Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Are you planning to attend any High Holiday services in person this year?” Of the 348 people who responded, 55% said they would not be attending in-person services, but would participate online or on their own at home. Slightly more than a quarter of respondents (27%) said they were planning to attend services inside a building, while 3% said they would attend services in person, but only outdoors. About 8% of respondents said they were not planning to attend services in person, but they usually don’t participate in High Holiday services anyway. Sixty people submitted comments. A few follow.
I don’t feel comfortable taking my child, who is too young to be vaccinated, into a public place.
This survey is missing an important option: “I would attend an outdoor service if finding one wasn’t so difficult.”
With the Delta variant on the rise, I don’t think in-person services are prudent. I wish more advance planning had occurred to permit outdoor services which would have provided a safer alternative.
99.5-plus survival rate of corona for anyone under 70. Early treatment stops symptoms and restores health. No need for me to be afraid of going to shul. Or anywhere else.
If you asked me in June, I’d be inside, but not with the spiking COVID-19 numbers.
I will be inside and wearing a mask with only vaccinated adults.
I never enjoyed the experience when it was 100% safe to attend. I do not think that I will go out of my way and risk the Delta variant just so I can fall asleep to my rabbi’s overly-long sermon.
I have had my shots, but not willing to risk attending.
It is a big loss not going to services. I cannot get into the feeling on the iPad. I miss the people. I miss my normal life, which will never be again. We will or do have a new normal.
Ever since COVID and ZOOM, I lost my passion for participating in services. Prior to the pandemic I was a regular and read from the Torah at Shabbat services almost weekly. PJC