Our worship services are open to ALL TABI members and those on the “approved visitors” list that have proof of the Covid-19 vaccination. This begins immediately. This requirement will continue to be evaluated as modified as the Board sees fit. Masks will still be worn during worship services and we hope that all who are eligible have received their vaccinations. If you have not sent us a copy of your vaccination card, please do so at your earliest convenience.
New COVID Protocols
For over a year and half now TABI leadership has been trying to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. There is no manual for this. We consult regularly with physicians in the congregation as part of our COVID task force and we pay attention to the science and the recommendations from the CDC. We are also in close contact with the URJ and the CCAR and closely watch what other congregations are doing. Underlying all of these discussions is the Jewish value of Pikuach Nefesh – working to save lives.
With all that in mind, our Board of Trustees met recently and passed the following new COVID-19 guidelines as a response to the Delta Variant and the reality that our community is experiencing a new surge of the Covid-19 virus.
- Masking – We will continue to require masks as we gather inside the Synagogue for worship and events.
- Proof of Vaccination – We will now be requiring that all those attending worship and events provide one-time proof of vaccination. Please either take a picture of your vaccination card and send it to the office via email or bring your card one time so your name can be checked off the list. We understand that those under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated and we simply ask that your kids sit with you as a family, and we all practice safe distancing from others in the Synagogue. If there are unique circumstances you wish to discuss, contact our TABI president, Robert Varble or the rabbi.
- Seating – For the High Holy Days, seats will be set up in “family pods.” These can easily be adjusted if your family size is different than what we have set up. Ushers will help with seating and we just ask that you arrive a bit earlier to ensure everyone can get seated safely.
- Honors – We will have limited honors available for the High Holy Days. Those who are leading the service or reading Torah can certainly remove their masks at that time and we will all keep our distance on the bima.
- Food – We will have our traditional Rosh Hashanah Oneg outside in the courtyard (weather permitting.) We will have a “welcome back to TABI” luncheon after our Tashlich service on the property immediately following the Rosh Hashanah Morning service. This will consist of “ToGo” boxes and an outdoor picnic. Break the Fast will be served in “ToGo” boxes with outdoor seating and a few distanced tables set up in the social hall.
We know that none of this is “ideal”. We had hoped to be removing restrictions and not adding new ones at this point in time. However, as a Synagogue we need to be guided by the overriding Jewish values of caring for others and providing the safest environment possible for all.
We are looking forward to a meaningful High Holy Days and we hope to see you – whether in person or online – and share a New Year of hope and promise for a better future for us all.