Latest updates as of August 25, 2021
Effective immediately, masking is required indoors for all individuals. Vaccination is required for all eligible (12 and older).
- The leader of services may choose to be unmasked if comfortable.
- Groups may meet outside without masking.
- Unvaccinated individuals (those under 12) should be masked and socially distant.
- Those who are more at risk, such as those on chemotherapy, immunosuppressive drugs, or with immunodeficiencies, or who would just feel more comfortable may also opt to distance themselves. Ushers will assist in this process.
- Please sign up in advance for all in-person services (click for Weekday Minyan, for Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat, and for Saturday Shabbat services).
- Please ENTER at the Sanctuary Entrance and EXIT through the Sanctuary Entrance. We are happy to make accommodations for those needing additional assistance.
- Crowd Control and Gathering: When you enter the building you will be met by a greeter who will check your name on the list. Groups in the hallways, and other areas of the synagogue will be discouraged during this initial period, but an outdoor area will be available for socializing.
- Check-in and Seating: An Usher will greet you to sign in. For Minyan, walk-ins will be asked to complete the attestation in writing. On Shabbat, Ushers will check in walk-ins by referencing a membership list and walk-ins will verbally complete the attestation questions. An additional Usher will seat you upon entry into the Sanctuary.
- Kippot, Tallit and Prayer Books: You may bring your own Kippah, Tallis and prayer book if you wish. These items will still be provided by Bet Torah and will be available in a “clean area” (unused for greater than 24 hours) for use, and returned to an “unclean area” and remained unused for greater than 24 hours.
- Handling of the Torah: We now know that surfaces are not the primary mode of transmission of Covid 19. Gabbais will be assigned as usual, but will maintain 6 feet distance, closer only when necessary for handling of the Torah, for short intervals. All readers of Aliyah and Torah will be asked to use hand sanitizer before and after readings. The Yad may be shared but readers should feel free to bring their own. Readers will be allowed to unmask if vaccinated, unvaccinated readers will maintain six feet distance from everyone. At this time there will be no Torah procession.
- Kiddush: Outdoors over the summer with no masking requirement.
- Capacity: In-person attendance for minyan and Shabbat services will be monitored by a SignUpGenius. Every attempt will be made to accommodate everyone who pre-registers, but because of social distancing, capacity will be limited. This will be reassessed throughout the summer, and we anticipate that capacity will expand.
- Eating and Drinking: There is no eating or drinking in the building at this time.
Health and Safety: The following have been implemented as a minimum standard for the health of any individual who enters the building. Touch-free hand sanitizers are available prior to entering the sanctuary. Automatic soap, water and paper towel dispensers have been installed. The main sanctuary HVAC system has been enhanced with MERV-13 filters. There are two commercial grade HEPA filters in the main sanctuary and social halls.
We will be constantly reassessing the guidelines, and we may need to become more restrictive, depending on the local rate of infection. We will utilize the guidance of Bet Torah’s Medical Advisory Group, the CDC, and New York State and Westchester County guidelines.