In person Shabbat Services to Begin Friday March 5th, 2021

Monday March 1st, 2021

Hello TBS Families and Friends,

Happy New Year...Spring will be here shortly...I hope everyone is healthy. There have been many inquiries regarding the Re-Opening of TBS’ Friday Night Shabbat Services. As you may already know, since the beginning of June, we have had a group of people collaborating and discussing safety protocol throughout the year. Behind the scenes, the following congregants have been meeting weekly and are members of the “Re-Opening Committee”: Gary Midelton (Medical Doctor), Adrienne Milich(Nurse), Marty Rutstein(Environmental Clean-Up Specialist), Spencer Stein(Real Estate Lawyer), Dawn Bernstein(Human Resource Specialist) and myself (High School Math Teacher/Union Officer). We utilize CDC and NYS Board of Health Guidelines, along with the NYS laws regarding religious gatherings to help us inform our decisions.

At this time NYS (Rockland County) COVID-19 infections and hospitalization rates are decreasing. The vaccine is being disseminated in a variety of locations. Therefore, we are looking towards reintroducing live in person Friday night services, beginning Friday, March 5th. There will be some established protocols that we will all have to abide by once again:

  • There will be a limited number of people allowed into the sanctuary…”30”. We feel that this number will allow for proper and safe social distancing. If there is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, those families will have priority before other attendees can reserve. Anyone observing Kadish will also have priority.

  • We will continue to stream all services for those attending virtually.

  • Reservations will be required to attend an in-person service on a first come, first service basis...please be sure to email Valentina to let her know that you will be attending. ( Once you reserve, Valentina will email a “COVID Form” to you to fill out to bring with you to the service.

  • Only immediate family members can sit together as a “pod”.

  • For B’nai Mitzvah services, a seating chart with family member attendees must be submitted to Valentina one week before the service. This will help with social distancing requirements.

  • Hand sanitizer stations, form collection, temperature scanning and seating placement will be available as you walk into the building

  • Face masks must be worn at all times.

  • You will be asked to “sing from your heart”...this will avoid the spread of respiratory particles.

  • Please use your online prayer book---the link is on our webpage

  • Please bring your own yarmulke and tallit.

  • Only one person at a time may use the restroom.

  • Please only attend services if you are in good health.

  • Please maintain social distancing at all times and refrain from approaching the clergy.

  • Please refrain from long term socializing in the lobby before/after the service.

Thank you for your support and understanding. We hope to see you more often.

Also...SAVE THE DATE: Saturday March 20th...”TBS Virtual Art Auction” at 7PM (Cocktail Hour)...8PM Live Auction. We will be honoring: Jessica and Craig Fetterman, Amy and Matt Hough, & Marion and Al Osterlitz. You should have received a mailing with information about this...if you have not, please call the office. In addition, please consider taking out a journal can send it to Invite your family and friends! We are looking forward to having a fun night and raising much needed funds for TBS too. I would personally like to thank Karen Topchik for organizing this online event. See you all on March 20th.


Lauren Schimko

Temple Beth Sholom, President

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