Staying Safe: COVID-19 Updates
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. 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.
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. We strongly encourage all who are eligible to be vaccinated. As we enter the High Holy Day season, we require you to certify through our online registration form that you are fully vaccinated to attend indoor services and events.
For those ineligible for vaccination, including children under 12, we require that proof of a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of the service, be presented upon entry. While children are welcome inside the synagogue, only children who have been tested and can be masked for the duration of the service can attend indoor services.
With a robust variety of services planned at the synagogue, outdoors, and online we want to provide a meaningful and safe experience that allows you to connect with your community. We will continue to actively monitor pandemic trends and the most up-to-date scientific recommendations as they evolve. 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.
Regular In-Person Gatherings:
Due to COVID-19, in-person gatherings remain limited at Temple Emanu-El. Click here to view our temple event policies. Please note the following:
- We are requiring masking for all congregants regardless of vaccination status for all indoor, outdoor, on-site and off-site services and life cycle events
- Vaccinations, for those who are eligible, are required for ALL Emanu-El events
- For those who are ineligible for vaccination, we are accepting PCR or rapid test results
- Clergy will mask on bimah for the duration of each service
- Clergy leading outdoors may unmask, if they choose to
- No food or drinks at any events at this time
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.
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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