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August 5, 2021 in General
As we have throughout the pandemic, Beth El continues to listen to science, follow the advice of our COVID Task Force, and make decisions based on data. Most importantly, we continue to be guided by our sacred obligation to keep our community safe. Given rising COVID case numbers and the upcoming High Holidays, the Beth El COVID Task Force has determined the following protocols that are effective immediately. Please take a moment to read this important update on COVID protocols at Beth El.
Vaccine Requirements: Effective immediately, all indoor services and programs at Beth El and Beth El-sponsored events at other indoor locations (including private homes) will be limited to participants who are fully vaccinated or under age 12. Beth El is committed to protecting all congregants, including young families. Beth El looks to the congregation for honesty and respect for one another and will not require proof of vaccination at this time. Information on vaccine availability in our area can be found here.
Masking: Masks will continue to be required when inside the building except when actively eating or drinking or speaking from the bimah.
Upcoming B’nai Mitzvah: Beth El’s vaccination and masking requirements apply to all in-person attendees for upcoming b’nai mitzvah. Rabbi Harris has been in touch with b’nai mitzvah families directly and shared additional details pertaining to their simcha.
Religious School and Preschool: Beth El’s masking requirements apply to all students and teachers. Vaccination requirements apply to all students and teachers age 12 and older. The Religious School and Preschool will be in touch with enrolled families with additional information regarding back-to-school plans, online options, and COVID protocols in the classrooms and related to drop-off, pick-up, and family programs.
As the pandemic continues to evolve, so will we. Our COVID Task Force will continue to meet and provide updated recommendations as necessary. On a personal note, we want to take a moment to thank the members of the Task Force for their time and commitment to the Beth El community. These decisions are not easy and their recommendations are thorough, balanced, and made with great care.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Henry Feller.
Rabbi Greg Harris
Rabbi Deborah Megdal
Hazzan Asa Fradkin
Henry Feller, Executive Director
Jill Rider, President