COVID-19 Updates

(As of August 6, 2021)

Dear Temple Emanuel Community,


We hope this note finds you well. We’re writing to share a brief update on our current Temple guidelines for how we plan to gather as a community for the holidays in a few short weeks. Erev Rosh Hashanah begins Monday night, September 6, and you can find complete information about tickets and our full list of services and programs here. To receive tickets and/or online access to our services, please remember to renew your Temple membership, if you have not already done so! Click here to pay your temple dues and/or tuition.


Additionally, in order to help minimize risk to those who wish to gather for the holidays in person, and to honor our Jewish value of pikuach nefesh, safeguarding life, our Temple Emanuel COVID-19 Task Force has approved the following policies:

  1. Masks will be required for all who join our services in person, regardless of vaccination status. This includes our choir and our musicians, who have additionally shown proof of their vaccination status, and this applies to all of our services.
  2. We will be making adjustments to our set up in the sanctuary, and for our bimah honors. These include keeping the first two rows of seats empty to maintain distance from the bimah, and having some of our congregant honorees participate from the microphone/table in the center aisle.
  3. We are planning to use our newly dedicated Rabbi Robert and Faith Goldstein Pavilion (our outdoor patio) for some of our auxiliary services, such as our Yom Kippur Healing Service, and our afternoon Children’s Services for families with children 8 and younger.
  4. We will ask our community not to gather in the foyer inside, before or after services. We additionally encourage you to spread out, as possible, throughout the Sanctuary and Social Hall while indoors.


Concurrent Children’s Program on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning
(Ages 4 – Grade 3)
Our concurrent program will be available this year exclusively during the early service (9:00 AM) on the first day of Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 7) and Yom Kippur (Sept. 16). Capacity will be limited, so families who wish to have their children participate in these programs must RSVP as soon as possible by clicking here. Please note that once we reach capacity, we will not be able to accommodate additional or walk-in registrations. For families who prefer to participate from home, we plan to provide an opportunity to pick up a holiday “goodie-bag,” and access a pre-recorded service for your children to participate in while you attend our services online. Children additionally remain welcome in the sanctuary services, as they are each year.


As we hope you can see, the goals of gathering and celebrating together, keeping one another safe, and complying with local, state, and federal guidelines remain central in our decision-making process. We will be posting all of these updates to our website on the High Holy Day page for your future reference, as well. We thank you in advance for your understanding and your patience if circumstances should require further changes to any of these plans.


As we navigate through these challenging times, we pray that our Temple Emanuel community can continue to be a source of comfort and strength for us all, and that we will all do our part to help minimize risks to one another and keep our congregational family safe while celebrating our sacred times with pride, joy, and optimism.


With blessing and hope for a sweet and healthy new year,
Rabbi Max Chaiken
Cantor Idan Irelander
Dave Trachtenberg
Maureen Chapman
Executive Director