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As we welcome spring and the warmer weather, we want to update you on our plans regarding re-opening the building and resuming in person events.

This has been a long and difficult year for all of us. The separation from congregation, friends and family that has been necessary during this pandemic has taken away from us the human contact that feeds our neshamas (souls), giving us solace, joy and strength. Despite the obstacles, we have succeeded in finding ways to come together to celebrate, comfort and support each other through virtual gatherings of all kinds: for prayer, study, action, life cycle events and even socialization and schmoozing. 

All of the clergy, staff and leadership of the synagogue have gone above and beyond in creating these opportunities for connection. We are deeply gratified that so many of you have continued to engage with us online. Still, we all yearn for the time when we can once again be physically together, and one day even be able to shake hands and hug. 

As larger numbers become vaccinated, we expect that the number of cases of Covid in our community will continue to decline, and that it will gradually but increasingly be safe for us to gather. Our synagogue’s re-opening task force is constantly consulting the data and recommendations from the CDC to determine the best and safest way that we can begin to gather. 

For the next several weeks through June 5th, we are blessed to have a simcha, mostly Bar/Bat Mitzvot, in the Sanctuary most weeks. Therefore, our plan is that some form of in-person Shabbat morning services with pre-registration required will resume on Saturday, June 12 and continue every Shabbat when there is not a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. On Shabbatot when there is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, we will not open the synagogue to other congregants, so that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah family is able to have the maximum number of guests allowable. The next Shabbat morning Bar/Bat Mitzvah after early June is in late August.

We also plan to resume daily morning minyan on site in early June. Details for all services will be forthcoming as we begin to safely welcome you back to the building. As we re-open for Shabbat and daily minyan services, we will continue to follow all safety protocols and require pre-registration.

Every person may feel differently about their readiness to attend services in person. Some may prefer to continue with zoom services, and some may feel comfortable attending in person. Some may feel our re-entry process is too fast. Others may feel it is too slow. Please be patient with us as we seek to balance our collective desire to return with safeguarding your welfare and the welfare of other members and remember that these plans could change, in either direction, depending on the course of the pandemic. For that reason, we plan to update you often.  
 

PROTOCOLS FOR THE SYNAGOGUE DURING PANDEMIC
Protocols for Congregants and Guests in the Sanctuary
Protocols for Brises and Baby Namings
Protocols for Bar/Bat Mitzvah - as of April 10, 2021, the maximum number of in-person guests has increased to 70.
Protocols for Weddings
Protocols for Funerals and Shivas

Mon, May 10 2021 28 Iyyar 5781