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Rabbi Rachael Bregman stands outside of Temple Beth Tefilloh in Brunswick. Bregman will teach a class on how to write a spiritual manifesto for the new year.

Last year, Rabbi Rachael Bregman marked Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year celebration, surrounded by light, song and congregants at Temple Beth Tefilloh in Brunswick. It will be a very different scene this year as the sun sets Friday.

Crowds will not be gathered at the historic synagogue, nor will their halls overflow with food and fellowship as the High Holy Days commence. Like so many things, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Bregman to recast the observance this year, opting instead for virtual services to ensure the safety of temple members.

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