Covid-19 Response & Resources

Temple Israel is taking Covid-19 very seriously.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Temple Israel community is staying safe, active and connected through a wide range of online, outdoor and (limited) indoor activities. Please check our calendar or read on for more information.

  • All Shabbat and holiday services are available on Zoom. Please contact the temple office to request the link or check the weekly bulletin.
  • Committee meetings, adult education classes, and any other events are also being held virtually on Zoom or Facebook Live.

Covid-19 Preparedness

Our goal is to provide a safe, healthy, and welcoming Jewish experience for our members. We are guided by the following Jewish principles: Safeguarding Life – Pikuah Nefesh, Extraordinary Moment – She’at Hadehak, Profound Love & Kindness – Hesed.

The plan incorporates:

  • Hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Infection prevention
  • Controls for social distancing
  • Housekeeping protocols
  • Logistics for daily operations
  • Communication and training
  • Management and supervision

Current Covid conditions are shown by the color of the Active tab below.

Coronavirus
GREEN
Daily case rate <1 per 100,000 population
Coronavirus
YELLOW
Daily case rate between 1 and 2 per 100,000 population
Coronavirus
ORANGE
Daily case rate between 2 and 7 per 100,000 population
Coronavirus
RED
Daily case rate >7 per100,000 population

Masks:

In the spirit of our Jewish values, Temple Israel relies on members and visitors to protect one another, especially those currently ineligible for vaccination.

At level GREEN:

  • Unvaccinated adults and children (over the age of 2) must wear masks covering mouth and nose when attending services/events in the building and when moving around the building.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals may choose to go mask-free.

Distancing:

Half of the Sanctuary will retain the 6-foot distancing markers (marked for household units) to
accommodate members whose vaccination status or preference dictates some physical
separation.

The other half of the Sanctuary will be open to allow individuals to choose their level of spacing according to their risk and comfort.

Refreshments:

food may be served pre-packaged or buffet-style.

 

Data for Rockingham, Strafford, & York counties is collected weekly from the “Covidactnow” website. Level 1 (GREEN): Daily case rate <1 per 100,000 population

Masks:

In the spirit of our Jewish values, Temple Israel relies on members and visitors to protect
one another, especially those currently ineligible for vaccination.

At level YELLOW:

  • All adults and children (over the age of 2) must wear masks covering mouth and nose when attending services/events in the building and when moving around the building.
  • Those who have difficulty wearing masks for extended periods of time for health reasons are asked to leave the Sanctuary or event room to take a private break before removing their mask.
  • Rabba Kaya and other fully vaccinated service leaders may be mask free on the Bimah while leading services.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals may remove their mask while actively reading on the Bimah (during an Aliyah, when reading Torah), removing it once on the Bimah and replacing it before stepping down.

YELLOW level only: As an additional option for those who struggle to wear masks for extended periods, fully vaccinated people may participate in the service from the balcony mask-free.

Distancing:

Half of the Sanctuary will retain the 6-foot distancing markers (marked for household units) to
accommodate members whose vaccination status or preference dictates some physical
separation.

The other half of the Sanctuary will be open to allow individuals to choose their level of spacing according to their risk and comfort.

Refreshments:

Oneg and kiddush may be served, with the following guidelines:

  • Food will be pre-packaged for attendees to collect from a buffet table, or will be served by volunteers or staff (no self-serve buffets).
  • Attendees are asked to queue or remain at a table to be served, rather than congregating at food tables.
  • Tables will be spaced at an appropriate distance. Congregants who are unvaccinated or at increased risk are encouraged to distance themselves.
  • Masks can be removed indoors for the purposes of eating but should be worn at all other times, including when moving around or collecting food.

 

Data for Rockingham, Strafford, & York counties is collected weekly from the “Covidactnow” website.  Level 2 (YELLOW): Daily case rate between 1 and 2 per 100,000 population

Masks:

In the spirit of our Jewish values, Temple Israel relies on members and visitors to protect one another, especially those currently ineligible for vaccination.

At levels YELLOW, ORANGE and RED:

  • All adults and children (over the age of 2) must wear masks covering mouth and nose when attending services/events in the building and when moving around the building.
  • Those who have difficulty wearing masks for extended periods of time for health reasons are asked to leave the Sanctuary or event room to take a private break before removing their mask.
  • Rabba Kaya and other fully vaccinated service leaders may be mask free on the Bimah while leading services.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals may remove their mask while actively reading on the Bimah (during an Aliyah, when reading Torah), removing it once on the Bimah and replacing it before stepping down.

Distancing:

Half of the Sanctuary will retain the 6-foot distancing markers (marked for household units) to
accommodate members whose vaccination status or preference dictates some physical separation.

The other half of the Sanctuary will be open to allow individuals to choose their level of spacing according to their risk and comfort.

Refreshments:

will not be served.

 

Data for Rockingham, Strafford, & York counties is collected weekly from the “Covidactnow” website. Level 3 (ORANGE): Daily case rate between 2 and 7 per 100,000 population

Masks:

In the spirit of our Jewish values, Temple Israel relies on members and visitors to protect one another, especially those currently ineligible for vaccination.

At levels YELLOW, ORANGE and RED:

  • All adults and children (over the age of 2) must wear masks covering mouth and nose when attending services/events in the building and when moving around the building.
  • Those who have difficulty wearing masks for extended periods of time for health reasons are asked to leave the Sanctuary or event room to take a private break before removing their mask.
  • Rabba Kaya and other fully vaccinated service leaders may be mask free on the Bimah while leading services.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals may remove their mask while actively reading on the Bimah (during an Aliyah, when reading Torah), removing it once on the Bimah and replacing it before stepping down.

Distancing:

Half of the Sanctuary will retain the 6-foot distancing markers (marked for household units) to accommodate members whose vaccination status or preference dictates some physical separation.

The other half of the Sanctuary will be open to allow individuals to choose their level of spacing according to their risk and comfort.

Refreshments:

will not be served.

 

Data for Rockingham, Strafford, & York counties is collected weekly from the “Covidactnow” website. Level 4 (RED): Daily case rate >7 per100,000 population

Review the Plan for Reconvening in Person

Resources & Updates

Livestream Services

Some Temple Israel events are being offered via live stream on our Facebook Page. No Facebook account is necessary.

Most services are held via Zoom. For Zoom information please contact the Temple Office.

Check our Calendar or This Week emails for the latest social distancing events and activities!

Learn more about using tech on Shabbat and holidays here.

Prayer book PDFs

Browse and download siddur pdfs – made available by the Rabbinical Assembly* – as well as Covid-specific prayers and resources on our Pray page!

Browse and Download Siddur PDFs

*These texts are kindly made available in this format by the publisher for the duration of the pandemic only. Pages printed at home which become damaged or are no longer in use should be brought to the temple office for proper disposal in the genizah (not recycled or thrown in the trash).

Covid Resources & Prayers

 

Guidance Documents from the Re-imagining Committee

The Re-imagining Committee presents the following documents outlining Temple Israel’s ongoing plans to mitigate the risk of disease transmission:

Updated Plan for Reconvening in Person (as of June 29, 2021)

Plan for Reconvening in Person (effective August 15, 2020, updated April 13, 2021)

Reopening FAQ

Statement of Responsibilities

Event Reservation & Planning Form

NEW 11-20-2020: Request Support from the Annual Fund  Committee chairs and event planners facing Covid-19-related expenses not covered in the budget should use this form to request support from the Annual Fund 2020 Drive. The Development Committee reviews support requests on a rolling basis.

Members are encouraged to contact the temple office with their thoughts, concerns, and questions. The Re-imagining Committee will be reviewing and updating these documents regularly.

Special note from the Tzedakah Committee:

The Tzedakah Committee is available to provide you with limited short-term support during difficult times.

Please notify Rabba Kaya if you need assistance for food, medicine, or help with a bill. She will forward your request to the Tzedakah Committee.

Email Rabba Kaya

 

Tech Help Offered!

TIP Religious School student Jordan Caracoglia’s Bar Mitzvah project involves helping the tech-challenged among us get up to speed. Need a Zoom tutorial or other tech help? Please click the link below to get in touch.

Contact Jordan via the temple office