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Friday Services

Friday, January 28, 2022 26 Shevat 5782

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      We are now several months into our in-person services.  The reasonable rules from 2021 have served us well.  These January 2022 rules reflect slight modifications from the originals to better reflect our current operations.  As before, they were designed to keep everyone safe. We will not admit anyone who does not comply with the rules, and we will ask anyone who fails to follow the rules during attendance to comply or leave. Even if you disagree with these rules, please understand that they have been developed through a collaborative effort of your fellow congregants, in conjunction with the assistance of an expert in infectious diseases. Compliance with the following rules is mandatory and applies to all in person attendance at services:
  • You must wear a mask that covers the nose & mouth at all times inside the building (extra masks are available in the lobby).  If conditions improve to allow for food consumption with safe distancing in designated areas, masks should still be worn when not eating or drinking.
  • For Torah honors, one person or couple at a time will be allowed on the bimah along with the Torah reader and clergy or other service leader. Honorees coming to the bimah will be sharing a common space used by others and MUST be vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated, do not volunteer, or otherwise assume this role. Honoree(s), while they are speaking or chanting, may lower or remove their mask(s).  Masks should be replaced immediately after the blessing and honoree(s) should move to the designated place on the bimah until the Torah reader has finished.  They may then go back to the Torah and recite the final blessing, after which they should replace the masks and go down from the bimah.  For safety, there should be no shaking of hands on the bimah or off.  Those serving as gabbaim will be situated in the seats to the side of bimah.
  • Practice social distancing, which means about 6 ft for the speaking and chanting involved in our Shabbat services. People who have previously agreed to sit together may do so. Do not sit immediately in front of or behind others.  Do not assume that anyone you have not expressly agreed with prior to the service wants you that close, and the service itself is not the time to ask them.
  • Please exercise restraint in projecting your voice to decrease the risk of distributing the virus.
  • Bathrooms can be used but only by one person at a time and avoid crowding in line. We ask that you refrain from crowding or close quarters inside the building.
  • Pre-registration is requested to help with planning.  If you forget, you can register in person.
  • If you have a kippah and tallit, please bring them. We will have them available if needed but ask that we limit communal sharing to the extent possible.
  • Do not attend if you are not feeling well or have any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.
  • Advise the Office Manager immediately if you subsequently test positive for COVID-19 or develop COVID-19 symptoms, so that others who attended can be advised that they may have been exposed. We will maintain your personal anonymity at your request.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are set up within the building - please use them.

*By registering for in person services, you are agreeing to the above guidelines. 

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