TBI responses to COVID-19

Update on Policies Updated October 21, 2022

Current Procedures

The COVID-19 Task Force has been working together for over two years now to develop our congregational approach to COVID-19. 

This page will have the most up-to-date policy from the COVID Task Force.

Effective 10/14/22:
  • Masks are recommended but not required. 

  • Anyone at high risk of getting very sick should consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities, and should wear a high-quality mask when indoors in public.

  • When possible, people should practice social distancing.

  • Food and beverages are allowed indoors.

If you have symptoms, get tested. If you have COVID-19 or have had recent exposure to an infected person comply with CDC guidance. See guidance here.

We encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated and boosted.

We are following the guidance of our Task Force as well as: CDC, Michigan Health and Human Services and Kalamazoo Health Department. You can see where our COVID-19 numbers are at in Kalamazoo County here.

Other Updates

We encourage everyone to follow the direction of their doctors along with the CDC and other health officials. For those in Kalamazoo County, see more at the Health Department’s website.

The Board of TBI did approve the installation of hardware to make live-streaming significantly easier, and the intention is to continue to have the option available for people to stream services. We also will continue to use Zoom for many activities/meetings/services/etc.

The values we continue to lift up are:

  • Pikuah Nefesh “Safeguarding Life” – which is a bedrock principle of Jewish law, and supersedes most other obligations or mitzvot.
  • She’at Hadehak “Extraordinary Moment” – which teaches us that extraordinary moments require change, flexibility and compassion for one another.
  • Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh “We Are Responsible for One Another” – which teaches us that we must look out for the well being and safety of one another. Whether that means our mental, physical or emotional well being.
  • Hesed  “Profound Love and Kindness” – which teaches us that every one of our actions should come from a place of love and kindness.

TBI is working to make any type of attendance at TBI safe, however, there is no way for TBI to eliminate all risks of attendance. 

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please reach out to Jenn Odza at president@templebnaiisrael.com


Temple B’nai Israel Covid Task Force