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COVID-19 Protocols for Worship & Programming

COVID-19 Protocols for Worship & Programming

Central Synagogue follows the latest health and safety protocols established by the CDC, local government, and our COVID-19 Task Force of medical professionals. We monitor the situation closely and update these policies as conditions evolve.

OVERALL GUIDELINES

Central Synagogue is a fully vaccinated campus. Anyone who is eligible must show proof of vaccination to enter any building on our campus.

Masking is required at all times for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may not have vents or valves and must always cover the nose and mouth. Surgical masks are available upon request. No food or drink are permitted at any programming or life cycle events.

We will limit capacity. Central will not exceed 50% capacity for any service or event in any of our spaces including our main Sanctuary.

SHABBAT SERVICES AND WORSHIP

 Members:

  • In-person worship is open to all fully vaccinated members and their fully vaccinated guests.
  • Children of member families who are not yet old enough to be vaccinated, or who are not yet 2-weeks post full vaccination, will:
    • Require proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.
    • Require, in advance of the service, completion of a Health Screening (available here) and or upon arrival by our Security team.
    • Be seated, along with their family, in a separate section.

General Public:

  • Friday night Shabbat services are not open to the general public at this time. With pre-approval, exceptions may be made for the following: those in mourning, those enrolled in a Central Synagogue program or The Neighborhood at Central Synagogue, and special invited visitors (e.g., visiting confirmation classes). To obtain approval, please email [email protected].
  • Our Saturday morning Mishkan services are open to the public.

LIFE CYCLE EVENTS

  • Funeral: Given that funerals happen within days of a death, Central will not deny entry to individuals who are mourning a loss and, therefore, we will not turn anyone away from a funeral for inability to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. All unvaccinated attendees will need to sit in a separate section.
  • B’nei Mitzvah: Member families may invite up to 125 guests for the Saturday morning service. For questions, please contact Keren Eckstein, B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator, at [email protected].
  • Other Life Cycles: Member’s should email [email protected] to get information about scheduling other life cycles events including weddings, baby namings, and bris.

ADULT PROGRAMMING, RELIGIOUS SCHOOL (LCLJ), AND NURSERY SCHOOL

  • Adult Programs: Attendees must show proof of vaccination and must remain masked for the duration of the program.
  • Youth and Family Programs: Children of families who are not yet old enough to be vaccinated, or who are not yet 2-weeks post full vaccination, will:
    • Require proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.
    • Require, in advance of the service, completion of a Health Screening (available here) and or upon arrival by our Security team.
    • Be seated, along with their family, in a separate section.
  • LCLJ and Nursery School Programs: Member families with children enrolled in LCLJ or our Nursery School will receive protocols directly, but may reach with any questions to [email protected] for LCLJ or [email protected] for Nursery School.

OTHER INFORMATION

CONTACT US

For all questions or to receive additional information about our policies please contact (212)-838-5122 or us at email [email protected] or [email protected].