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Central Jersey shul features stadium seating

Did a Somerset County ballpark set a record for largest socially distant outdoor minyan on Yom Kippur? About 1,000 congregants from Temple Har Shalom, a Reform congregation in Warren, spread throughout the TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater Township for Yom Kippur services. The worshippers were able to sit socially distanced but also to see each other.

Josh Kalafer, a member of Temple Har Shalom, and his family own the Somerset Patriots, an independent baseball squad in the Atlantic League with no affiliation to any Major League team.

“It’s one of the most meaningful things we’ve ever been a part of,” Kalafer told WABC.

The ballpark has a capacity of 6,100.

The congregation’s Rabbi Randi Musnitsky told WABC, “I think of our ability here at Temple Har Shalom to be able to hit the ball out of the park even though it was a curve ball, it’s a reminder to all of us that no matter what comes our way, we can make the best of it.”

JTA

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