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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

In July, we reopened our main sanctuary for Shabbat morning services . We have succeeded in creating an intimate and abbreviated service that has attracted a devoted following. The familiar, beautiful voice of Cantor Yonati leading the service - and the congregation singing the Ladino prayers of Bendicho and Ein Kelohenu - have resuscitated the spiritual life of our Temple. Safety is our highest priority so that you can return to your spiritual home to make weekly communal worship once again an important part of your life. Please come and join us on Shabbat morning - we miss you and look forward to seeing you! Make your reservations with the Temple office at (516-295-4644) or admin@thesephardictemple.org by Thursday each week.

Isaac Mayo, Temple President

Rabbi Golden
 

SEPHARDIC TEMPLE COVID-19 POLICY

(As of May 13, 2022)

 

As we continue to respond to ongoing developments, our COVID-19 Policy has been updated as follows:

 

Face masks are optional during Temple worship services and events.

 

Only fully-vaccinated individuals, irrespective of age, are permitted to attend Shabbat worship services.

 

Additionally, attendance at weekday Minyan services (Sundays at 9:00am, and Monday – Friday at 8:00am) will only be allowed for individuals who are fully-vaccinated AND HAVE RECEIVED THEIR BOOSTER DOSE. These Shahrit services are also available via Zoom, please contact the Temple office for more information. Our weekday breakfast following services will be available to those who have met the booster requirement. 

 

Please submit your vaccination verification and booster status to the Temple office. Proof of vaccination needs to be provided prior to Shabbat, or upon entry on Shabbat morning.

 

Shabbat morning services begin promptly at 8:45am and conclude around 11:45am. The Temple can only be entered through the front doors. The doors will be opened and staffed no earlier than 8:30am. Please check our weekly bulletin for information about Kabbalat Shabbat services.

 

Pre-registration for attendance to Shabbat services is requested, by contacting the Temple office: 516-295-4644, admin@thesephardictemple.org. A Shabbat Registration Confirmation email will be sent on Thursday evening to confirm your reservation.

 

Please be aware of all signage in the building and comply with our requests to maintain hygiene. Social distancing is still suggested. Hand sanitizer will be available.

 

Anyone attending a service who finds afterwards that they are COVID-19 positive, agrees, by the fact of their attendance, to notify immediately the Sephardic Temple of their COVID-19 positive status so appropriate contact tracing and quarantine can occur without delay. It is important to note that - even if you are vaccinated - if you have any COVID symptoms or do not feel well, please do not come to Temple.

 

We ask for your cooperation as we implement these revised protocols. We are doing so after serious deliberation and consultation with both medical experts and Jewish communal professionals.

 

As always, your health is our priority. Please continue to be vigilant in following general COVID protocols in your daily life. Please encourage all who can get vaccinated to do so.

 

Your attendance at Temple services and events signifies your agreement with the above procedures.

 

Wishing you anyos muchos, y salud buena para todos!

 

Isaac Mayo, President

Rabbi Steve Golden