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Covid/In-Person Policy

Updated May 19, 2022

 

In the interest of abiding by the latest guidelines, and keeping our community health, we are strongly recommending masking while indoors, staying up do date with vaccines and available boosters, and monitoring with frequent testing.

To review the CDC recommendation please refer to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html

Synagogue/Building

Our current recommendation is that while our geographic location remains in the Red Zone as indicated by the CDC that you mask indoors.

  • We respect those who continue to mask, and we encourage masking for those who have been advised to do so by their doctors, and those who are immunocompromised or have an immunocompromised individual in their immediate household. 
  • As always, please do not come to the building if you are experiencing any Covid-like symptoms. For those who test positive for – or have been exposed to – Covid-19, we remind you of the current CDC guidelines for quarantining and isolating.
  • We piloted and will continue to make available a mask only section during services in the sanctuary.  We will designate the section to the right of the ark (as you are facing it) as a space where you must wear a mask. We hope this will provide added comfort for those who continue to prefer to be near only those wearing masks.

Kulanu Learning Program/Teen Learning Community 

We will respect family choices in terms of masking, and plan to continue to encourage masking indoors. Kulanu teachers will NOT be responsible for enforcing parents’ wishes regarding masks, so please have conversations with your children about your expectations.

Nursery School 

Masking is recommended but we will continue to respect the decisions that families are making for their youngest children. 

  • Our teachers will be responsible for supporting parents’ decisions about their children’s masking in the classroom.

Vaccination Policy Reminder

Previously, all community members and guests ages 12 and up were required to be vaccinated to enter the building at any time.  We are now extending this requirement to anyone who is 5 ½ and older. Nursery School children are exempt from this requirement for this school year. We encourage all who are eligible to get boosters in a timely fashion.

Moving Forward Together

We are hoping that this situation will improve in the coming weeks.  We are obviously unable to predict the future, but we are hopeful that our community can continue to open up and gather more freely.  However, please be aware that local conditions are unpredictable and could require adjusting policies in the future. 

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.

Thank you for your feedback, patience, and support. 

Amy Horowitz,  President

Seth Young, Executive Director

Rabbi Aaron Brusso, Senior Rabbi

Wed, May 25 2022 24 Iyyar 5782