New COVID-19 Policy for meeting in-person at the Temple:
At its June 7th meeting, the Temple Board approved a new policy for meeting in-person at the Temple, making vaccination optional while leaving in place a requirement to wear a mask; masks can be removed while eating or drinking.
Explanation: This policy recognizes the important value that our services be accessible to as many people as possible. It’s become clear that we all will be dealing with Covid for a very long time to come, so the Board felt a need to adjust our policy to a “new normal.” While vaccinations show significant benefit in limiting severe COVID-19 infections, they do not appear to be effective in limiting the spread of the virus in its present form, which can be spread by both the vaccinated and unvaccinated. At the same time, by keeping the mask requirement in place, the policy underscores the importance of protecting the health of our community, since masks protect both the wearer and other people. The Board encourages the wearing of the most effective type of mask (N-95 or KN-94); free masks will be available at the Temple. The Board also encourages all congregants to remain current with vaccinations and boosters for their own protection. The Temple will continue to have services in hybrid form (in-person and on Zoom) so that there is an online option for those who are unable or uncomfortable attending services in person.
This new policy remains subject to change, depending on the local circumstances.