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Reopening Task Force COVID Protocols June 2021

The Covid-19 Reopening Task Force has been meeting to provide guidance and develop policies and procedures to balance the needs of our congregants while ensuring the safety and well-being of our community, clergy, and staff. The task force has used guidelines from the CDC and Pima County Health Department to develop these procedures. Our decisions are made with the best intentions to keep everyone safe.
Members of the task force include the following members: Elaine Jones, Scott Arden, Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Rabbi Scott Saulson, Cantor Janece Cohen, Seth Ruskin, Nathan Rothschild, Lyn Henry, Rina Liebeskind, Oleg Shishkovskiy, Jim Liebeskind, and Donna Beyer. We are working with an epidemiologist from Emory University, Dr. Bruce G. Weniger.
Current Covid Protocols
These protocols are applicable for all members and visitors who enter both of our synagogue buildings/campuses.
Everyone vaccine eligible who enters the building, will be required to sign a Consent Form that they understand the risks of Covid-19, they are in good health, and agree to abide by all Covid protocols.
We are starting hybrid worship services. Vaccines are required for attending worship services. A maximum of 100 people including clergy, staff, and attendees will be permitted at worship services in the Rubin Family Sanctuary at Temple Emanu-El. A maximum of 40 people excluding clergy and staff will be permitted in the courtyard at Congregation Or Chadash.
Services will continue to be available through Zoom and Facebook live.
June 4th and 5th, and June 11th and 12th, we will offer the following paths of worship:
Friday evenings at 6:30 pm:
  • Campfire Shabbat (Limit 40 people excluding staff) at Congregation Or Chadash on the patio
  • Shabbat Celebration (Limit 100 people including staff) at Temple Emanu-El in the sanctuary
Saturday mornings at 10:00 am:
  • Saturday Morning Services (Limit 100 people including staff) at Temple Emanu-El in the sanctuary
Reservations for worship services in person:
  • Reservations in advance will be required. Please reserve through the website Tuesday 9:00 am through Thursday 7:00 pm preceding the Friday and Saturday service.
  • You will be asked to sign a Consent Form and submit a copy of your Vaccination Card.
Upon arrival:
  • Everyone 2 years and older must wear a mask fully covering their nose and mouth.
  • Everyone must maintain social distancing, at least 6 feet from those who do not live in your household or social bubble.
  • All attendees who registered by calling a synagogue office (rather than online) will need to show proof of Covid vaccination and sign a Consent Form before entering the Sanctuary or Courtyard.
  • Attendees must bring their own kippot and tallitot (prayer shawls).
The building will open 15 minutes before services begin. No Oneg or kiddush will be provided. At the end of worship services, please avoid congregation with others, and vacate the building as soon as you can.
Thu, June 17 2021 7 Tammuz 5781