Earlier this week the CDC released new Covid-19 guidelines and they are encouraging – at least for fully vaccinated people. “If you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.” So, what does this mean for Temple Beth Hillel? How will this affect our activities?
The board has established a Reopening Committee to answer these questions and more. What restrictions are we willing to tolerate in order to gather together in person to pray? What restrictions are we not willing to tolerate in order to gather together in person? Are we willing to wear masks? Can we require proof of vaccination? Should we require proof of vaccination? Should we consider praying outdoors? Nights can be cold here even in summer. Are we willing to listen to Cantor Shayndel sing and chant without joining her to sing together? What about Torah Study or Religious School or Adult Education? As conditions and recommendations change the committee is evaluating our options while keeping the safety of all our members our top priority.
Last week I asked you to contribute your knowledge, skills and talents to strengthen our TBH community. Can you help the Reopening Committee make these crucial decisions? Are you a medical professional? Are you an expert in public health and more specifically epidemiology? Are you willing to do some research? What will have to happen to make you comfortable to return to our synagogue in person? Please contact me.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when? -Rabbi Hillel
~ Michael R Cohen, President, Temple Beth Hillel