WJC COVID-19 Precautions for the High Holy Days

COVID-19 Precautions for the High Holy Days:

 

For centuries, synagogues have played a central role as places of holy gathering, learning, prayer and service. Our sages teach that when there comes a time that a Jewish community is confronted with sha’at had’chak, an hour of duress, when lives and safety are at risk, the kehillah (community)  must adjust accordingly. Traditionally, sha’at had’chak occurred when Jews, specifically, were threatened. But the moment in which we find ourselves is not limited to Jews or synagogues, nor even Americans or Israelis. The advent of COVID-19 is a global crisis, and our faith demands of us that we stand now as citizens of the world.

 We recognize that “social distancing” makes it difficult to accomplish the rich community-building to which we aspire at WJC. These are temporary measures to deal with the situation at hand. We will need to find new ways to express our appreciation for and support of one another.

 As the health and safety of everyone continues to be our top priority, are implementing the following safety protocols:

 

At UPAC:

  • UPAC has an updated air filtration system with MERV 13 filters in place. All of their staff is fully vaccinated.           
  • All congregants must be pre-registered and fully vaccinated.
  • Children are an important part of our community. Unfortunately, since they cannot be vaccinated, children under 12 cannot attend in person services at UPAC. Family Services will be held outdoors at WJC.  Teen discussions will be held at UPAC during evening services.
  • All congregants must be fully masked throughout services (nose and mouth completely  covered). Masks must be well-fitted, multi-layer, and have no exhalation valves.  No bandanas or gaiters may be worn.
  • We will be practicing social distancing – every other row of seats will be empty and we will keep an empty seat between each “pod” of people.
  • Please try to keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others while moving around the building.
  • No food will be served. Please note that UPAC does not allow food or drink in the theater.
  • Restrooms are confined spaces where distancing will be challenging but still necessary. We suggest that attendees be mindful about limiting simultaneous occupancy.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby; sanitizer is to be used by each person entering the building.
  • If you are not feeling well, have any COVID-19 symptoms (even if you still feel well), or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and join services on Zoom. Symptoms of Covid-19.
  • By registering, you understand the risks associated with the coronavirus and COVID-19, and indicate you agree to abide by these requirements.

 

 Outdoors at WJC:

  • All congregants must be fully masked.
  • Please keep 6 feet distance from others while walking/moving.
  • While eating, congregants who are seated and socially distanced, may remove their masks.
  • If you are not feeling well, have any COVID-19 symptoms (even if you still feel well), or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and join services on Zoom. Symptoms of Covid-19.
  • By registering, you understand the risks associated with the coronavirus and COVID-19, and indicate you agree to abide by these requirements.