Adat Yeshurun – Indoor Services at Adat
- Yom Kippur Services are at capacity and we are unable to take further reservations, nor can we accept walk in guests due to COVID restrictions and guidelines.
- To register for weekly services next week (9/29-10/2), please contact the office.
“Phase 2” of RE-Opening Adat – Indoor Services (with outdoor seating)
We are able to accommodate services (in accordance to the health officials guidelines) for indoor services with outdoor seating, for both men and women respectively in the courtyard. In accordance with the health officials guidelines space is limited, and will be “first come first serve”. Under the state guidance, places of worship can operate at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower.
Required compliance with the set guidelines are still in effect and enforced (see details below). Even if you have already read these guidelines, we ask that you please read them again as there are a few important updates.
Looking forward to davening together,
COVID Health and Safety Taskforce
Dr. Joe Resnikoff, Chair
Dr. Marc Gipsman Co-chair
Daniel Reich, Rabbi
Brian Marcus, President
Guidelines for “Phase 2” of RE-Opening Adat Yeshurun
We have reintroduced services indoors (with outdoor seating available in the courtyard) at Adat Yeshurun. We urge you to please follow the guidelines presented below. If we have everyone’s cooperation we will more easily be able to reopen more smoothly and successfully. These specific instructions have been crafted with direct consultation from local and national health experts, government health officials, and our Gedolim. The policies and system presented were crafted with logistic considerations, but foremost with the goal of creating as safe an environment as possible as we climb back to normalcy, as there is nothing more sacred and valuable than human life.
It is going to take time for things to look “normal” again, and as such we ask that you please be patient as we navigate our way into reopening. It is going to take some work to iron everything out and work through the kinks. Please understand that we are trying our best under these circumstances and receiving the best guidance available.
We along with our fellow Rabbis at Beth Jacob, and under the guidance of our Gedolim, ask that you please continue to NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY UNSANCTIONED MINYANIM.
Community discipline at large is required for these minyanim to continue, and for us to progress to subsequent stages as time goes on.
Locations of services:
Regular services will be indoors with outdoor seating available in the courtyard at Adat Yeshurun. We kindly request, if you are comfortable praying inside, that you leave the outdoor seating available for those who due to caution or health concerns wish to remain outdoors. There will also be designated individuals at each Minyan who are there to ensure everything is running smoothly and in line with these protocols.
Eligibility for attending services:
During this time we are limiting participation to people who are between the ages of year leading to Bar/Bat Mitzvah (11/12 yrs old) and up. Due to the current circumstances, we can not accommodate any children or in-person children’s programming at this time. Those over the age of 65 or in a “high-risk” group (i.e. diabetic, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease etc.) are welcome to attend but are strongly encouraged to consult with their physician before attending services.
Anyone with any of the following symptoms, as outlined by the CDC, cannot attend services at this time: Cough; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; Fever; Chills; Muscle pain; Sore throat; New loss of taste or smell, runny nose or nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea or fatigue.
If one has been infected with COVID-19, he or she must be symptom free for 10 days before attending services. If someone has been exposed to an individual infected with COVID-19, they must be symptom-free for at least 2 weeks before attending services. Exceptions may be made for people with recent negative tests for COVID-19. If a negative test was performed or there is a question regarding a potential exposure, please contact the synagogue prior to attending services.
Please note: These criteria allow one to attend a minyan, they do not obligate one to do so; one is certainly entitled to be more cautious and daven at home.
One may only attend services if they commit to adhering to these general procedures:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth the entire time you are present at the minyan, with no exception.
- Stay in your marked and designated location from when you arrive until when you leave, ensuring 6ft of distance is kept between one another.
- Arrive and leave in a timely manner (preferably one by one) for the sole purpose of davening; limit conversations with others or congregating at the minyan or outside on the street. The purpose of this is solely to limit social contact to its absolute minimum for the time being.
- Bring your own needed items (siddur, Chumash, tallis, tefillin, etc.). We kindly request you use your own Chumash or Siddur. If you need to use a Shul Chumash or Siddur, please do NOT return it to the shelf, but rather leave it on your seat. Thank you.
- Be prepared to have limited access to a restroom or other facilities (If you absolutely need, you must disinfect the bathroom after use. The restroom will be limited to only one person at a time).
- If you begin to not feel well during the Minyan please leave Immediately and we ask you not to attend minyanim until the symptoms and concerns are resolved, as determined by a competent medical professional.
How the Minyan will function:
There will be designated Gabbais and safety officers at each service to adhere to and enforce these guidelines and we ask that individuals do not police others activities in a vigilante-style. If you have any concerns please address them to one of the Gabbais or the COVID Taskforce.
Receiving Aliyot During Services
The procedure for getting an Aliyah is as follows:
- When the Gabbai calls you up to the Torah, please go to the Bimah in the most direct way possible while avoiding people’s personal 6ft of space to limit exposure.
- The one receiving an Aliyah will stand on the right side of a clear plastic partition, while the one reading the Torah will stand on the left side. The one receiving the Aliyah can read along with the Torah reading from inside the Torah scroll.
- Please try to avoid touching the plastic partition. Hand sanitizer will be available on the shtender, along with the text of the blessing. Please sanitize hands before and after completing the Aliyah.
- After your Aliyah please return to your seat in the most direct way possible while avoiding people’s personal 6ft of space to limit exposure.
- Once you return to your seat the next person receiving their Aliyah will be called up to the Torah to avoid any traffic.
- This system has been devised to facilitate those who are comfortable getting an Aliyah. If you are uncomfortable being called to the Torah let us know beforehand and please do not feel obligated if you are approached by a Gabbai.
You MUST register for services at the gate. You will be asked to sign in and confirm you have no symptoms compatible with COVID-19. Guests must register through the shul website at least 24 hours prior to the service.
Shabbat and weekday services registrations are accepted on a “first come first serve” basis. Registration for Shabbat will be accepted until Thursday night at 11:59 PM. You will be notified with a confirmation if you have a spot by Friday afternoon.
Registration forms can be found on the shul website at www.adatyeshurun.org
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and appreciate your compliance with these guidelines. We are excited to, please God, to be coming back to Adat Yeshurun, even in this limited fashion.
Now more than ever, the attitudes with which we reinaugurate our shul and the way we approach our shul experience will go a long way in ensuring amazing growth for our amazing community.