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Temple Protocols for In-Person B'nei Mitzvah

Updated May, 2022
Overview

The COVID situation continues to be changeable. The information below applies as of May 19, 2022. We will do our best to keep families apprised of changes as they occur. We welcome questions and clarifications, either with staff (terrie@oaklandsinai.org, betsy@oaklandsinai.org, or with clergy (rmates-muchin@oaklandsinai.org, haznkeys@oaklandsinai.org).
 

Friday Night Services

Friday night services are currently in person in the Sanctuary. The b’nei mitzvah student leads the Friday night kiddush and the family lights candles all together.
 

Location of Services and Logistics

Saturday b’nei mitzvah services are currently being held in the Sanctuary.
 

Clergy Presence
  • The Rabbi and the Cantor will be in-person for all b’nei mitzvah services.
  • When the Cantor is away, her substitute may Zoom in to the service due to health concerns. 
Guests/Capacity
  • There is no limit on the number of guests allowed to attend the service.
  • We can also connect an unlimited number through Zoom.
Changes in Covid Precautions
  • Proof of vaccination is no longer required to attend/participate in in-person b’nei mitzvah services. 
  • PCR testing by immediate family in order to unmask during the service is no longer required. 
  • Members of the congregation are welcome to attend all b’nei mitzvah services. 
  • There is no restriction on the number of guests who can attend kiddush luncheons. 
  • Guests are no longer required to be seated while eating/drinking.  
Covid Measures that Will Remain in Place Include: 
  • Masks are still mandatory at this time; anyone visiting Temple Sinai must remain masked except while eating/drinking. 
  • Food service requirements (see our Food Policies here) remain in place – food may be served by a server(s) or may be individually wrapped for each guest.
  • We will continue to provide indoor seating and outdoor seating in the Sacred Garden when possible.
Kiddush Luncheons and Food Policies
  • Families are currently allowed to hold a kiddush luncheon for their guests (total of 220 seated) in Stern Hall after the service.
  • Additional limited seating may be set up in the Sacred Garden.
  • Please see the food safety protocols on the b’nei mitzvah page of our website for complete policies around serving food.
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