A Matter of Saving Lives
We are a Best Practices Community
We are proud to be a traditional, historic 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.
UPDATED COVID POLICY
In line with new guidance and with increasing vaccination rates, we have updates our Covid protocol, as of June 1, 2021.
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 whenever possible, as the default use of our sanctuary and gathering spaces.
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.
Aliyah's are taken in traditional form, though individuals who prefer to lessen exposure and stand at their seat for their Aliyah (as we once practiced during earlier stages of the pandemic) are invited to do so.
Pews in the sanctuary are marked off, with only 1 out of 2 rows made available, to ensure social distancing. As a result, we are operating the sanctuary at about 40% capacity. We will inform the community through our weekly email when we expect a gathering or Shabbat with greater than 25% 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 whenever possible, and is pre-plated (not buffet).
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.