DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

Muenchrath A

Dear Temple Members,

After a year of staying home and worshipping together virtually we are happy to announce that on April 16th we will begin to implement a return to in person services at the Temple. With more and more of our most vulnerable congregants receiving the vaccine for COVID-19, including Rabbi Kaufman, our Temple Board felt that this was the right time to partially resume in person services. Starting on the 16th we will begin holding in-person Friday evening Shabbat services for members only with an attendance limit along with social distancing and masking requirements. While we encourage all our congregants to get vaccinated, being vaccinated will not be a requirement for joining us for services. Right now, RSVP is required to attend. In future weeks, the attendance limit may be higher, but we are beginning carefully.

We will continue to stream Friday evening services via Zoom and Facebook Live as well. In this way we can continue to protect those who have not received the vaccine and serve those who wish to remain home. Other services, including Saturday morning Torah study and services, will remain virtual for now.

Please use your best judgement before deciding if you want to join us for services, and we ask that everyone who does decide to join us abide by the following steps to ensure we are able to create a safe environment.

  • RSVP if you plan to attend by Friday afternoon no later than 3:00 PM. You can RSVP by contacting the Temple office at 274-4679 or office@templebnaijeshurun.com. At this time we plan to limit attendance to 50 people, and space may fill up and those who RSVP first will be given priority.
  • Always wear a mask and maintain proper social distance.
  • Use hand sanitizer when you enter and exit the building.
  • Sign in with the greeter so that contact tracing can be done if needed.
  • Enter the building through the main entrance for the lower level by the Temple offices.

At this time, services will take place in the social hall. No food or drinks will be served before or after services or be allowed in the building. Chairs will be set up in rows 7 feet apart and each chair in a row will be 3 feet apart. Families may group chairs from a row together so they can sit as a unit. We will have multiple air purifiers running and may open windows if weather permits.

We are looking at the possibility of outdoor services, but as you may know doing outdoor services come with unique logistical and technological challenges. If we decide to do any services outside, we will give ample prior notice so that everyone can prepare.

At this time no definitive plans have been made for the High Holidays, but we will let you know those plans as soon as we are able.

We are grateful that we will be able to come together on the 16th and hope that this will be the first step in a new journey. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Thanks and Be Well,

David Muenchrath