Congregation Kol Ami 

2021 High Holy Days 5782


Rosh Hashanah Services

Evening Service                         Monday, September 6,                             7:30 PM

Morning Service                        Tuesday, September 7,                             9:30 AM

Shofar Service and Tashlich
at the Chemung River             Tuesday, September 7,                               4:00 p.m. 

Morning Service                        Wednesday, September 8                       9:30 AM



At the Franklin Street Cemetery

Join us to remember your beloved ones at our cemetery—

Memorial Service Sunday, September 12, 10:00 AM



At First Presbyterian Church and on Zoom

Evening Service                         Wednesday, September 15,                    7:30 PM

Morning Service                         Thursday, September 16,                        9:30 AM

Afternoon Service                      Thursday, September 16,                        4:30 PM

Yizkor and Ne’ila                         Thursday, September 16,                        5:15 PM

Fast Ends                                     Thursday, September 16,                        7:15 PM


All services will held at the First Presbyterian Church,

1054 W Clinton St, Elmira, NY 14905, and will be broadcast online.

To participate via Zoom, please register at

You’ll receive immediate confirmation with the Zoom link.


With everyone’s health and safety in mind, the Reopening Committee has been monitoring the latest local, state, and CDC Covid data, according to which, Chemung and Steuben counties are now at High risk for Covid-19 transmission.  Based on this information, the Reopening Committee recommended an update to our Coivd-19 policies and the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to enact this update for our High Holy Services.


Only vaccinated individuals can attend High Holy Days services in person with 2 exceptions: children under 12 and adults who provide proof (from an MD or DO) that they cannot be vaccinated.  Masks are required for all in attendance, except for the officiants who tested negative within 72 hours of the High Holy Day services.


Proof of vaccination should be sent to the CKA office before the High Holy Days.  If you have already sent in your proof of vaccination, you do not need to do it again; you only need to show proof of vaccination once.


As a reminder, Zoom services are open to anyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated.  Participation via Zoom requires registration. Please register at You’ll receive immediate confirmation with the Zoom link.


As published, High Holy Days services this year will be held in the Hoffman Great Room at First Presbyterian Church, 1054 W. Clinton Street. The 1stDay Shofar service will be held separately at the Grove street boat launch, when we gather for Tashlich at 4PM, September 7.


Holding High Holy Day Services at First Pres has many advantages.


  • It has comfortable, movable chairs that can be arranged in a way that can ensure social distancing.

  • The room is equipped with a projection screen, a state-of-the-art sound system, and internet connectivity that will allow us to easily conduct multi-access services for Roomers and Zoomers alike.

  • The Hoffman Great Room is air conditioned.  This is very desirable, since this year the High Holidays are in early September when it is likely to be hot and humid, especially when wearing masks.

  • The room has a MERV 10 air handling system.

  • The room will have no Christian religious symbols and we can bring our Torahs, bima reading table, and other items important to our services.

  • There is ample parking.

  • First Pres graciously offered us the use of the room free of charge, but of course we will find a way to show our appreciation.

The Reopening Committee and the Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our area and make changes to this policy as appropriate.


We wish you and your loved ones a Healthy and Happy New Year.


Shana Tova from the Board of Trustees of Congregation Kol Ami.

1008 W. Water St. Elmira, NY 14905

Shabbat Service Schedule:

Friday Evening Service - 7:30PM

Saturday Morning Service - 9:30AM

1008 W. Water St. Elmira, NY 14905
Phone: 607-732-7410