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Covid-19 Policies

November 2, 2021

 

Dear TBE Friends,

The Temple Beth El COVID-19 Response Team met on Thursday, October 28, 2021, to discuss the health and safety of our members, clergy, and staff. Judaism’s primary concern is our community’s welfare.

Effective November 13, 2021, listed below are changes to Temple Beth El’s Covid-19 guidelines:

1. Covid-19 vaccinations are mandatory for all individuals, who are 12 and over, entering the building.  The proper vaccinations, as per current CDC Guidelines, are the following:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you are not vaccinated, we have 2 exemptions to this rule:

  • Medical Exemption – Please email Cheryl at cheryl@bethelallentown.org for the form.
  • If you have had Covid-19 within the last 3 months, your doctor can provide us with documentation.

Alternatively:

  • You must provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the building.

  Please provide a copy of your Covid-19 Vaccination Record.  There are four ways to do this:

  • At the Temple door each time you visit

      One Time by:

2.  Bagged oneg desserts and kiddush lunches will be available. Please feel welcome to eat and socialize in the designated social hall. You can take your lunch home with you if you prefer.

3. Masks are required for anyone entering the building (Ages 2 and up).

4.  If you are inviting guests to the Temple, such as for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah or baby naming ceremony, it will be your responsibility to notify your invited guests of these requirements.

Before coming to synagogue, please ask yourself the following questions - If you answer “YES” to any of the following questions, please do not come to synagogue

  1. Have you or anyone in your home tested positive or been suspected of having COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  2. Do you or anyone in your home have any signs or symptoms of a fever, a new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or respiratory illness?
  3. Within the last 10 days, have you or anyone in your home had contact with someone with COVID-19, or who is under investigation for COVID-19?
  4. Are you currently quarantining for any reason?

We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause you. Please take advantage of our streaming option for services.

We understand that these are not easy decisions, nor are they decisions that we take lightly. We continue to hope and pray for an end to the pandemic and a speedy return to full, in-person activities. In the meantime, we are trying our utmost to keep people safe and reassure those wishing to attend in- person services that we are doing our part to create a safe environment.

 

Your SAFETY is our "NUMBER ONE" priority.

 

Sincerely,

 

Morgan Godorov        Rabbi Moshe Re’em   Michelle Rohrbach     Shari Spark
President                                                              Executive Director    

 

 

Sun, December 5 2021 1 Tevet 5782