Service Schedule, COVID protocols updated for January 2022

Dear B’ShERT Family,

We hope you all are well and staying safe. As we approach the secular new year, we wanted to make sure that you’re aware of the following temporary adjustments to how we worship and learn together:

All Friday night services, including this Friday (December 31st), will take place on Zoom only at 8 p.m. This change will continue through the first week in March, coinciding with Rabbi Hoover’s return from sabbatical. (Please note that poetry study will be held this Friday at 7 p.m. but will then be suspended until March.)

All Saturday services through the end of January will take place at 11 a.m. on Zoom.

Rabbi Pinsky will be leading Friday and Saturday services during Rabbi Hoover’s sabbatical.

When Religious School returns from break on January 4th, classes will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Zoom through at least the end of January.

In mid-January, the Reopening Committee will re-evaluate the COVID data and decide whether Religious School and Saturday services can safely resume in-person in February.

B’Yachad will continue to take place on Zoom every Saturday at 10 a.m.

In addition to these changes, we have formalized a number of COVID protocols and notification procedures for anyone who enters our building, including members, guests, and staff. Some of these protocols, such as mandatory mask-wearing and required proof of vaccination, have been in place in our temple for some time. Others are common-sense protocols that most of us have encountered in our workplace, in medical offices and in other venues.

  • Face coverings must be worn in the building at all times.
  • Proof of full vaccination is required.That includes a booster for all who are eligible.
  • Stay home if you are not well.
  • Notify the temple office by phone AND email if you or your child have been in the building and then test positive for COVID. (We are requiring both phone and email to ensure that we receive the message promptly even when the Temple office is closed.) The date of the positive COVID test must be provided when reporting the case to the office.
  • We will notify the congregation when a positive case is reported. A decision regarding logistical changes to Shabbat Services or Religious School will be made following consultation with the rabbis and temple leadership.
  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID must supply proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than one day before returning to the synagogue.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work together to keep our community safe. Here’s to a healthy, safe and less perilous 2022 for all of us.

Best,

Adrienne Knoll
President, B’ShERT

Phyllis Schweiger
Chair, Reopening Committee