Current COVID Protocols
Beginning Saturday, August 28th, the following guidelines will be in place. Although much of the information addresses the upcoming High Holy Days, all of the guidelines will impact Shabbat services, minyan, and other programs.
One of the most iconic prayers of the High Holy Day season is the UneTaneh Tokef. On Rosh Hashana it will be written, and on Yom Kippur it will be sealed. We admit our vulnerability as humans. We proclaim that through our deeds, through repentance, and through prayer we can try to control our fate but, ultimately, everything is in God’s hands.
This year, once again, we find ourselves preparing for the High Holy Days amid the uncertainty that COVID brings. The health and well-being of our community is always our primary concern. As the cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 soar and fill our emergency rooms and ICUs, the Medical Committee, Board of Directors, and Rabbi Dorsch made the difficult decision to allow only people who are fully vaccinated to attend services and events indoors. Those who are unvaccinated are welcome to join us for outdoor events and services or services with an outdoor option. Everyone will remain masked and socially distanced whether indoors or outdoors. For those who prefer, we will be streaming all services and most events.
There is always a risk associated with attending any in-person service or event.
For those who are unvaccinated or just prefer to be outdoors:
A tent will be set up in the cul de sac and we will live stream services throughout Rosh Hashana, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur. All those in attendance must be masked.
Services on the first day of Rosh Hashana (Tuesday, September 7th) and Yom Kippur (Thursday, September 16th) will be streamed to the tent beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m. in conjunction with the Torah Service. All other services will stream at the regularly scheduled times.
Rabbi Dorsch and Cantor Leberman will lead services in the outside tent for families. These services will take place on the first day of Rosh Hashana (Tuesday, September 7th) and Yom Kippur (Thursday, September 16th) and will begin at 9:00 a.m. Each service will last about an hour.
Child Care (18 months old – Pre-K):
Child care will be provided during all services throughout Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. For health and safety, reservations are required in advance.
Email Shawna, or call her at 619 697-1948, with your reservation or any questions.
An unsupervised room will be open for nursing moms and for children under 18 months. Please eat any snacks outside of the classroom so as to respect any allergies.
Youth / Teen Programming (Kindergarten – 12th grade):
All High Holy Day programs, throughout Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, will be held outside. Participants, including staff, must be masked. For health and safety, reservations are required in advance.
Email Michelle, or call her at 619 697-6001, ext. 109, with your reservation or any questions.
- All indoor events require full vaccination, masks, and social distancing.
- Outdoor events (and events with an outdoor option) require masks and social distancing.
- All eating will be outdoors with masks worn when not eating/drinking.
- For the High Holy Days, youth programming will be held outdoors and childcare will be offered only for those who sign up ahead of time.
- All of these precautions will begin effective Saturday, August 28th.
If you have not already done so, please send in your proof of vaccination as soon as possible. If you are not vaccinated, we strongly urge you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your community.
May we be uplifted and inspired in our prayers and have faith that the coming year will bring us healing, joy and togetherness.
Wishing you a Shana Tova. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life.
Rabbi Josh Dorsch
Debbie Mishek, President
Jamie Nadel, Executive Director