Our Current Covid-19 Protocols

These protocols were last updated on this website on June 8, 2022.

Our Covid-19 protocols will change in response to conditions. We encourage you to check here regularly for current information.

When we gather in-person:

We hold most services and events multi-access, with a choice of attending in person or online, though some may be virtual only. The listing for each service or event will indicate the options.

When we gather in person, these are our current protocols not related to consumption of food and beverages (see section below regarding eating and drinking):

Indoors:

  • We require universal masking of all people above the age of two at all times with at least hospital grade paper masks (which we make available at the synagogue), though if people have higher grade masks such as KN95 they are encouraged to bring and wear those; other masks (e.g., cloth) are not sufficient. Masks must cover the nose and mouth fully. This is the only exceptions to masking:
    • A speaker or prayer leader, who is entirely alone at the podium or reader’s table, may be unmasked provided all others remain in the provided seats or at a comparable distance
      • If others are gathered in proximity to the podium or reader’s table (such as during the Torah service), all parties must stay fully masked including the speaker or prayer leader
  • All people who are eligible for vaccination must have the greatest level of vaccination recommended for them by the CDC, defined as “up to date” here; those who are ineligible for vaccine may attend in person without vaccination. We have instituted the vaccination requirement because evidence shows that masks alone are insufficient to curb transmission; for example, there is evidence that vaccinated people with breakthrough infections tend to be less contagious and for shorter periods of time than unvaccinated people with infections.
  • All who are eligible for vaccination must show proof that they are at their “up to date” (greatest possible)vaccination level, either by uploading their proof of vaccination to Temple Beth Israel here, or by showing their proof of vaccination at the door.
    • Proof of vaccination is a valid vaccination card, an image of that card, or the state vaccination digital passport. Massachusetts vaccine records can be retrieved here. We post a greeter at the front entry door of the building whenever we are open for programs, services or events; the greeter checks for vaccination status. Anyone who comes to the door without proof of “up to date” vaccination (either from prior upload or by showing proof at the door) is not admitted.
  • We provide seating groups that are distanced from each other. You may share a seating group only with others in your household or mutually-agreed-upon pod. Do not move any chairs, as we must maintain the distanced groupings.
  • No one may approach closer than 6 feet to anyone outside their household or mutually-agreed-upon pod without having their express permission to do so.

Outdoors:

  • Masking is not required in open, outdoor spaces.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for activities that are exclusively in open, outdoor spaces.
  • Seating is not fixed in distanced pods.
  • No one may approach closer than 6 feet to anyone outside their household or mutually-agreed-upon pod without having their express permission to do so.

When we gather in person, these are our current protocols for consumption of food and beverages:

Indoors:

  • We can hold a limited kiddush following services, with pre-poured wine/juice and small, individually packaged snacks that each person picks up for themself. Anyone physically unable to pick up their own items may have a designee. We are holding nothing more extensive, as we do not want to promote lingering unmasked any longer than this options requires.
  • The snacks and beverages will be set out only by a small set of people (e.g., 2-3 individuals), and will be otherwise untouched except by the people taking their own items.
  • Participants may unmask only when actively eating or drinking.
  • We provide seating at tables that are distanced from each other. You may share a table only with others in your household or mutually-agreed-upon pod. Do not move any chairs, as we must maintain the distanced groupings.
  • No one may approach closer than 6 feet to anyone outside their household or mutually-agreed-upon pod without having their express permission to do so.

Outdoors

  • We can have meals together, provided there are no broadly shared serving utensils or other communally touched serving items (such as drink pitchers). To achieve this, we have three options and will select one for each event:
    • We can serve individually pre-plated/packaged meals/items that are prepped and set out by a limited group of people (e.g., 2-3 individuals) for participants to take and consume themselves (for those who are physically unable to take their own plate, they may choose a designee); or
    • Each participating household can bring their own food and eat only the food they bring; or
    • The food can be served from a buffet by a very limited group of people (e.g., 2-3 individuals). No one else may touch any serving items—only their own food and utensils.
  • All of the above listed protocols for gathering outdoors also apply.
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