COVID Protocols

Temple Beth-El is striving to be a warm and inclusive community during this COVID crisis. Our protocols change periodically depending on the community spread in our area.

Our current COVID protocols:

For on-site worship in the sanctuary: We welcome fully vaccinated individuals to participate in the Sanctuary for Shabbat and major holy day services. For children’s and outdoor services only, we welcome vaccinated individuals and unvaccinated children who are not yet eligible for vaccination (under 12).

Masks and social distancing are required at all TBE functions, regardless of where the event is being held, indoor. No food or beverages will be served. Unvaccinated individuals are invited to join us on Zoom. For outdoor events, masks are required for unvaccinated individuals regardless of age and recommended for vaccinated individuals.

We ask that you follow these guidelines:

  • Wear a face mask even if you have been fully vaccinated. A fresh disposable surgical mask will be provided to you upon your arrival. The mask must cover your nose and mouth for the entire time you are inside the building. Cloth masks are discouraged. Bandanas, scarves, gaiters, or masks with vents/valves are not appropriate face coverings. (Note: the clergy will not wear a mask while leading services from the bimah.)
  • Maintain safe physical distance (at least six feet) from others who are not part of your immediate household. Physical contact is discouraged. Please, no handshakes, elbow bumps, hugs, etc.
  • Sanitize your hands as you enter the building, after using the bathroom, before and after going up on the bimah for an honor, etc.
  • Practice social distancing at all times.
  • When selecting your seats, leave at least two seats open between your household and other household.  Please respect the posted capacity limits of the restrooms.
  • Reading aloud and quiet singing is OK as long as you remain masked. 
  • If you are a service participant, you may remove your mask at the lectern. Please do not remove your mask at other locations.
  • Please follow the dismissal instructions at the end of the service.
  • By participating in our service, you agree to cooperate fully and willingly with all safety protocols outlined here or requested by an usher during services. If you are unwilling or unable to cooperate, you may be asked to depart the service before its conclusion.

For in-person meetings: At the present time, meetings and events (study sessions, etc.) will take place on Zoom or outdoors.  We welcome fully vaccinated individuals to participate in person for those events that have an in-person option. Masks and social distancing are required regardless of vaccination status. No food or beverages will be served.

For School: Temple Beth-El’s religious school opens on October 3 for an in-person school year. Our education team and medical volunteers are monitoring public health recommendations and local school district standards. Check back to this page, or watch your email for our health protocols for school closer to the start of school.

Why are we asking for proof of vaccination? We trust our fellow congregants to be responsible when attending services and to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. Nonetheless, we request proof of vaccination in order to reassure congregants who want to attend but may be immune-compromised or especially vulnerable. With this policy, and by continuing to provide Zoom access to services, we can be the most welcoming to all.


Updated August 23, 2021