A Matter of Saving Lives
We are proud to be a modern Orthodox congregation that takes serious measures to ensure the safety of our community and all New York City residents. Our Torah and Jewish values demand it.
We follow all city and state regulations, and decisions are made under the guidance of medical doctors, and in accord with nationally set synagogue best practices.
Our High Holidays program was the only set of in-person services in North Brooklyn to meticulously follow best practices, and we will continue in that spirit for as long as necessary.
We expect that some people will find our policies overbearing and some may find them insufficient. There is no perfect policy. We do require respectful following of all policies when participating at our beloved Shul. Please feel free to reach out to with questions and comments.
We are a Best Practices Community
COVID POLICY BASICS
Masks are required at all times in our building.
Masks and hand sanitizer are available upon entry.
Everyone is expected to maintain at least six feet of distance from other participants at all times.
People under state required quarantine, or who have any reason to suspect infection, or are part of a sensitive demographic, are not to attend in-person events.
Pews in the sanctuary are marked off, with only 1 out of 3 rows made available, to ensure social distancing. As a result, we are operating the sanctuary at about 15% capacity.
Unless weather makes it unbearable, we leave the windows and doors opened in our (capacious) sanctuary, to allow for optimal airflow.
Weekly Kiddush lunch is held outside, and is pre-plated (not buffet).
COVID POLICY & SERVICES
Being meticulous about COVID safety requires subtle changes to our services. These have all been decided under the Halakhic guidance of R. Greenfield, in accord with advice of leading modern Orthodox rabbinic authorities. We look forward to returning to our classic minhagim (customs) when it is again safe to do so.
We avoid passing the Torah between individuals who are not in the same pod. As such, the person who removes the Torah from the Aron generally carries the Torah themselves through the entire sanctuary. Likewise, the person performing Hagbaa sets the Torah down on the Shulchan and themselves performs Gelila as well.
We avoid having more than one person on the Bima at any time. As a result, Aliyot to the Torah are taken from one's seat. The Bracha is recited, while standing, at one's seat, instead of next to the Torah.
Chazzanim and speakers are required to wear a mask, like all members of the community.
We ask that the congregation sing at 1/3 regular singing volume -- essentially, singing to one's self.
In the merit of these practices, and our Halakhic stricture in maintaining a healthy community, may God bless us all soon with healing and salvation.