Gathering together is at the heart of what it means to be part of a synagogue. But as we are now aware, gatherings present a risk for increasing spread of COVID-19 during this Public Health Emergency.
For many of us, our experience of Judaism is as much about connection and community as anything else, and these past many months have been challenging and sometimes isolating. We have missed the feeling of a campus buzzing with Jewish life: the sound of Religious School children echoing through the halls, congregants discussing Torah in the Wiener Library, voices lifted in song filling our sanctuary.
As Los Angeles opens back up, we at Temple Judea are thrilled to be welcoming many of you back to campus. Based on what we know today, these are our current plans for re-opening campus.
As always, as things change, these may change.
Our highest priority is always the health and safety of ALL of our members. Judaism teaches that every individual is responsible for the well-being of every other person, and our plans for reopening are based upon this crucial Jewish value.
The senior lay and professional leadership of our community have been working to formulate plans and protocols to ensure that we can gather for worship safely.
Erev Shabbat Services on Fridays at 6:15pm
Erev Shabbat services will be held outdoors in our courtyard, weather permitting, in order to accommodate as many of our members as possible, safely. Anyone eligible for a vaccine will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter. Each person will be asked to show proof of vaccination upon entering the building and, in accordance with LA County Department of Health protocols, all persons, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask.
Don’t forget: you can watch every service online!
While we are holding services in the courtyard, online access will be via Facebook Live and Zoom.
In addition, we have updated and enhanced the online worship experience that will be broadcast from the Goor Sanctuary and it will evolve continuously.
So, if for any reason you don’t feel comfortable coming in person, you can always join us online. Learn more about how to join us for Erev Shabbat virtually by clicking HERE.
As always, when on campus, use common sense precautions:
- Masks, and when indicated, proof of vaccination will be required for entry. Everyone must wear a mask and it must stay on the face, covering nose and mouth, the entire time on the Temple Judea premises.
- If anyone has any symptoms of COVID19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell), they will not be allowed to enter. If anyone has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID19, they will not be allowed to enter.
- Wash/sanitize your hands often, especially after touching anything that others may touch, including, but not limited to car doors and handles, telephones, door knobs, stair bannisters, elevator buttons, etc.
- Observe per room limits, if any, that are posted for that room.
- In the restrooms, wipe down toilet seats, flush handles, sink faucets, etc, or anything that you touch. (This is not necessary if there is a member of the maintenance staff stationed at the restroom.)
- No sharing of books, documents, electronic devices, etc.
- Follow all directional signs and instructions from staff, especially when one-way signs are posted.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the senior leadership of the synagogue has worked hard to balance the safety and well-being of our complex institution while adhering to Jewish values: this will continue to be our north star. We are joyful that we are now able to greet many of you back in our beautiful Tarzana campus.