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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.

UPDATED August 11, 2022


Worship services, Adult Programming, and Life-Cycle events will be mask-optional as of July 1, 2022. We still encourage mask-wearing as masks are a proven method to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Central Synagogue continues to require full vaccination for entry into our facilities. Vaccination status is determined by the number of doses and boosters recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) based on age group and health status. 



  • We will continue to welcome invited guests of members to services each week.
  • We continue to require full vaccination for entry into our facilities. We will no longer conduct vaccination checks at the entry to worship services and will rely on the honor system.
  • Services will have a seated section for those who prefer to wear a mask. This section will be on the main floor on the north side of the sanctuary.  
  • While we are not open to the public, anyone who is in enrolled in an ongoing Central program, who is a regular attendee to Central classes/worship (e.g., Mishkan, morning minyan, or Bible and Bagels), anyone who joined as a Neighbor of Central Synagogue (our new virtual program), anyone in mourning or observing a yahrzeit, confirmation classes visiting NY, and special guests may attend. Everyone is expected to adhere to the same guidelines around vaccination and masking as all other attendees.
  • There is no pre-registration required for worship services.


  • Life Cycle Events: Members should email [email protected] to get information about scheduling life cycle events including weddings, baby namings, and bris.
  • There is no pre-registration required for life cycle events.


  • Adult Programs: Adult programs taking place in person for members and invited guests are noted as such on each event page. Virtual options will also be offered for most programs.
  • LCLJ and Nursery School Programs: Member families with children enrolled in LCLJ or our Nursery School will receive protocols and scheduling directly but may reach out with any questions to [email protected] for LCLJ or [email protected] for Nursery School. We will still require proof of vaccination for children in the LCLJ and NS as applicable. 


  • We will resume hosting private events with food service. Central employees staffing these events will be required to wear masks. If attendees prefer to wear masks at private events, we encourage them to do so, but it will not be required.


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