The Temple-Tifereth Israel COVID Guidelines

Protocols will continue to be dependent on current recommendations of the CDC and local authorities and are subject to change. We ask that you continue to join us in protecting our community by staying home when you are sick (from any contagious illness), washing your hands often, and following other public health best practices. If the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic changes, or health guidelines change in a way that impacts our thinking, we will reassess these plans as needed. As always, our top priority is the safety and health of our clergy, staff, congregants, and guests.

We invite you to reach out to any of us with any feedback, concerns or specific questions regarding this regathering plan. We are so looking forward to safely welcoming you back!


Health and Safety Policies

  • All services and events are limited to 50% capacity in any indoor area.
  • No food or drink is permitted at indoor events.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • For services and other events, there must be physical distancing of at least 3 feet between households.
  • All service and event attendees must sign in upon arrival for contact tracing purposes.
  • Vaccination is mandatory for clergy, staff, and teachers.
  • Clergy will receive weekly COVID testing.

Shabbat Services

  • We invite vaccinated adult congregants to attend Shabbat services.
  • We strongly encourage unvaccinated and immunocompromised adults to participate virtually.
  • There will be at least 20 feet of distance between clergy and congregation.
  • Children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine are welcome to attend with vaccinated adults in their household.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while indoors at The Temple, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Physical distance of at least 3 feet must be maintained between households.
  • All congregants must sign in upon arrival for contact tracing purposes.
  • There will be no hakafah (Torah procession), aliyot, honors, or oneg.
  • Vaccination is mandatory for clergy and staff.
  • Clergy will receive weekly COVID testing.

Life Cycle Events including B’nai Mitzvahs

  • Masks must be worn at all times while indoors at The Temple, regardless of vaccination status.
  • We invite vaccinated adults to attend in person
  • Family and friends traveling from out of town are strongly encouraged to take extra safety precautions and submit to COVID testing prior to the event if possible.
  • Children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine are welcome to attend with vaccinated adults in their household.
  • Unvaccinated and immunocompromised adults are strongly encouraged to attend virtually.
  • All attendees must sign in upon arrival for contact tracing purposes.
  • There will be at least 20 feet of distance between clergy and congregation.
  • No more than 50 people are permitted in the chapel. Events anticipating more than 50 people will take place in the sanctuary.
  • There will be no Aliyot/honors from the pulpit; Aliyot and honors to be taken from a distance
  • Vaccination is mandatory for clergy and staff.
  • Clergy will receive weekly COVID testing.

Adult Learning Programs

  • We invite vaccinated adults to attend.
  • Unvaccinated and immunocompromised adults are strongly encouraged to attend virtually.
  • There will be no food or drink.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while indoors at The Temple, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All attendees must sign in upon arrival for contact tracing purposes.
  • Physical distancing of at least 3 feet must be maintained between households.
  • Vaccination is mandatory for clergy and staff.
  • Clergy will receive weekly COVID testing.