Amended Covid Guidelines

Temple Sinai Covid-19 Guidelines
Approved by Board of Trustees August 11, 2021
Amended August 30, 2021
Amended September 21, 2021

PREAMBLE: All guidelines and recommendations are subject to change and review because of the uncertainty of Covid-19 and the variants. Temple Sinai will follow CDC guidelines and consider regional COVID conditions.

  1. Proof of vaccination is required for all staff an visitors to the Temple Sinai building at 509 Broadway. Children 12 and under are exempt from this requirement.
  2. Sunday school is expected to resume in-person meetings for the fall. Hebrew school is expected to continue on Zoom. We will consider the protocols of the Saratoga Springs Public Schools as a guideline, but we may establish our own requirements.
  3. Services and large group gatherings will occur initially only in the West Wing.
  4. Indoor services will require masks and maintain social distance guidelines as recommended by the CDC, regardless of vaccination status.
  5. Masks, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes will be available at all events.
  6. The number of people allowed at a service will depend upon the social distance guidelines and the space available in the West Wing.
  7. Seats for special events may be made available either by lottery or reservation.
  8. For the time being, there will be no onegs. We can do kiddush and motzi for ritual purposes.
  9. The Avodah Committee will weigh in on the format of services (in person, on Zoom, hybrid) and how often we offer each format.
  10. Shabbat services with a Bar/Bat Mitvah will accommodate a set number of seats at social distancing, based upon current CDC guidelines.
    a. Families will be notified as soon as possible in advance of the number of seats available.
    b. Families will be responsible for choosing which guests will attend in person.
    c. Some seats will be reserved for members of the congregation.
  11. Small gatherings of up to 15 vaccinated people can meet in the Temple building, masks will be required.
  12. If the approved outside groups use the Temple facilities, they will be required to wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and follow all Temple Sinai Covid guidelines.
  13. Food is permitted at outdoor Temple gatherings, as long as social distancing and masking is observed when gathered around the food table. Masking and social distancing is also recommended when not eating.