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'Services, but not shul': How Orthodox communities are preparing for a pandemic High Holiday season


September 11, 2020

Chairs are set up for a socially distanced service at the Young Israel of Toco Hills in Atlanta.

(JTA) - Less than two miles away from the Center for Disease Control's campus in Atlanta, where doctors and researchers prepare guidance for the nation's coronavirus response, an Orthodox rabbi is preparing a different set of plans.

Rabbi Adam Starr's task: how to accommodate hundreds of people for in-person services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during a pandemic.

To keep congregants safe, he's dramatically shortening the services, which can run for most of the day under normal circumstances, to limit the duration of potential virus exposure that any worshipper might encounter.

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