Staying Safe: COVID-19 Updates
This information was last updated on January 18, 2022.
Congregation Emanu-El continues to strive to maintain an environment that promotes the health and well-being of our congregants, employees, and those who visit our synagogue. As part of this effort, we consistently take into account congregant feedback, the latest evidence about COVID-19, and recommendations from our COVID-19 Advisory Team. We ask that you follow these policies and procedures, which will be updated to reflect the most current best practices. As updated guidance is available, we will be prepared to make appropriate changes, while always prioritizing your safety and upholding our Jewish value of pikuach nefesh, to preserve individual and communal health.
Thank you for following these rules to help keep you and others in our community healthy and safe.
If you are experiencing hardship and need support or pastoral care, be in touch at [email protected] or leave a message on the main temple phone line at 415-751-2535 and someone will reach out to you.
Friday Night In-Person Shabbat Services are Temporarily Suspended
In response to the rapidly growing spread of Omicron, we are suspending Friday night in-person worship for the next few weeks. Please do join us online for Shabbat services on our website and on Facebook Live.
Previously Scheduled Life Cycle Events
Please note, we will carry on with previously scheduled life cycle events, including Saturday B’nai Mitzvah. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and update you regarding subsequent weeks as we learn more. If you plan to attend any of our in-person offerings, we ask that you follow these policies and procedures, which will be updated to reflect the most current best practices.
In-Person Temple Event Policies
Due to COVID-19, in-person gatherings remain limited at Temple Emanu-El. Click here to view our full temple event policies (updated 01/05/2022). Please note the following:
- Masking (with surgical or N/KN95 masks) is required for all Emanu-El events. Because Omicron is more transmissible than previous variants, the CDC recommends taking greater precautions to avoid the coronavirus, which includes discontinuing the use of cloth masks and instead utilizing surgical or N/KN95 masks. This policy is in place regardless of vaccination status for all indoor, outdoor, on-site and off-site services and life cycle events.
- Full vaccination status is required for those eligible when participating in our programs. Consistent with city, state, CDC and other public health authority guidance, COVID-19 vaccines are the most important and effective tool in preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. Per updated SFDPH guidelines, a fully vaccinated individual means:
- The individual is two weeks past completing the full initial course of vaccines AND
- One week past receiving a booster of any type, once eligible for a booster.
- Please have your proof of vaccination and ID ready before approaching the front gate at Emanu-El.
- Those ineligible for vaccination (including children under the age of 5) must be tested via PCR or rapid antigen within 72 hours of visiting Emanu-El (please be prepared to show proof of negative test upon entry).
- All clergy have been vaccinated and are routinely tested.
- No food or drinks will be allowed at this time.
You can now watch our weekly Shabbat services from the comfort of your own home. Visit our livestreaming page to tune in. You can also view services on the temple’s Facebook page (you don’t need a Facebook account to participate).
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