PROTOCOLS FOR IN-PERSON GATHERINGS
Approved by the Board of Directors on June 8, 2021
This is a living, working document. Comments and suggestions are encouraged and welcome.
Please connect with any member of our Board of Directors or email email@example.com
SHORT LIST OF PROTOCOLS FOR POSTING PURPOSES
PLEASE WEAR a face covering, even if you’ve been vaccinated.
PLEASE SANITIZE your hands upon entering the building.
PLEASE HONOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, unless you have asked for, and been given, consent to do otherwise.
PLEASE RESPECT Rabbi, Lindy & Karma’s request to refrain from shaking their hands or hugging them at this time.
Feel free to contact the office if you would like a more detailed list of protocols.
Please contact any member of our Board of Directors if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss any of our protocols.
We recognize that as things change, our protocols will likely change as well. If we feel, at any time, that we are not able to operate safely, we will take immediate and decisive action. On the other hand, if things continue to improve, protocols will be revisited and updated accordingly.
Changes will be based on input from sources including the CDC, the California Department of Public Health, and the San Joaquin County Department of Public Health in conjunction with our Jewish values.
The following protocols are valid as of June 8, 2021 and will be revisited no later than August 17, 2021. Ongoing review of these protocols will occur as conditions change.
GUIDING JEWISH VALUES
Pikuach Nefesh is a core Jewish value that states that saving a life overrides virtually all other religious considerations. These protocols are set in an effort to support this value.
B’tzelem Elohim, another core Jewish value, recognizes that all humans are created in the image of the Divine and carry a spark of the Divine within. As such, every human being is deserving of dignity and respect.
We strive to be a Kehilla Kedosha, a holy community. The root of the word kehilla (community) can be traced back to the Hebrew word kol which means voice. From this we learn that in a holy community, everyone’s voice should be heard. Our challenge is to listen and respond to voices that are contrary to our own in a way that embraces the concept of B’tzelem Elohim, to listen and respond with dignity, respect, compassion and kindness. In embracing this challenge, we accept the task of creating an inclusive community and maintaining a kehilla that may vary in individual thought or practice but is united in communal purpose.
BEFORE COMING TO SERVICES or CLASSES
Before coming to temple, please self-screen for any potential symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, etc. If you have any of these symptoms, or even if you just don’t feel quite right, PLEASE STAY HOME.
AFTER ATTENDING SERVICES or CLASSES
WHAT IF I OR A MEMBER OF MY HOUSEHOLD IS DIAGNOSED WITH COVID?
If you or a member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID, please self-quarantine for two weeks before attending an in-person gathering. If, after attending an in-person gathering, you or anyone you live with is diagnosed with COVID, please inform the temple immediately so that we can inform others of potential exposure.
ENTERING THE BUILDING
To access the main building (including the office), members will be asked to enter through the front door. At the front door, hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be available for use. To access the classrooms, please use the gate by Rosenberg Hall. Hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be available in the classrooms as well.
SIGN IN FOR SHABBAT SERVICES
As you enter the building for Shabbat Services, you will be asked to sign in so that, G-d forbid, we have an outbreak, we will be able to connect with everyone who was present on any given evening.
For Shabbat services or large groups, we will require that everyone wear a face covering while inside the building, even if you are vaccinated.
Consistent with our value of inclusion, we believe this is the right approach to make sure that everyone in our community can be in the building and participate, including our children under 12 and the immunosuppressed. The wearing of face coverings also provides a sense of security and safety for many in our community.
Rabbi, Lindy & the Ba’al Kriah (Torah Reader)may remove their face coveringswhile leading services or reading Torah. Other participants in the service (candle lighting, aliyah, etc.) should remain masked.
For small classes or meetings (Please note the following does not apply to Shabbat Services where face coverings are required.): If 100% of the members of a group feel comfortable, the wearing of face coverings may be deemed optional.For many, having everyone in the group fully vaccinated is a decisive factor in determining comfort levels. Group leaders are encouraged to gather vaccination information from participants in a manner that allows each participant to respond anonymously so that no one feels pressured by others to compromise their own personal protocols or values, and in a way that precludes the sharing of any private medical information.
GREETING OUR FRIENDS – CONSENT TO TOUCH
Each one of us has our own personal protocols and varying levels of comfort when it comes to re-engaging in person. We are asking that when attending an in-person gathering, all members refrain from physical contact including shaking hands and hugging, unless you have asked for, and been given, permission to do so.
Please note that at this time, Rabbi, Lindy & Karma are not comfortable shaking hands or hugging in large group environments. Please respect their protocols and greet them with kind words and smiling eyes.
Social distancing is encouraged. We will sit in alternate pews. Each pew will be marked to show 6’ separation zones. Please feel free to share your zone with family and others with whom you feel comfortable. Please do not sit close to someone unless you have asked for, and been given, permission to do so.
We anticipate having plenty of space to welcome everyone who wishes to attend and to maintain social distancing. If space becomes an issue, a reservation system will be implemented at that time.
When meeting indoors, the fan should always be running and/or doors should be open if weather permits. We are currently investigating adding additional filtration to our HVAC system to reduce contagions.
We are going to start without an Oneg Shabbat and see how it goes. Please remember that as circumstances change, we will revisit these protocols. This protocol will be revisited on an ongoing basis and no later than August 17.
DRINKING FOUNTAIN/REFILL STATION
Drinking fountains should not be used under any circumstances. Members are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle. Water bottles may be filled at our new refill station, located in the alcove at the northwest end of the main building. Disposable cups will be provided as well.
Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized before and after any group meets. On Shabbat, restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized before services, during services, and after services.
OFFICE ACCESS, OFFICE SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Face coverings will be required to enter the office and members are asked to maintain social distancing when interacting with staff members.
Office supplies such as: sanitizing wipes, pens, stapler, highlighter, scissors, post-it notes, glue stick,and paper clips will be available on a small table in the office. Members are asked to use these supplies (rather than taking them from a desk) and to sanitize them when they are done using them. If you need to make photocopies and a staff member is present, please ask him/her to make copies for you. If a staff member is not present, please sanitize the photocopier after use.
If you need to use a phone, please use the phone in the LIBRARY and sanitize when done.
If you are hosting a meeting when office staff is not present, please use the gate opener in the LIBRARY or the KITCHEN, whichever is most convenient. Please sanitize the gate opener when you are done.
*Monitoring and, if necessary, updating of protocols will be an ongoing element of the re-opening process. If not before, protocols will be revisited at the August 17 meeting of the Board of Directors.
**Other than a few days here and there, Rabbi, Lindy & Karma have worked non-stop for thepast 15 months and all three are in desperate need of a break. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, they will all be on vacation from June 16-July 1 with the hope that they will come back refreshed and renewed and ready for this new chapter in the life of our Temple family.