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Covid-19 Response

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines 

Our commitment to providing a COVID-safe setting for prayer and synagogue activities now requires that we update our mask-wearing policy. We will once again require that masks be worn by all those entering the building. Additionally, only fully-vaccinated people (excluding children under 12 and those with a medical exemption) are allowed to enter the building. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding with our policy changes. We are striving to have these policies reflect the changing infection rates, along with particular attentiveness to families with unvaccinated children.

As a community, we want to encourage those congregants who haven’t yet received their vaccine, and who are eligible, to please consider getting vaccinated. Receiving the vaccine will help us ensure the protection, health, and safety of all our community members. To be considered fully vaccinated, you have received all required shots per the vaccine manufacturer and are 14 days past when the last shot was administered. 

As we continue to update our COVID guidelines, you can find the latest guidance from our Medical Advisory Committee on our website here

If you have any other questions regarding our Covid-19 policies, please be sure to reach out to the Temple Israel Office staff by email TempleOffice@tisharon.org or call 781-784-3986. 


 

COVID-19 FAQ

Question: Do I need to pre-register to come to services?

Answer:  No. We are not requiring any registration for attending Shabbat and daily minyan services. 

Question: Do we need to socially distance indoors? What about outdoors?

Answer:  We are asking all to maintain distance (3 feet) between chairs and in groups standing inside and outside. 

Question: Are there any capacity limits in the building? 

Answer: No, we are not limited to numbers but are encouraging and maintaining 3 feet distance between individuals (pods) during services and in meetings/events. In social gatherings, where you are standing, please keep 3 feet distance between all individuals.  

Question: Do I need to be vaccinated to come to Temple? 

Answer: Yes, we require that all individuals coming to the Temple must be fully vaccinated*. Unvaccinated individuals under 12 or with a medical condition that precludes vaccination are allowed into the building.   Additionally, masks are required for everyone who comes into the building except that children under the age of 2 are exempt from wearing masks. 

For drop off/pickup for Hertz Nursery School, you are REQUIRED to be masked in the building. 

This is an honor system; we will not be checking to see your vaccination card.

*To be considered fully vaccinated, you have received all required shots per the vaccine manufacturer and are 14 days past when the last shot was administered.  

Question: Do I need to wear a mask indoors? What about outdoor events?

Answer: Yes. Masks are REQUIRED for all who enter the building. Masks must cover your nose and mouth. Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask.  

If the event is outdoors, unvaccinated individuals MUST Wear masks and maintain a social distance of 3 feet. Fully vaccinated people may choose not to wear a mask outside.  

Question: How do services look different from before?

Answer: Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been adjusting our practices to reflect the changing nature of the health situation. Currently, our practices are as follows:

  • We will not be placing a limit on the duration of services. 
  • We will not be allowing a Torah processional around the sanctuary; we ask that the Torah stays on the Bimah the entire time of the Torah service. 
  • Individuals who are called up for an Aliyah are allowed to touch and kiss the Torah. Individuals should step back from the Torah after saying the brachot (blessings) while the ba'al korei (Torah reader) reads. After your Aliyah, please leave space between you, the gabbai and the next person who has the Aliyah.
  • At the end of services, the Kiddish and Motzi will be allowed to be done from the bimah. Only the rabbi/service leader will be able to drink and eat on the bimah. 
  • The service leader must wear a mask while davening (praying)  

Doors to outside will not be kept open during services/programs. This is to ensure the physical safety of our congregants and building. 

Question: Are we able to eat food inside the Temple? 

Answer: No, food is not allowed to be eaten indoors. All food must be pre-packaged, individual servings and must be eaten outside only.

 

 

 

July 1, 2021

Welcome Back Home—Temple Israel Re-opening & Covid Policies

Our plan for services, in response to feedback we have received from many of you – and subject, of course, to advice from our Medical Advisory Committee – is to move forward with both in-person and Zoom options. 

Phase One:  Now - July 7

  • Shabbat services are in person. Kabbalat Shabbat begins at 6:15 on Friday evenings, Shabbat morning starts at 9am, and mincha is at 5pm. While Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning will also be streamed online, only those in the building will be counted for minyan at all Shabbat services.
  • Saturday night ma’ariv and Havdallah will be only on Zoom. 
  • Sunday morning minyan is held in person, in Founders Hall, at 9am, and will be streamed. Only those in the building will be counted for minyan
  • The decision to hold services outside will vary week to week. Depending on the weather and the health concerns of our service leaders and Torah readers, all or a portion of our services will be inside the sanctuary.

Phase TwoJuly 8-30

  • Evening minyan will meet in person and be streamed; only those at the synagogue will be counted toward a minyan)
  • Monday and Thursday morning minyan, with Torah reading, will take place in Founders Hall and be streamed. Only those at the synagogue will be counted toward a minyan. 
  • Shabbat mincha (and ma’ariv and havdalah) will be held in Founders Hall. Check the calendar for each week’s timing. 

Phase Three: Beginning August 1

  • All services are in-person. Only those in the synagogue will be counted for minyan, although all services (except Shabbat mincha) will also be streamed. 

All who feel comfortable attending services in person, please join us at Temple Israel! We are so excited to be able to see one another in person. We plan to continue offering services virtually for those who prefer it. Our High Holy Day plan assumes that many of you will not be ready to return to the building.

COVID POLICIES for Temple Israel, effective June 1, 2021

In accordance with current Massachusetts and CDC guidance, and in response to the state’s high vaccination rate and low number of COVID cases, the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) has provided updated guidance for Temple Israel this summer. This new guidance seeks to protect our older congregants and respect the sensibilities of our community by implementing a “slower return to normal” than what is allowed (e.g., some social distancing indoors; no communal eating).

We encourage all who are eligible to please consider getting vaccinated to help us ensure the protection, health and safety of all of our community members. To be considered fully vaccinated, you have received all required shots per the vaccine manufacturer and are 14 days past when the last shot was administered. 

We will not ask members to show proof of vaccination. In using an honor system, we hope all take to heart the health, safety and wellbeing of our community members. For some who are fully vaccinated, masks and social distancing remain a personal choice and we support that. Hand sanitizing stations will remain in place and their frequent use is encouraged.

Over time, we expect to reduce the requirements further. Please reach out to the MAC members, clergy or Temple Israel staff with any questions or concerns. 

Outdoor Activities:

  1. No pre-registration required.
  2. No capacity limits. 
  3. Masking: Unvaccinated individuals are ENCOURAGED to wear masks when outside if they cannot maintain distance from others. Masks and social distancing remain a personal choice for those who are fully vaccinated and are encouraged.
  4. Social Distancing: No requirement; chairs may be next to one another.
  5. Food: Pre-packaged, individual servings.

 

Indoor Activities:

  1. No pre-registration required.
  2. No capacity limits, but will be dictated by social distancing requirements (#4)
  3. Masking: OPTIONAL for fully vaccinated persons but REQUIRED for everyone else. Masks and social distancing remain a personal choice for those who are fully vaccinated and are encouraged.
  4. Social Distancing: 3 feet or 1 row between each pod. 
  5. Air flow: Doors to outside will be open during services / programs.
  6. Service Duration: No limit.
  7. Bimah participants: Gabbi and aliyot may be next to the reader (with masks covering the nose and mouth if not vaccinated).
  8. Kissing the Torah on bimah: Allowed.
  9. Processional: Not yet.
  10. Food: Pre-packaged, individual servings. Must be eaten outside.
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