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Covid Protocols

Click here for some data from our reopening committee on the current COVID situation.

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, creating an exact timeline for resuming “normal” operations is not feasible.  We will continue to monitor applicable state and local guidance, practices within the Jewish community, and surrounding religious and non-religious organizations to determine next steps for reopening services, programs, in-office staff operations, and outside events.

                                           The success of our Reopening action plan relies on how well everyone follows social distancing and health and safety protocols. 

                                                  As such, the following protocols have been implemented to ensure your health and safety. Please bring any concerns regarding the following protocols to the Reopening team.     

  • To ensure that we can gather in-person in the safest possible manner, and for the health and safety of our clergy, staff, congregants, and visitors, all those eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (currently, those ages 5 and older) will be required to be vaccinated in order to attend in-person services, programs, and events at Temple Israel.

  • Pre-registration required for all programs, events, services, etc.

  • Visits to the Synagogue Office are by appointment only. Please complete request form online or call the office prior to coming to the building.

  • Upon entry to the synagogue every individual must sign in for contact tracing (if it is Shabbat or Yom Tov we will ask someone from Maintenance to be on site to fill them out on our behalf).

  • Hand sanitizer use – Sanitizer stations are spread around the building and should be used regularly.

  • Guests will be reminded that if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms or have been exposed to please remain home until it is safe to return.

  • Anyone over the age of two, who is medically able, is required to wear a mask within the building. Extras are available in the office as needed.

  • Bathroom stalls and faucets have been set to every other for social distancing measures.

  • Sanitation is consistently done frequently during the day throughout the building.

  • Drinking fountains will be turned off to avoid use. Members and staff are encouraged to bring their own water bottles when entering the building for any reason.

  • Upon entry to the sanctuary for services guests will find one-way signage to go through Founders Hall and proceed through West Wing to enter the sanctuary. Guests will exit through the side closest to the Rabbis Lectern (up the ramp to Presidents Hall).

  • Guests will be asked to sit every other row unless they are sitting with family who reside in the same household. We will ask guests to stay 6 feet away from others whether praying, walking, working, or otherwise engaged.

  • Guests will be asked to avoid contact with others whenever possible (e.g., handshakes, hugs).

  • Follow any posted signage regarding COVID-19 social distancing practices

  • Our maintenance team has explored how to increase the filtration in our building’s ventilation system, consistent with engineering requirements. We are fully compliant with the system we have.

Fri, January 28 2022 26 Shevat 5782