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Temple Beth El in the Time of COVID-19

 

We are excited to safely invite you back to the building after over a year!

Masks are required in the temple building regardless of vaccination status.
 

If you would still like to attend services virtually, check out our Live Streaming page for further instructions.

Temple office now open to visitors!
The temple office is now open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed for an hour lunch from noon to 1:00 PM).

Masks are required in the office regardless of vaccination status, and you will only be allowed in the front part of the office. We look forward to seeing you!

 

In-Person Services
We at Temple Beth El would like to announce that we are immediately relaxing some of the COVID-related protocols that have previously been in effect when attending a service in person. There will still be a number of protocols in effect as we consider the safety and comfort level of all who would like to attend. It has been a long year and we are not finished with the pandemic yet. For the time being, there will be slightly different protocols depending on whether the service is outdoors or indoors. Please read below for the various changes and current protocols.
 
It is also important to note that we will continue to offer multi-access broadcasts for all of our services. An alternative location within the temple will be set up to view a broadcast service if you are not comfortable gathering in a large group indoors. We look forward to seeing more of you in person soon. 
 
Changes to Protocols (Both: Outdoors and Indoors)

  • Attendees will no longer need to sign the Brit of Attendance.
  • Attendees will no longer need to register in order to attend (with the exception of High Holiday services).
  • Attendees will have the personal choice if they find it important to continue socially distancing.
  • There will be no COVID-related capacity limits

Protocols for Outdoor Services
As it is deemed much safer to gather in large groups outdoors, there will be fewer protocols. The following protocols will now be in effect for all outdoor services. The Service Supporters will not ask anyone for proof of vaccination and therefore we are relying on the honesty of those who choose to attend.

  • Those who are FULLY vaccinated will have the choice as to whether or not to wear a mask, but following Washington State Pierce County health official recommendations we suggest that all those in attendance wear a mask. In the event there is no room outdoors to socially distance, all attendees must wear a mask.
  • Those who are NOT fully vaccinated shall wear a mask.
  • Masks are still required for all in the event that social distancing is not possible (such as in the temple courtyard).
  • All of those in attendance are able to join us in communal singing.

Protocols for Indoor Services
We will have a few more protocols in place when attending a service that is held indoors. The following protocols will now be in effect for all indoor services:

  • All attendees are required to wear a mask while indoors for a service, regardless of vaccination status.
  • At this time, all indoor services will be held in the sanctuary. To improve the flow of air in the room, the air system will be on to circulate air and the interior doors will be open. If we are able, we will also open the exterior doors to allow for fresh outdoor air. In addition, an air purifier has been placed inside the room.
  • We ask that only those who have been fully vaccinated join us in communal singing.

 
Our understanding of the virus and consequent recommendations on rules and protocols continues to shift, as do local conditions. As we move forward, the Resuming Operations Team will continue to monitor any changes offered by the State of Washington and/or federal and local health departments guidelines. The Resuming Operations Team will take the time to review any changes before making our own amendments to our protocols. We will always be asking ourselves the following questions before making any changes:

  • Is it legal and safe based on national and local health guidelines? 
  • Can we create a policy that makes it work in our building for our community? 
  • Are we prepared to enforce that policy? 
  • Are we ready to go backwards if conditions worsen?


Thank you to all for being patient as we continue working to make services accessible to all as safely and equitably as possible!
 
The Resuming Operations Team: Aaron Petersen, Cantor Fine, Rabbi Tiwy, Leslie Bright, Andy Mauer, Rebecca Kendziora, Olivia Goodwin, David Nemetz, Val Carlin, and Jani Doctor



Live Streaming
We will continue to live stream all services on Facebook and YouTube (Friday night), and Zoom (Saturday) and invite you to participate in person or virtually. For information on live streaming, visit https://www.tbetacoma.org/livestreaming.

The most current information regarding events can be found in our most current Shabbat Shalom e-mail newsletter. If you would like to receive the weekly Shabbat Shalom or other online communications from Temple Beth El, subscribe here and select your preferences.

We will continue to update our website with the most current information as it becomes available. Cantor Fine (cantorfine@tbetacoma.org) remains available for you to reach out to with any concerns, as well as support and counseling.

In-Person Gatherings
We are excited to announce that we are safely opening our doors for in-person gatherings—these include any social gatherings or meetings. It has been over a year, and it is time that we again make use of our social hall and the adjacent courtyard.

There will be a few requirements to ensure the safety and comfort level of everyone who would like to attend. The designated host of the meeting or gathering will be required to ensure that some basic protocols are followed. The basic steps and requirements are:

  • The host or designated lead of the gathering/meeting will need to contact Andy Mauer at andy@tbetacoma.org or (253) 564-7101 in the temple office to schedule the time in the calendar to ensure that we do not have any overlap in available spaces.
  • The host or designated lead will then receive instructions on how to proceed with the meeting. This will include:
    • Obtaining a list of attendees.
    • Checking in and out all attendees.
    • Asking all attendees to complete a health assessment prior to attending.
    • Providing a virtual or remote option for attending if needed.
    • Providing a list of procedures to all who plan on attending.
    • Cleaning the space when finished.
    • Following up with the office as needed.

Again, we are very excited to continue opening our doors safely and to welcome our community back to our temple. If you have any questions, please contact the temple office.

Rabbi Stefan Tiwy

Cantor Geoff Fine

Aaron Petersen, Board President

Andrea Mauer, TBE Administrator

Current Information

 

Family Resources

Check our some helpful resources we've put together for everyone in the family to enjoy at home!

 

Fri, September 24 2021 18 Tishrei 5782