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Reopening Policies (June 2021)

Safety Policies

Masks: Masks are required for all indoor and outdoor events. The one exemption from the masking policy are those who are leading services and programs. Anyone removing a mask to lead a service must be fully vaccinated or provide a negative Covid test within 24 hours of the service. Exceptions will be made for people who are fully vaccinated and whose disabilities make wearing masks difficult.

Social Distancing: Though social distancing is no longer required by the state, we realize that there will be some community members who continue to prefer social distancing. At all events, services, and programs, there will be designated space for those who want to maintain social distancing. We ask that everyone honor that space by saying hello and greeting people from a distance.

Vaccination: We are only able to come together in-person because so many of our members are vaccinated. If you have not done it yet, please get vaccinated. If you want help finding a facility, making an appointment, or arranging transportation in order to get a vaccine, please contact info@oaklandsinai.org and we will help.

The Temple Building: We continue to restrict general access to the building, though if you need to come to the building, please contact a member of the staff and we can arrange a time to meet you.

 

Updates on Temple Programs
 
Worship Services

High Holy Days

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: Evening and morning Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will be held in-person at the Paramount. All services will be streamed live to FaceBook and Vimeo as well. More information on capacity limits and other guidelines and restrictions will come as we get closer to the holy day celebrations.

The plans for S’lichot, the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Children’s Services, K-4th grade programming, the Youth Service and the Healing, Yizkor and Neilah services have yet to be finalized. We will share plans with the community as soon as possible.

Sukkot and Simchat Torah: Our Sukkot and Simchat Torah celebrations will take place at the Temple. Service and celebration details will be determined later this summer.

Friday Shabbat Services: We will have in-person services twice a month in July and August.                      

  •               July 2nd, outdoors
  •               July 23rd, Chapel and Sacred Garden
  •               August 6th, outdoors
  •               August 20th, Chapel and Sacred Garden

All in-person services this summer will also be streamed to Facebook and Vimeo. All Shabbat services not held in-person will be held virtually.

Sababa Shabbat: We hope to have in-person Sababa Shabbat services in the Fall. Dates and details to come.

B’nei Mitzvah: All B’nei Mitzvah services will take place in the Chapel until further notice. B’nei Mitzvah services are not open to the entire community in-person, but everyone can continue to participate virtually. For the new, detailed protocols, please visit our b'nei mitzvah section.

B’nei Mitzvah tutoring and rehearsals will continue to remain virtual, unless otherwise arranged with the clergy.

Shabbat Minyan: The Shabbat Minyan will meet in-person on the second Shabbat of the month in July and August. The service will take place outside, in the upper courtyard.

Torah Study: Torah Study will remain virtual for now. We hope to move to meet in-person once a month after High Holy Days.

Tuesday Morning Minyan: The Minyan will be able to meet in-person in the chapel beginning in July.

 
Adult Education and Other Programming

Havdallah Hikes: Havdallah hikes will resume at the end of June and continue at it’s regular schedule through the summer season.

Adult Choir: The Adult Choir will begin to meet in-person in the fall. Because members of the Choir will lead services in the coming year, all members of the Choir must be vaccinated or provide regular negative Covid tests.

Committee Meetings: Committee Meetings will primarily remain virtual for now. Offsite in-person gatherings will be determined by committee leadership and members.

Adult Education: Adult Education classes will be virtual or in-person depending on the program. Please read descriptions carefully.

Religious School and Preschool

Preschool: We are fortunate that our preschoolers have been in-person since last July. Policies on parents in the building to visit classrooms and other gatherings are underway and will be announced before school begins again in the Fall.

Religious School and Youth Programs K-12: K-6th grade Religious School families will have the option of in-person classes as well as virtual classes in the coming year. Our 7-12th programs will take place in person. Registration materials will be sent in July.

We will continue to update you as plans are finalized for the fall. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with any one of us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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