TBI responses to COVID-19

Working Towards the Future Updated August 4, 2021

Returning to In-Person Services

The COVID-19 Task Force has been working to develop a plan that will meet the sincere and important desire to congregate in person, while at the same time mitigating the risks to our members as much as feasible. 

This page will have the most up-to-date policy from the COVID Task Force. Currently that is the Guidelines published on August 4, 2021 and available here.

We anticipate that as we begin gathering we will learn what works, what does not work, and will need to regularly update the membership on changes that come about due to our experiences. Additionally, the general understanding of COVID-19 is ever-evolving and will necessitate changes to how we interact as a congregation. We will update our membership via multiple forums: email, newsletters, Facebook, and our website. Our website will be the place with the most up-to-date information on our policies and procedures regarding COVID-19.

The Board of TBI has approved 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.

To help us safely open the building, TBI will provide disinfectant, soap, and hand sanitizer. 

When we begin to gather in person, we will be creating a new normal.

A new way to be Jews together. However, though these new customs may be uncomfortable in the beginning, they are based on our Jewish values and on our TBI traditions of caring of welcoming, and of holding each other as the most valuable part of our community.

The values we lift up at this moment 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.

Congregants no longer need to sign up to attend in-person services or events.

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. We appreciate each member doing their best to comply with our Guidelines, and feel that each of us is responsible for the safety of others.

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

Sincerely,

Temple B’nai Israel Covid Task Force