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As we are all aware, COVID-19 case numbers, including in our area, are rising. It still seems that people who are vaccinated are not suffering from significant symptoms, and hospitalizations continue to remain low. 

Below please find our COVID-19 safety protocols as of April 7, 2022. 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 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 or have been in close contact (were less than 6 feet away with an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) please follow CDC guidelines here with respect to returning to Beth El.

 

VACCINATION

Individuals 5 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 in order to attend any event in the synagogue other than school. This requirement does not apply to attend Religious School or Nursery School.

In order to enter Beth El for non-school related activities, proof of booster shots for those eligible must have been uploaded or must be shown at the door for entry. (See this CDC fact sheet explaining who is currently eligible).

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. 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 Pass, Excelsior 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

Masks are optional at Beth El. This policy applies to all Synagogue operations, including Nursery and Religious Schools.

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.

 

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

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.

Sun, June 26 2022 27 Sivan 5782