TBI responses to COVID-19

Update on Policies Updated July 3, 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.

Currently, as of July 3, 2022, the building is fully open. Masks are optional, and we encourage all members and guests to be respectful of each person’s choice to mask or not. There will be times when you are asked to mask up for the safety of those in attendance – we will do our best to notify you of this requirement before you arrive at the building (for example, many of our children are still masking when indoors). We continue to request that those who are ill join us online and not in person.

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 have started to join together for onegs and luncheons once again – we hope to offer oneg every Friday night beginning in September. While we continue to believe outdoor gatherings are safest, we are excited to welcome all to join us inside as well.

TBI continues to have available: hand sanitizer and masks for those who may want or need them. 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

Sincerely,

Temple B’nai Israel Covid Task Force