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COVID-19 Protocols for Worship & Programming

COVID-19 Protocols for Worship & Programming

Central Synagogue follows the latest health and safety protocols established by the CDC, local government, and our COVID-19 Task Force of medical professionals. We monitor the situation closely and update these policies as conditions evolve.


Central Synagogue is a fully vaccinated campus. Anyone who is eligible must have received a booster shot and show proof of vaccination to enter any building on our campus.

N95, KN95, or KN94 masks are required at all times for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may not have vents or valves and must always cover the nose and mouth. Surgical masks are available upon request. No food or drink are permitted at any programming or life cycle events.

UPDATE AS OF 2/3/22: We will limit capacity. Central will not exceed a capacity of 300 people for any service or event in any of our spaces including our main Sanctuary.



  • UPDATE AS OF 2/3/22: Attendance for Friday Shabbat services will be limited to 300 people in the Sanctuary.
  • UPDATE AS OF 2/3/22: No children under 5 will be permitted at Friday Shabbat services due to vaccination requirements.
  • UPDATE AS OF 2/3/22: Saturday Mishkan services will be held virtually on our website Livestream page.

General Public:

  • Friday night Shabbat services are not open to the general public at this time.


  • Funerals: Given that funerals happen within days of a death, Central will not 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. Anyone without vaccination documentation will be seated in a separate section. All attendees must remain masked for the duration of the funeral service.
  • B’nei Mitzvah: Member families may have up to 300 guests for the Saturday morning service. For questions, please email [email protected].
  • Other Life Cycle Events: Member’s should email [email protected] to get information about scheduling other life cycles events including weddings, baby namings, and bris.


  • UPDATE AS OF 2/3/22: Adult Programs: Some adult programs will be in person as noted for members and invited guests. Virtual options will also be offered for most programs.
  • Youth and Family Programs: Children of families who are not yet old enough to be vaccinated, or who are not yet 2-weeks post full vaccination, will:
    • Require proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.
    • Require, in advance of the service, completion of a Health Screening (available here) and or upon arrival by our Security team.
    • Be seated, along with their family, in a separate section.
  • LCLJ and Nursery School Programs: Member families with children enrolled in LCLJ or our Nursery School will receive protocols and scheduling directly, but may reach out with any questions to [email protected] for LCLJ or [email protected] for Nursery School.



For all questions or to receive additional information about our policies please contact (212)-838-5122 or email us at [email protected] or [email protected].