COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Next Steps – April 26, 2021

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TEMPLE BETH EL COVID-19 POLICIES (UPDATED APRIL 26, 2021)

How?

Specific safety protocols were carefully constructed based on safety and science by the COVID Task Force and Shalom Park Partners, and assorted working groups that included staff, clergy and lay leaders. They researched and recommended best practices for education, staff, gatherings and the High Holy Days and Passover. The plans were reviewed by medical experts. 

The Coronavirus Task Force includes Benjamin Benson, Cyndee Patterson, Ken Katz, Rabbi Asher Knight, Rabbi Beth Nichols, Dr. David Weinrib, Dr. Derek Raghavan, Dr. Esther Chipps, Dr. Steven Teich, Dr. Aaron Prosnitz, and Eric Frick.  

Masks

While the release of the vaccine provides us with great hope, it does not eliminate the threat of COVID-19 transmission.  At this time, masks will still be required for all Temple services and programs. Those who do not wear a mask will not be permitted into the building or be allowed to remain at an outdoor event. If someone forgets their mask at home, staff will offer a mask to them. Staff will not have to wear masks while alone in their own office, with the door closed, unless proper distancing cannot be maintained. Those employees who work in an open area will need to wear their masks at their desk.  

Distancing

Following guidelines, distancing will still be required for all Temple functions, both indoors and outdoors. For prayer services, where responsive reading, singing, or chanting may occur, the distancing requirements will remain at least 6 feet. Additionally, the cantor, rabbis, and musicians will remain 6 feet apart from each other and the congregation while singing. We will take proper distancing measures to ensure safe worship.  

Health Screening and Vaccine Requirement

All persons (staff, congregants, vendors etc.) entering the building or joining an outdoor event will need to undergo a health screening either at the entrance to the Levine JCC/Shalom Park or at Temple Beth El’s Main Building Entrance. Health screening draws people into mindful awareness about distancing and mask wearing as well.   

Individuals will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Anyone, regardless of vaccination status, who has a fever above 100 degrees or is experiencing any other symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, chest pain, shortness of breath) will not be allowed to enter the building and will be advised to seek medical advice.  People who have not been vaccinated will not be allowed into the building if they have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. This can be shortened to 10 days if the person reports no symptoms, and 7 days with no symptoms and a negative COVID-19 test.  

For those people who are fully vaccinated and can show proof of vaccination, the following rules apply: 

  • You will not have to quarantine if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are asymptomatic. This includes those who are on an exposure list from one of the Shalom Park Agencies. 
  • You will not be have to quarantine or provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to return to work, if you have traveled via airplane or to visit people not in their household.  

In the above situations, security (at the main entrance of the Levine JCC/Shalom Park may check for proof of vaccination. Please note, neither Temple Beth El nor the Foundation of Shalom Park will keep a record of staff or visitor vaccination status for HIPAA reasons. Therefore, one will need to show their vaccination status each and every time they desire to eliminate the need to quarantine. 

 Temple Beth El commits to continuing to provide online access to programming and services for those who are unvaccinated, ill, or choose to remain at home. 

In The Event of a Confirmed Case at Temple

When Temple is notified of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in someone who has been in our building, Mecklenburg County Health Department will be notified. Any contact tracing, notifications, or other recommendations made by the Health Department will be handled by Temple Beth El administration accordingly. 

Pastoral Care

If you or someone you know needs pastoral support, please contact Tracey Lederer, during daytime hours704-749-3043.

We have staff members receiving emergency calls after Temple’s normal business hours through the Clergy-On-Call Phone: 704-576-5073 

 Financial Assistance

If you have concerns regarding financial assistance and dues relief, please contact Eden Gobuty at 704-749-3068. All inquiries are treated with strict confidentiality and caring sensitivity. 


What Can You Do?

Volunteer 

Volunteer opportunities are always available to help Temple, contact Tracey Lederer, during daytime hours 704-749-3043.  

Donate 

Through your meaningful contribution, we will continue our mission to support our community through sacred work that reaches beyond these walls and into the greater Charlotte Region and Jewish communities. 

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Reopening Schedule and Updated Requirements

Events  Date of Reopening  Max People  Requirements  Covid Precautions 
Worship Services 

 

Soft Launch  May 7, 2021

 

Congregation in June 

50 – groups sit 6ft apart in Blumenthal Sanctuary 

  

50 – in one of the Social Halls for rain-plan only.

  • Pre-registration 
  • Health Screening at Entrance 
  • Adherence to Safety Protocols 
  • People need to be seated
  • People need to be seated

  

Masks, 6 ft distancing, Hand sanitizer 
B’nei Mitzvah Worship Services  

Indoor 

May 1, 2021  50 – groups sit 6ft apart in Blumenthal Sanctuary 
  • Pre-registration 
  • Health Screening at Entrance 
  • Adherence to Safety Protocols  
  • People need to be seated

  

Masks, 6 ft distancing, Hand sanitizer 
One on One Meetings Outdoors or Indoors    May 1, 2021  One individual or family unit per meeting with staff

  

Individual staff will be able to dictate their comfort level and environment for meeting with individuals and families

  • Scheduled Appointment 
  • Health Screening at Entrance 
  • Adherence to Safety Protocols 
  • People need to be seated

  

  

  

 

Masks, 6 ft distancing, Hand sanitizer 
Group Meetings/ 

Events Indoors 

May 1, 2021  50 
  • Pre-registration 
  • Health Screening at Entrance 
  • Adherence to Safety Protocols 
  • People need to be seated

  

Masks, 6 ft distancing, Hand sanitizer 
Group Meetings/ Events Outdoors  May 1, 2021   100 
  • Pre-registration 
  • Health Screening at Entrance 
  • Adherence to Safety Protocols 
  • People need to be seated

  

Masks, 6 ft distancing, Hand sanitizer 
Religious School  March 7, 2021 – already in operation.    Split in two sessions
  • Signed Release Document 
  • Health Screening at Entrance 
  • Adherence to Safety Protocols 
  • Students must be seated, except to go outdoors
Masks, 6 ft distancing, Hand sanitizer 
Mid-Week Hebrew  No Change  Online Only  No Change  No Change 
Food Service  Soft Launch  May 7, 2021

 

Congregation in June 

 

50 people Outside 

  

50 people Inside (rain plan only) 

  • Individual wrapped food, no family meals or buffet
  • Seating to enable groups to be 6 ft apart 
  • Masks except when seated and directly drinking or eating 
  • Guests must be in seats except to enter, leave, go to the restroom or get food and drink
  • Vaccinated Temple Employees should eat and drink separately (in their offices, door closed) or at a table distanced 6+ feet from each other while eating if sharing a coffee break or meal
Masks, 6 ft distancing, Hand sanitizer 

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Main Line: 704-366-1948       Religious School: 704-749-3046       Clergy On Call: 704-576-5073