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Approved at the November 23, 2021 Board Meeting
Updated on April 27, 2022

Temple Beth-El In-Person Guidelines for Services, Events and Food

Guidelines for In-Person Indoor Services and Events

  1. Number of attendees will be limited for indoor services and events to 50% capacity of the Sanctuary space, approximately 100 people.  Some events or services may have an increased in-person capacity.  These increases will be determined on a case by case basis by the TBE Board of Trustees.  Any in-person changes for a specific event or service will be publicized in advance.
  2. Except for persons currently leading the service (see paragraph 9), all attendees will remain masked during the service.
  3. Attendees who are vaccinated will be encouraged to sit in the middle section, where social distancing will not be required.
  4. Unvaccinated attendees and their household members or others who want to maintain social distancing will be seated in the side sections, the atrium, or the balcony, where they will be expected to socially distance by household.
  5. All attendees will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer when entering the building.
  6. Attendees will be asked not to hug or shake hands, and to maintain social distancing before, and after services or events.
  7. The choreography of Torah services will be adapted to minimize social contact (modified processional/recessional, no congregation of unrelated persons around the Torah, reduced honors). Hagbah/Gelilah and ark-opener/Torah bearer pairs will be from the same household whenever possible.
  8. Events will be abbreviated to try to keep the time spent together in an indoor space to about 2 hours.
  9. Speakers, readers, and leaders may be unmasked while on the bimah or at the scroll.  Those who are eligible to be unmasked must be fully vaccinated with booster shots, or have tested negative within 48 hours prior to the event.
  10. Anyone who is running a fever, or showing any COVID symptoms, will be asked not to enter the building or participate in outdoor gatherings until they are healthy.
  11. Virtual attendance will remain an option for all persons preferring this to in-person attendance and will be required of persons with COVID symptoms or without tracking details recorded.


Additional Guidelines for In-Person Outdoor Services and Events

  1. Masks may be worn at the discretion of the individual at outdoor events.
  2. Unless otherwise specified, the policies for outside events will be the same as those for indoor events, with attendance caps (if any) and distancing protocols as recommended by the Rabbi and Co-Presidents and approved by Board.
  3. If prayerbooks and a Torah Scroll are to be used, a plan must be in place to protect these from inclement weather.


Guidelines for Food Service for In-Person Events

  1. All food served at TBE events is expected to comply with the Temple’s kashrut standards, with the Temple’s rabbi the ultimate arbiter of what is permitted.
  2. On-site food preparation must be arranged through the office and coordinated with Sisterhood.  It should comply with TBE’s kitchen use guidelines and food safety protocols (including those concerning the disposition of leftovers).  Food preparation should also be in accordance with NYS Dept of Health guidelines for safe food preparation in times of COVID.
  3. Food service will resume on a restricted basis, with all food individually apportioned and consumed out of doors.
  4. Food may be served at in-person events in the following formats:
    1. Single serving take away packages (i.e. cookies, single serving baked goods, pre-packaged snacks).
    2. Drinks may be served if they are either pre-poured, or poured by a designated person.
    3. Food in large volumes such as challah, soups, salads, or entrees may be served if servings are pre-made on single serving plates, or served by a designated person.
  5. When possible, single use disposable plates, napkins and silverware will be used.



Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyyar 5782