Prepared by Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky
Please note that this is not an official responsum of the CJLS.
The exigent circumstances of the Covid pandemic challenge Masorti communities on how to manage tefillot this Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. The CJLS has offered several optional formats for truncating and streamlining services.
Some of this guidance on abbreviated services applies year-round. Others pose questions specific to the High Holidays. The following paragraphs address one aspect of the choices facing synagogues on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. My conclusions here differ in some details from elements in the earlier versions (including one item cited in my name). See the CJLS guidance on Abbreviating Prayer Services for the High Holidays of 5781/2020, under the heading of Amidah Repetition/Hoikhe Kedushah.