2021 High Holiday Safety Precautions

Your CBI Family is looking forward to celebrating the start of the New Year together. 5782 has got to be a less complicated year than the one we are leaving behind, right? Some of us will be on zoom, some of us will be in the shul, some of us will do a little of this and a little of that… whichever way you choose to join us, we are thrilled to be together, safe and healthy. Here is what you need to know:

  • All attendees (all ages) must be either vaccinated or have had a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours. This is an honor system policy.
  • If you are experiencing any signs of illness, or have been exposed to someone in the past 14 days that has tested positive for COVID, then please do not come to shul. This is an honor system policy.
  • Masks will be required at all times while in the building. This is a policy that will be enforced on site.
  • Seating will be arranged throughout the entire building and distanced such that each household is set appr. 6’ from others. Please do not move chairs around. This is a policy that will be enforced on site.
  • Available seating in the sanctuary will be marked on the benches with a number. Please sit in a spot that has a number that corresponds to the size of your party. If you are a group of 3, then look for a spot that says ‘3-4’, if you are a group of 6, then look for a ‘5+’ There will be ushers to assist you in finding an available seat.
  • Because the sanctuary will extend to include the lobby and social hall, there will be outdoor tents set up for kibbitzing & those needing to take a break from services. Please be respectful of others by keeping all socializing and conversations outside in the designated areas.
  • We will have the fan on at all times to keep the air circulating. If you are prone to being chilly, you may want to bring a sweater.
  • It is crucial that you register for the services that you plan to attend. We are doing everything possible to ensure that we have enough seating for everyone that wants to attend AND we need to know who is here and
    when, should we need to alert you about a COVID concern. We have already had one such situation and the registration list was the only way for us to know who was here.
  • All* of our services will be accessible on zoom for those of you who opt to join us from home. Additional microphones have been purchased to enhance the sound quality for you. The only services that will not be on
    zoom will be the afternoon outdoor Shofar & Tashlich service and the Youth Services.
  • If you plan to participate in observance with us from home, and you did return your Mahkzor from last year, then please contact the office to arrange a time to come borrow a mahkzor.
  • If you did not return your Mahkzor from last year, then please plan to bring it with you when you come to services this year. We will not have enough books otherwise.
  • There will be an outdoor Shofar & Tashlich service on the afternoon of day 1 Rosh Hashanah. Please bring your own lawn chair and sunscreen. This is an all-ages brief service and everyone is invited. It will be immediately followed by the youth-led service which is again open to the entire congregation.
  • Guests wishing to join us for the holidays are welcome and should contact the office by Friday September 3rd . They will be sent this same list of policies.
  • There will be a tent out front with nametags, calendars and greeters-please stop by to say hello!
  • We ask you to please not congregate by the front door to allow for our security team to best be able to do their jobs.
  • It is our hope that these current plans will allow those of us that want to gather in-person to do so safely. We will continue to assess our plan and make adjustments as seem prudent.

An early L’Shana Tova to you all,
Rochelle Reich,
Executive Director, Congregation Beth Israel