COVID PROTOCOLS

As per Rabbi Kalmanofsky’s email (scroll down for the full text), we have strengthened our Covid protocols:

Preregistration: We are requiring preregistration to attend Shabbat morning services on December 25 and January 1. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so please submit your requests early. (Submitting the request is not itself confirmation that you have a spot. The office will send separate confirmation.) All attendees must upload proof of vaccination. We will not admit walk-ins without pre-registration, even if you bring your vaccine card. If you did not register, please do not come. Click here to register to attend services.

Vaccines: All in-person attendees aged 12+ should be fully vaccinated. With the boosters now available, please consider yourself fully vaccinated only if your most recent Pfizer or Moderna shot was within the last six months, or your most recent Johnson and Johnson shot was within the last two months. Children 5-15, not yet eligible for boosters, can attend with proof of receiving all vaccines for which they are eligible, meaning two shots at least two weeks ago. Kids in that age bracket should maintain extra distance from other attendees. Children under 5 should please not attend. If your most recent shots were longer ago than those dates, please consider yourself in need of an additional vaccine to attend in person.

Masks: Please remain masked while in the synagogue building. Until the rates decline again, we will ask everyone – including those leading prayers, reading Torah or taking speaking roles – to remain masked throughout.

Seating: Sanctuary services are now limited to 50 attendees, who must preregister here. Seating will be in designated places maintaining social distancing. M’at services have a capacity limit of 58 people, and are maintaining a 3-foot social distance between people not in the same pod. Please respect the rules of whichever minyan you attend services with, and be conscious of the fact that some people are warier than others.

Ventilation: Windows will be open in the davvening spaces. Please bring coats since it may get cold.


Full text of Rabbi Kalmanofsky’s email:

Dear Friends,

Given the disturbing rise in Covid, we are altering attendance protocols for the next two Shabbatot, while still maintaining in-person services.

For the next two Shabbat mornings, December 25 and January 1, services in the Sanctuary will be limited to 50 attendees, who must preregister here. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so please submit your requests early. (Submitting the request is not itself confirmation that you have a spot. The office will send separate confirmation.)

All attendees must upload proof of vaccination, meaning they have received a booster shot at least two weeks ago.

Children 5-15, not yet eligible for boosters, can attend with proof of receiving all vaccines for which they are eligible, meaning two shots at least two weeks ago. Kids in that age bracket should maintain extra distance from other attendees. Children under 5 should please not attend.

All attendees must remain masked at all times. Seating will be in designated places, maintaining more social distancing than we have become accustomed to in the last few months.  Please do not attend if you have any symptoms at all of illness, even just a stuffy nose.

We ask your cooperation and patience as we try to maintain in-person davvening along with safety standards. We will not admit walk-ins without pre-registration, even if you bring your vaccine card. If you did not register, please do not come.

Morning services will remain accessible via the Livestream on the AnscheChesed.org website and via the Zoom link at AnscheChesed.org/ShabbatService. Services will begin at 9:45 am and will be somewhat abbreviated. (We will begin with Bareku and omit Musaf but will read the full Torah and Haftarah portions.)

The Rabbi Jules Harlow Parsha Study class will meet at the Zoom link at 8:45 am.

On Friday, December 24, Kabbalat Shabbat Services will take place at the Zoom link at 5:30 pm.

Thank you to our staff, officers, and especially our medical advisors for helping us develop these policies, which necessarily will evolve as conditions change.

Warmest wishes and Shabbat Shalom,

Jeremy Kalmanofsky