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Policies

Effective Friday, March 11, 2022

Please see below for details on our key policies related to masking, vaccinations, event size and more.

The Congregation Beth Emeth Covid Task Force, which includes a public health expert and a doctor, has reevaluated our current masking policy based on guidance from the CDC and the ongoing risks and impacts of the pandemic in our community. Effective Friday, March 11, 2022, CBE will be FULLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Masks will be optional in the building with the following exceptions:

  • Masks will continue to be required for participants in BEECC and religious school activities, and for all individuals in the school wing when students are present. Based on the advice of health and medical experts on the task force, we are maintaining current policies for school to protect the health of those most vulnerable and reduce disruptions to our educational programs. We also note that this is consistent with the approach of many Jewish preschools and religious schools throughout the area.

    Regarding the religious school, we have two teachers who, due to personal health circumstances, would be unable to continue teaching safely in our school without masks in-place. Out of consideration for them, their students, and to limit disruptions to the classes, we made the decision to continue the current mask requirement at least through the end of the school year.  

    Given that the CBE kitchen is now open for community use, BEECC and the Religious School will now be using the kitchen so that cooking and baking can be added back to the curriculum. Health and safety measures will be followed.
     
  • Our staff may, at their discretion, require that visitors to the office spaces wear a mask. Please be respectful of any signs or requests that you mask in certain spaces as you move around the building.
     
  • As the size of our in-person events and the make-up of attendees can fluctuate please be mindful that there will be some events where size or circumstances will require attendees to mask. That will be noted on the website and event publications. If you’ve arrived without one, we will have plenty on hand for you.


In addition to changes to the mask requirement, we are pleased to share that capacity for sit-down dining for events is being expanded to 100 people. Meetings, classes and other activities also can also be held in spaces throughout the building. 

As always, our main concern is the health and wellbeing of everyone who is part of our community, and, while we’re thrilled to have reached the point where we can make these changes, the task force would like to encourage everyone to be mindful and respectful of the following: 
 

  • CBE policy continues to require that all medically eligible persons coming into our facilities, or participating in our events, be vaccinated against COVID-19. We reserve the right to request proof of vaccination in the building or at events. We encourage members (including eligible children) and guests to upload proof of vaccination to our website https://www.bethemeth.org/form/vaccine-status. Please note that vaccination information is stored in a restricted access portion of our system for your privacy. 
     
  • We recognize that members of the community may choose to continue to wear masks in some or all circumstances while participating in activities at CBE, and hope that anyone choosing to do so can in a comfortable and respectful environment. To the greatest extent possible, we will continue to provide options that allow individuals to manage their own exposure risk, including grab and go food items, socially distanced seating and masks, hand sanitizer, and other resources. The task force encourages everyone participating in activities at Beth Emeth to be inclusive, accommodating, and respectful as we navigate these transitions. 


The task force continues to monitor public health guidance and the metrics for our community and, if needed, we will revise our policies accordingly. We welcome the input and feedback of members and guests. If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 policies, please contact COVID19@bethemeth.org. Feedback can also be provided anonymously through the form located at https://form.jotform.com/213468172650153

Services During Covid 

All services will be held online, with Kabbalat Shabbat, Shabbat Morning, and some special occasions are both online and in-person. Please refer to our Services webpage for additional information.

Support for Congregants During COVID-19

  • Caring Community: Congregation Beth Emeth (CBE) wants to help any congregant who is self-isolating by running errands such as grocery shopping and medication pickups. Please contact our Caring Community Co-Chairs if you need assistance or if you have some time to help out others. Or if you prefer, contact Executive Director David Bass.
  • Financial Assistance: If you have been affected economically, we have some limited funds available to help members with immediate expenses. Please contact  David Bass -- all information in this regard is confidential.

COVID-19 Task Force

Our COVID-19 task force is composed of representatives from our leadership, the school, the various demographics in our congregation, individuals versed in public health and safety, and a physician.

  • Scott Wollek, Chair
  • Fran Besalel
  • Leslie Lesch
  • Ellen MacDonald
  • David Bass
  • Denise Moldover
  • Lauren Moses
  • Diane Norman
  • Ora Cohen Rosenfeld
  • Jeff Waldman, M.D.

Other COVID-19 Resources

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