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Covid-19 Updates

July 7, 2020

Dear Temple Emanu-El Family,

We hope that you and your families are staying healthy, in good spirits, and that you enjoyed a July 4th weekend despite the limitations. We are writing to provide updates on how we envision Temple life as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape our daily lives. Thank you for being patient and understanding as we have been monitoring state protocols and COVID-19 trends. Please see below for information regarding plans in place.

1. Outdoor Service- We are excited to announce that there will be an in-person LIVE outdoor service on August 7th at 6pm in the front of our building! Bring your own chairs and masks (required), and join us. We will still be streaming the service via Facebook Live as well, as we’ve been doing for the past four months. All participants must wear face coverings and maintain at least 6 feet distance from one another. Rain date is August 14th .

2. B’nai Mitzvah-Our first live indoor services will be for the B’nai Mitzvah scheduled in August. We have developed specific protocols for these services in keeping with State and Local regulations that will be provided to all families who will be celebrating. There is a meeting to go over these protocols on July 14th at 5:30pm via Zoom.

3. Friday Sanctuary Worship- We hope to begin offering indoor Friday worship services by the end of summer if possible. Procedures in place for the B’nai Mitzvah in August will be maintained.

4. Religious School- Rabbi Allison is working on a plan for Religious School and Hebrew School, set to start on September 13th. The plan will likely include a combination of in-person and remote learning. Stay tuned for more information.

5. Temple Office- We are opening the Temple office on Friday mornings from 10am-12noon. This is in addition to the already established Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am-12noon schedule. Come by to check out a prayer book, place a stone on the memorial wall or drop off any Membership Pledge materials or other Temple paperwork.

6. High Holydays- As spoken about at the Annual Meeting, the High Holydays will necessarily be different this year, as everyone certainly understands. Rabbi Meyer is working, in consultation with the Board of Trustees and colleagues, on a plan that we know will be meaningful for you. We will have more specific information in the coming weeks.

Please be in touch should you have any questions or concerns about any of the information above. We are working diligently, with our team of healthcare professionals, to ensure thoughtful strategies for the Temple. We miss you and hope to see you soon!

Warmly,

David J Meyer,  Senior Rabbi

Lisa Nagel, Temple President

Jaime Meyers, Executive Director

Thu, October 22 2020 4 Cheshvan 5781