Guidelines for In-Person Gatherings

As the summer gets underway and the country begins to reopen, we have much to be grateful for. Vaccination rates continue to rise and case numbers have decreased significantly.

As Jews, our tradition emphasizes the concept of communal responsibility: the Talmud states that all of Israel are responsible for each other (Shevuot 39a). We have an obligation to step in and help when we see someone in crisis. This vaccine is not merely a personal act of health care; it is a path towards religious and communal healing. If you are able to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to do so – not just for yourself but for all in our community, especially those who are most vulnerable and unable to be vaccinated. For those attending worship services or programs at Temple Rodef Shalom, we assume you have stepped up to this mitzvah.

We continue to work closely with our COVID Advisory Group, comprised of TRS members working in the public health and medical fields. We are pleased to share a number of steps we are now taking to thoughtfully bring our community back together:

  • Up to 150 people (20% capacity) may join our clergy in the sanctuary for in-person Shabbat worship on Friday evenings and pre-registration is no longer required. Our services will continue to be live-streamed each week for those who wish to join us online.
  • Committee chairs have been invited to schedule meetings, programs and events at the temple. Social distancing will be maintained – we are fortunate to have many large spaces, both indoors and out, where groups can safely and comfortably gather.
  • Masks continue to be required at all times within the Temple, regardless of vaccination status. In accordance with CDC guidelines, those who are fully vaccinated may choose to remove their masks outdoors.

This checklist is intended for anyone planning a Temple-sanctioned in-person program or event. Please review this guidance and ensure you are able to comply with the guidelines before planning or scheduling an event. There should be two people designated to take responsibility for implementing this checklist.