There is a Yiddish saying, “People plan and God laughs.” Our goal, since the roll out of COVID vaccines and the seeming waning of the COVID pandemic, has been to come together again in-person for services, learning, and our many other programs. We had planned to reopen, with in-person services, indoors on August 1st. However, conditions have changed for the worse, again, with the emergence of the Delta variant, which is far more transmissible, and has forced us to modify our plans. We plan and God (or reality) laughs.
The overriding principles of our synagogue’s reopening have always been: the importance of being together, in-person, in community and the health and safety of our congregants, family members, friends and staff. These principles have not changed. We now feel the best way to come together and remain safe is to hold our services outdoors.
This requires more preparation than we had originally anticipated, including renting or buying outdoor heaters for evening services and acquiring additional equipment to stream services from outdoors to those who wish to participate remotely. Our goal is to begin in-person services with the High Holy Days, which begin on Monday evening, September 6th. Until then Friday evening services will continue to be on-line.
We require anyone who wishes to participate in any TBH activity to provide evidence of vaccination. You only have to do this once. Send an image of your vaccination record to Louise Snitz via email to email@example.com, or text her at 510-224–0345, or mail a photo to 1202 Evelyn Ave., Berkeley, CA 94706 and you will be added to the TBH vaccination registry. She will record your status, delete your image, and not retain a copy of your vaccination data.
All non-vaccinated children are required to provide a negative COVID test from the past 72 hours, wear masks and socially distance. Please contact us five days in advance so that we can plan seating arrangements.
If you are not feeling comfortable meeting in person yet, or are unwilling to provide information about your vaccination status, you can participate in TBH events and services via Zoom.
Our plans for outdoor services could change again if infection rates continue to rise or wildfire smoke makes holding outdoor services unsafe. We will keep you updated. We are proud of how our community has held together during this challenging time by continuing services, programs and events going in new and adaptive ways. We will continue to be flexible and adapt to changing conditions in these uncertain times.