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COVID-19 Protocols for Worship & Programming

COVID-19 Protocols for Worship & Programming

We are committed to following the latest health and safety protocols established by the CDC, local government, and our COVID-19 Task Force of medical professionals. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update these policies based on the most up-to-date information as conditions evolve.

Shabbat Services & Other Worship

  • To attend in-person worship, members and their guests must provide proof of vaccination upon arrival at Central (ages 12 and older). Acceptable proof includes:
  • Masking is required for all attendees for the entirety of the service, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may not have vents or valves and must always cover the nose and mouth. Central can provide blue surgical masks if needed.
  • Friday night Shabbat services are not generally open to non-members, regardless of vaccination status, with the following exceptions: 
    • Non-members who may attend Friday night Shabbat services include the following: are enrolled in an ongoing Central program (e.g. Mishkan, Morning Minyan, or Bible and Bagels), anyone who joined as a Neighbor of Central Synagogue (our new virtual program), anyone in mourning, confirmation classes visiting New York City. Proof of vaccination and masking are required. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. 
    • Non-members are invited to join us in person for Saturday morning Mishkan services, or worship via our livestream.
  • There is no pre-registration required. Guests of members may attend on a limited basis and should reach out in advance to [email protected]
  • Unvaccinated children 11 years and younger must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test from no more than 72 hours prior to the service and fill out a Health Screening Questionnaire in advance of the service. A QR code will be visible at Security and is available here. They will be seated with their families in the North Balcony.
  • Central will not exceed 50% capacity (615 people) for any service or event in the Sanctuary.
     

Life Cycle Events

All policies listed above for Worship apply to Life Cycle events, unless otherwise stated below.

  • FUNERALS: 
    • Given that funerals happen within days of a death, we do not believe it is appropriate to deny entry to individuals who are mourning a loss and therefore we will not turn anyone away from a funeral for inability to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. Masks are required for the entirety of the funeral, regardless of vaccination status.
  • B’NEI MITZVAH:
    • Each family may invite up to 125 guests each for their Saturday morning service, including the b’nei mitzvah child and immediate family. Families are not required to submit a guest list in advance.
    • Families should anticipate a small number of members in attendance for Saturday morning Shabbat services, as these services have reopened to the congregation. Attendees who are not guests of the b’nei mitzvah families will be seated separately from the b’nei mitzvah guests in the South Balcony.
    • Questions pertaining to your child’s bar/bat mitzvah service should be directed to Keren Eckstein, B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator, at [email protected]

Other Programming (including Adult Engagement Classes, LCLJ, B’nei Mitzvah Tutoring, and Nursery School)

  • As of August 15, 2021, Central Synagogue is a fully vaccinated campus. We feel this step will help us create the safest environment possible for everyone, and especially for those who are not yet eligible to become vaccinated.
  • In the coming week, we will update and post our policy regarding the recent CDC approval of COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11.
  • We will not accept a negative PCR test to participate in programming outside of worship. Proof of vaccination is required.  For medical exemptions, please reach out to our Membership team at [email protected]

Food at Programming & Life Cycle Events

  • We currently do not allow food or drinks to be served at any programming or life cycle events held at Central Synagogue.