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Below please find our COVID-19 safety protocols as of August 4, 2022. Because the situation is ever-changing, this page may be updated without advance notice.

Our main goal in developing our policy is to re-energize in-person engagement that respects the fact that the pandemic has not ended, while empowering individuals to make the personal choices that reflect their willingness to take informed risks. Vaccines, coupled with the various therapeutics we now have, continue to prevent the vast majority of those who contract the virus from serious illness and hospitalization, which gives us a flexibility that we did not have at the start of this pandemic. 

 

HEALTH AWARENESS

It is critical that you monitor how you and your children are feeling before coming to Beth El. If you are experiencing any symptoms of ill health, you must not come to the building, even if people are relying on you to make a minyan, participate in a service or just to keep them company. Health for you and our community comes first, and we will adjust to your absence.

If you recently had Covid, please follow CDC guidelines with respect to returning to Beth El.

 

VACCINATION

Individuals 5 and older must be vaccinated in order to attend any event in the synagogue other than Nursery or Religious School. Proof of vaccination is no longer required; instead we are operating on an honor system. 

 

MASKING

Masks are optional at Beth El. This policy applies to all Synagogue operations, including Nursery and Religious Schools. We encourage those who feel more comfortable wearing a mask to do so. 

However, if you had Covid and have finished your period of isolation, as per CDC guidelines, you must wear a well fitting mask (N95 or KN95) through day 10. If you have been exposed to someone with Covid, you must wear a well fitting mask for 10 days following the last date of exposure, as per the CDC guidelines

 

SANCTUARY

Seating in the sanctuary is set in rows with adequate space between rows and aisles. Please be sensitive to those who are not comfortable sitting next to someone outside of their immediate household by first asking if it’s okay to sit next to them.

The wall separating the sanctuary from the Crystal Ballroom may be closed to foster a more intimate spiritual environment. 

A Torah processional will occur on Shabbat. We request that the congregation avoid crowding around the Torah and to maintain distance from those carrying the Torahs. 

Dancing while holding hands for a simcha is permitted. Please be mindful of the personal space of those not joining in dancing. We can't wait to celebrate together!

 

EATING INDOORS

We have resumed eating together indoors at Beth El. 

We will continue to monitor the Covid case numbers in our area and hospitalization rates and make any changes necessary to ensure the health of our community.

Mon, October 3 2022 8 Tishrei 5783