COVID Precautions & Protocols for Reopening Beth Shalom Synagogue as of July 8, 2021

 The Talmud states: Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh (Shevuot 39a) — all of Israel (i.e. all Jews) are responsible for each other. Beth Shalom Synagogue takes this responsibility seriously. Therefore, our reopening policies are informed by Jewish values and best medical practices. One of the primary values in Judaism is that of pikuach nefesh — saving a life. We also have an obligation to avoid causing danger to others (sakanat nefashot) and to preserve our own well-being (sh’mirat haguf).

To these ends, our current COVID precautions for adults are as follows:
  • If you are two weeks since having been fully vaccinated against COVID, you do not need to wear a mask or physically distance yourself while in the synagogue building.
  • If you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID, we expect that you will want to respect the safety and health of others by wearing a mask and physically distancing yourself in the synagogue building.
  • Please do not enter the synagogue building if you have: (1) any COVID symptoms; (2) recently been exposed to someone with COVID or COVID symptoms; (3) recently been tested for COVID and that test is still pending.


Please consider the above and your own personal health situation when determining whether you mask or practice physical distancing while attending events in the synagogue.