form. Services will be held at the Ocean Beach Community House this year and we have once again hired a professional Baal Tefilah and Baal Tokeiah to lead services and provide a true Rosh Hashana experience right here on Fire Island. This form is intended to be submitted once per family/party and include all names of individuals in your family/party that will be attending any of the services. Please review the email address you enter into the form for accuracy. This will ensure that you receive a confirmation email which will include an Edit Responses button in case you need to edit any responses following submission.

Seating

  • If you are an immediate family member in a house that has contributed our minimum suggested dues of $1,800 per season, your Rosh Hashana seats are guaranteed and included.
  • For all other guests, our modest charge for Rosh Hashana seating is $150 per person, capped at $360 per family. Please click here to purchase seats in addition to completing the signup form. Please select “Rosh Hashana Seating” and enter the names of all planned participants.

Please note that most synagogues rely on high holiday campaigns to help fund their operations and the Fire Island Minyan (FIM) sanctuary is generally able to accommodate the needs of current FIM dues-paying members. Organizing Rosh Hashanah in Fire Island it is a huge undertaking both financially and physically.  Relocating services from the FIM to the Ocean Beach Community House for Rosh Hashanah typically becomes the responsibility of 5 or 6 members.  Before the holiday, it requires relocation of the Sifrei Torah, Machzorim, Seforim, Taleseim, Aron Hakodesh, cleaning and setting up the Community house, arranging a Bima and building of a Mechitza. Following the holiday we need to disassemble, collect and pack and return the FIM belongings (in the dark), restore the Community House and FIM, and only then, are we in a position to join our families to travel back to the mainland. It’s no easy task.

In addition to relocating to provide additional seating to all guests and visitors, as noted above, we have hired a professional Baal Tefilah and Baal Tokeiah to lead services and provide a true Rosh Hashana experience right here on Fire Island. This is a costly endeavor.

Covid-19 Policy

Please note that the Fire Island Minyan is strictly abiding by NY Department of Health COVID-19 protocols. As such, individuals aged 12+ that are not fully vaccinated, or whose vaccination status is unknown, are required to be fully masked and maintain 6 feet distancing at all times. Our ability to accommodate the 6 foot distancing requirements indoors for such individuals is not known at this time. As such, we are inquiring as to the vaccination status of all registrants, as well as requesting proof of vaccination to be sent to [email protected] for those who have not previously submitted such proof. For those requiring 6 foot distancing indoors, we will provide further details in the coming weeks as we become aware of such demand and our ability to accommodate. Children under the age of 12 are required to be masked and may accompany and be seated with a vaccinated adult. We thank you for your adherence to these policies.

Update as of 9/2/21: Per the Board of the FIM, all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) attending services at the Ocean Beach Community House are required to be masked while indoors at all times. We kindly ask that you bring a personal machzor and talit if you have one to ensure that we have sufficient machzorim and taleitim for those who require them.

Rosh Hashana 5782 (2021) Schedule

  • Monday, September 6, 2021
    • Candle Lighting – 6:58pm
    • Hatarat Nedarim/Mincha/Maariv – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021
    • Shacharit – 9am (Shofar around 11am)
    • Tashlich – 6pm at the Ocean Beach Marina and simultaneously in Seaview on “H” Street at the Bay
    • Mincha/Maariv – 7:00pm
    • Candle Lighting – After 7:56pm
  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021
    • Shacharit – 9am (Shofar around 11am)
    • Mincha/Maariv – 7:00pm
    • Yom Tov Ends – 7:54pm 

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur falls out on Wednesday night and Thursday, September 15-16, 2021. Services will be held if there is sufficient demand and we can guarantee a quorum for all services. As Yom Kippur is mid-week this year, it is unclear at this time whether there is such demand. As such, we kindly request you to complete the signup form and let us know if you desire to join us for Yom Kippur. Updates will be posted to the website and sent out via email to the Google Group.

Sukkot

Fire Island Minyan will be hosting services throughout the days of Chag Sukkot and Simchat Torah. A signup form will be sent out as Sukkot nears. The dates for 2021 are as follows:

  • Eve of Monday, September 20 through Wednesday, September 22
  • Eve of Monday, September 27 through Wednesday, September 29

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year. Chtiva v’Chatima l’Tova.