Covid Precautions

Covid Precautions

Temple Israel takes the health of our congregants and Covid-19 very seriously.

At this time, everyone eligible to receive the vaccine is required to do so before attending High Holiday services at the synagogue. Everyone – including children and those who cannot receive the vaccine – will be required to wear masks when inside the synagogue buildings. 

You may provide your own masks. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

For our full reopening guidelines please see our Covid-19 Resource page.

Blessing for Putting On a Mask

What We're Doing to Mitigate Risks

The High Holidays Subcommittee has worked hard to develop a plan for High Holidays that welcomes as many members and guests as possible, while reducing the risks of Covid-19 infection through a combination of strategies.

All services will be accessible through Zoom or streaming for those who cannot be accommodated in person or who are concerned about possible exposure to Covid-19.

In view of rising infection rates, we have adopted the following in-person admittance policy for indoor High Holiday services. Plans are subject to change, given local conditions on the service dates.

  • All attendees age 12 or above must provide proof of vaccination, preferably in advance.
  • Children ages 2-12 may accompany their parents.
  • Children under age 2, who cannot be expected to wear masks, should not be brought to indoor services at this time.
  • All attendees (including all children) must wear masks at all times indoors, with an exception for the person(s) leading from the bimah.
  • Seating will be assigned in advance to allow for adequate distance between groups.
  • A family seating area can be designated for families with children.
  • Weather permitting, windows will be open in the sanctuary and fans will be on to ensure that the air is refreshed.
  • No food or drink will be offered indoors.
  • Anyone experiencing cold or flu symptoms should attend remotely rather than in person.