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.
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.
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.
With COVID vaccinations now available for children ages 5-11, we want to welcome these young community members to our future vaccination and mask required events by adding their names to the TBH vaccination registry. As we collected vaccination certification for adults prior to the High Holidays, we’ll compile the same information for the newest age group.
Upon completion of the entire vaccine regimen, please email a photo of your child’s vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org or text 510-224-0345.
Also to keep our vaccine registry current, feel free to submit booster certification to the same recipient as above. This could help ease the concerns of fellow congregants as we physically meet for services. Thank you.
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.