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As we are all aware, Covid-19 case numbers, including in our area, are skyrocketing. It still seems that people who are vaccinated are not suffering from significant symptoms, and hospitalizations continue to remain low. However, we do not yet know the significance of the spread on people's health, particularly with the scientific community still studying the Omicron variant, including its severity. 

Below please find our COVID-19 safety protocols as of December 16, 2021. Because the situation is ever-changing, this page may be updated without advance notice.

 

HEALTH AWARENESS

It is critical that you monitor how you and your children are feeling before coming to Beth El. If you, or anyone in your immediate household, 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.

 

VACCINATION

Individuals 12 and older must submit proof that they have received two vaccinations or one J&J vaccine, and that two weeks have passed since their last shot. Children ages 5-11 must submit proof of one vaccination. This requirement does not apply to attend Religious School or Nursery School. However, children 5 and older must submit proof of vaccination in order to attend any event in the synagogue other than school. 

Please upload your vaccine card HERE or be prepared to show it at the door when you come to Beth El so that we can record your vaccination status. Proof of vaccination must be submitted by January 7th. Please be mindful that on Shabbat we do not permit the use of electronics, so if you have not uploaded the card (the preferred method) you should bring your physical card when coming for Shabbat services.

Acceptable proof is the Excelsior PassExcelsior Pass Plus, SMART Health Cards issued outside of New York State, full-course vaccination through NYC COVID Safe app, a CDC Vaccination Card, or other official immunization record. 

 

MASKING

All people over the age of 2, while inside the building, must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose, regardless of vaccination status. 

Any individual may attend outdoor services and programs without a mask, including unvaccinated children. Anyone attending an outdoor service or program must have a mask available to them to wear if they need to enter the building to use the restroom or for any other reason.

After January 7th, our clergy and prayer/song leaders/Torah readers will once again be permitted to remove their masks when on the Bima/Bima extension. This will allow our community to feel most connected to our services and programming and maintain the safest possible environment for our congregation and guests.

 

SANCTUARY

The majority of chairs are arranged in pods. 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 someone in the same pod. 

A section of chairs allowing for group seating are arranged closer together while maintaining numerous aisles. 

The wall separating the sanctuary from the Crystal Ballroom may be closed to foster a more intimate spiritual environment. The doors to the Sukkah Garden remain open to ensure adequate ventilation. 

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

Our medical task force has advised that we pause indoor food service at Beth El, including Kiddush lunch, for a short period of time as we learn more. Therefore, until January 8th, we will not be serving food at Beth El as we take the time to learn more about the increase in transmission in Westchester County and the severity of symptoms and hospitalizations for those infected. We are hopeful that, unless there is a compelling reason not to, we will once again break bread together and celebrate upcoming simchas with festive meals very soon. 

Sat, January 29 2022 27 Shevat 5782