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Temple Ohabei Shalom Current COVID-19 Protocols

We write to you today with updated policies regarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies at Temple Ohabei Shalom. Our TOS Health and Safety Committee (comprised of physicians, public health professionals, congregants in related fields, clergy, and staff) believes strongly in our communal value of pikuach nefesh, preserving life, and amid the growing challenges and uncertainty which the current Delta variant has introduced for us all, we have new policies. Most importantly, it is essential for Temple Ohabei Shalom to be a fully vaccinated campus for our daily operations. We believe that this step will help us to create the safest environment possible for everyone, especially our youngest members, who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.  


HIGH HOLIDAYS and Upcoming In Person Worship Opportunities  

We understand and share our community’s desire to be together in person for these upcoming High Holidays and are pleased that, as of now, it looks like we will be able to do so safely. As with last year, we will also have a complete online option for those who feel more comfortable worshipping remotely.  

In the coming days, each member household will receive in the mail their personalized High Holy Day tickets (for those who are members in good standing, having paid at least a portion of your annual dues commitment) and important details about the upcoming holidays. Please take a few moments to RSVP for the High Holy days. We are counting on the RSVPs for contact tracing as well as to ensure that we are within the recommended capacity limits.    

Our current plan for the High Holy Days is to welcome all vaccinated members and guests for in-person worship. Children under the age of twelve (12) and those with a documented medical exemption from vaccination are also welcome to participate in person. Those who are not vaccinated are invited to worship with us from home. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community and will provide additional details about entry and exit requirements, masking, and any other safety protocols as we get closer to the holiday.  

Given emerging data on the Delta variant, the committee has made the unanimous recommendation to require masking indoors including worshipers at all services, regardless of vaccination status. Although we love seeing your faces in song and prayer, we believe this is a prudent step at this time. We also request that any members with cold symptoms, fever, or extreme fatigue—which may be signs of breakthrough COVID infection in vaccinated persons—stay home and participate via livestream rather than attending in person.  

As with all things over the course of this pandemic, we recognize that the situation can evolve quickly, and we promise to assess and adjust our practices and procedures.  We appreciate your patience and ongoing support as our reopening policies continue to evolve in this changing environment. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community along with our goal to maintain meaningful worship, learning opportunities, and communal connection for our members. As always, please reach out if you would like to discuss any of the above. We wish you a good rest of the summer and look forward to beginning 5782 by worshipping together. 

Thu, September 16 2021 10 Tishrei 5782