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COVID Safety Protocols

Updated July 21, 2021

In seeking to balance the values of pikuah nefesh (preservation of life), embrace of science, and community needs, our plan for High Holiday in person Services are:

  • We will operate at 50% of our High Holiday Capacity: In the Sanctuary this is 225 seats. 190 of those seats will be on the sanctuary level, and 35 will be in the balcony; On the roof for Family Services this is 80 seats at each service. Specific seats cannot be reserved in advance.
  • Members and immediate family of members who wish to attend in person must be fully vaccinated (one or both shots depending on regimen, with the required wait times associated with those vaccines). Those signing up must show proof of vaccination, emailing rachel@saj.nyc ahead of time, if you have not already done so. We will not maintain a record of your vaccine card but will maintain a record that we saw it.
  • On the morning of the service you will attend, you must fill out a symptom check form before entering the building.
  • At this time, wearing a mask in the sanctuary, Social Hall (for teens), or Roof will be optional. The science currently supports unmasking when everyone present is vaccinated. However, we are monitoring the variants and if recommendations change to a more conservative policy before the High Holidays, this decision may change.
  • All Sanctuary services will be streamed on Zoom, and will be the same high-quality experience as last year. Those attending via Zoom can fully participate in services, including having honors and sharing personal milestones in our community celebration.
  • As much as we would love to see children in the sanctuary, at this time we are only allowing vaccinated individuals. Parents of unvaccinated children who wish to join the Sanctuary Service are invited to sign up for those times they are not attending an in-person Family service. If you are unable to attend a sanctuary service in person, please see below for more ways to connect with the sanctuary service.
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