Dear TAY Congregants:
We are pleased to report that we will be re-opening the synagogue for in-person Shabbat morning services on May 8, 2021. Some of you may remember that we previously held in-person Shabbat services in the fall but reverted back to on-line services when we felt it was no longer safe to have in-person services. However, in light of the increased vaccinations among our members and the current situation in the community, we have decided to re-open for Shabbat morning in-person services.
We have developed the following policies for our services, which are designed to encourage attendance at services and to make attending easier:
We will continue to request reservations in advance online, through this form. Shabbat reservations must be made by 2 p.m. on Thursday. If you cannot make the reservation for yourself, you may call the office at 315-445-0002 and ask to have one made for you. If you are unable to register for a service because we have reached capacity but are observing shivah or marking a yahrzeit, please contact Rabbi Zehavi or Barbara Simon. We will do our best to include you in the service. We will have a maximum of 50 reservations at each service on Shabbat.
- Those attending will need to certify that you feel healthy and do not have symptoms yourself. When you enter the building, please use the hand sanitizing station at the entrance. There will be someone at the entrance to the building to welcome you, take your temperature and confirm your attendance.
We are relaxing the arrival requirements. While we encourage attendance for the entirety of services, which will still be shorter to limit exposure of those there in person, we will ask that everyone arrive for services between 9:00 AM and 9:15 AM on Shabbat morning. Doors will be locked and entry will not be possible after 9:30 AM because the greeter will have joined the service.
- When selecting a seat for services, please select a seat that is at least 10 feet from any other congregant in order to maintain adequate social distancing. Families from the same household will sit together. Attendees should remain in place throughout the service and only leave the Sanctuary as necessary. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own Tallit and Kippah.
- Families with children are encouraged to attend Shabbat morning services provided that your children can sit in your designated pew. For the health of our members, it is important to limit movement during services. If your children cannot sit with you, you may be asked politely to leave services.
- For the time being, singing will not be permitted during services. This restriction will be reevaluated in the future as more scientific data becomes available concerning safety of singing in public spaces.
- We will continue to require masking. Everyone must wear a mask over the mouth and nose the entire time in the building (no gaiters, bandanas or masks with a valve). Additional disposable masks will be provided at the entrance to the building. The utilization of KN95/N95 masks or double masking (a surgical mask covered by a cloth mask) is encouraged, but not required at this time.
- After services, exit the building in accordance with the directional guidance provided within the Sanctuary, depositing used prayer books at the designated location. Continue wearing your masks until you leave the building.
If you are unable to follow these rules, you will be asked politely to leave.
For those of you who are able and comfortable, we encourage you to return to in-person services. We miss you. Praying together as a community is an important part of our mission.
We will continue to livestream Shabbat morning services via StreamSpot. Shabbat evening (Friday night) services and daily services will continue to be on Zoom only for now. We will continue to encourage those most vulnerable to join us on Zoom during the week and Friday evening, and on livestream for Shabbat morning.
Our re-opening task force continues to monitor Federal, State and County COVID data and guidelines, and work in close consultation with our medical professionals. If, at any time, we feel that the health of our community is at risk, we will revert back to on-line Shabbat morning services only. As you can all appreciate, this is an ever-changing situation and we may need to pivot.
Please remember - we continue to face a public health crisis. The health and safety of our congregants – collectively and individually – remains our top priority.
Thank you for your cooperation.