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 email@example.com by Thursday each week.
Isaac Mayo, Temple President
We hope this finds you well and vaccinated. Responding to new developments in the course of the pandemic, the Sephardic Temple has updated our COVID-19 Policy as detailed below.
Please contact the Temple office with any questions or concerns. As always, we are here for you.
Stay healthy and safe,
Isaac Mayo, President
New Procedures for Attending Shabbat Services at the Sephardic Temple
Beginning Shabbat, June 5, 2021, please see below for our revised COVID Procedures and Policy.
SEPHARDIC TEMPLE COVID-19 POLICY FOR SHABBAT SERVICES
Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated (14 days after second shot) attendees.
Vaccination verification needs to be provided to the Temple office prior to Shabbat, or upon entry on Shabbat morning.
Face masks are required at all times for unvaccinated individuals, as well as those who do not provide proof of vaccination.
Shabbat morning services begin promptly at 9:00am. The Temple can only be entered through the front doors. The doors will be opened and staffed no earlier than 8:45am. Please maintain appropriate social distancing before and after entering the building. Each person’s temperature will need to be taken before entering the Synagogue building.
Pre-registration for attendance to Shabbat services is requested, either by phoning the Temple office (516-295-4644), or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. A Shabbat Registration Confirmation email from the Temple office will be sent on Thursday evening to confirm your reservation.
SEATING PROTOCOLS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccine - or have positive antibody verification of not more than 90 days following illness, may sit in the Sanctuary with two empty seats and one empty row of distance between themselves and the next person/pod.
A family/group pod, where all members have received the COVID-19 vaccine – or have positive antibody verification of not more than 90 days following illness, may sit in the Sanctuary with the outermost occupied seat having two empty seats and one empty row of distance between the next person/pod.
Individuals who are unvaccinated must seat themselves at least 6 feet away (minimum of 3 empty seats and one empty row) from other individuals or pods.
Please use hand sanitizer when entering, and before exiting, the Sanctuary. Tables on either side of the room will have hand sanitizer available.
When a Kiddush is served on Shabbat after services, vaccinated individuals will be served inside the tent in the Zacharia Garden, and unvaccinated worshipers will sit at designated tables inside the ballroom.
Please be aware of all signage in the building and comply with our requests to maintain hygiene. This includes use of the restrooms, coat room, and all other spaces on the grounds of the Sephardic Temple.
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 services signifies your agreement with the above procedures.
Wishing you anyos muchos, y salud buena para todos!
Isaac Mayo, President