TEMPLE BETH EL COVID-19 POLICIES (UPDATED JULY 1, 2021)
Summary of July Guidelines
- Masks are still required for all TBE services and events (except those ages 2 and younger).
- We are launching a new, multi-access Shabbat schedule for the Summer (June-August). Visit our calendar for dates, times, and Zoom links.
- No health screening will be conducted upon entrance.
- Social distancing is no longer required, but socially distanced seating will be an option in the sanctuary for those who prefer it.
- We encourage all eligible community members to get vaccinated.
What We Are Doing and Where to Find It
The chart and descriptions below detail our current guidelines.
|What We Are Doing||Where to Find It|
|Shabbat Services||In Person and/or Online|
|Lifecycle Events (b’nei mitzvah, weddings, brit milah/baby namings, conversion).||In Person* and/or Online|
|Funerals||Graveside and/or Online|
|Youth Education and Learning Programs||In Person and/or Online|
|Limited Community-Wide Events||In Person or Online|
|Temple Beth El Office||In Person or Online and by Phone|
- Worship: Everyone is welcome to attend Friday and Saturday morning services .
- Individual meetings: Clergy and staff will meet with temple members by appointment in-person or zoom. Appointments can be made by calling our offices – 704-366-1948.
- *Life Cycle Events: Please contact the clergy to discuss current guidelines around life cycle events such as weddings and funerals. 704-749-3043. Brit Milah still has size limitations due to the COVID restrictions on surgical procedures. Please consult with the clergy and mohel/et.
- Food & Drinks, including Oneg Shabbats & Kiddush: availability will vary by program or event and will be communicated separately.
- Wearing masks remain in place.
As our building reopening plan moves forward, we hope that you will take comfort in knowing that we remain fully committed to the Jewish principles that we articulated early in the pandemic. Additionally, we continue to be guided by our COVID-Task Force and medical advisors, whose counsel prioritizes the health and safety of Temple Beth El’s members, staff, and guests. We also appreciate your patience as we re-build the capacity to operate our building and develop hybrid – online and in-person- services and programming in new ways. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to join us in person or online, and we look forward to seeing you again soon at our spiritual home.
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.
TEMPLE BETH EL COVID POLICIES
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 in their own office or in staff workspaces.
If you or someone you know needs pastoral support, please contact Tracey Lederer, during daytime hours: 704-749-3043.
We have staff members receiving emergency calls after Temple’s normal business hours through the Clergy-On-Call Phone: 704-576-5073
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 opportunities are always available to help Temple, contact Tracey Lederer, during daytime hours 704-749-3043.
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.
COVID-19 Next Steps – May 27, 2021
Click on the graphic below to read the COVID-19 Operations Update.
COVID-19 Next Steps – April 26, 2021
COVID-19 Decision Dashboard – November 30, 2020
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Main Line: 704-366-1948 Religious School: 704-749-3046 Clergy On Call: 704-576-5073