Based on your input to the congregational survey, it is clear that many want flexible options for gathering as a community. Here is what you can expect as we return to Beth El:
Initially, there will be 3 options to connect as a community for services:
The Spiegel sanctuary is a large space and we encourage physical distance. Initially, we will have seating available in every other row. We will also have the back wall open to the Kiddush Hall to allow for further distancing for those who would prefer to have additional room to spread out.
We strongly encourage everyone in our Beth El community to get vaccinated. Anyone who is not vaccinated will be required to wear a mask. Anyone who would like to wear a mask is, of course, welcome to do so.
You will notice sanitizing stations at various locations in the Ring Lobby. Please wash or sanitize your hands before entering the sanctuary.
Initially, we will provide treats outside following services. We plan to return to kiddush lunches indoors at the end of July.
The Beth El COVID Team regularly reviews our protocols based on changing conditions and the latest recommendations from the CDC and MDH. We are committed to transparent communication as we partner together to bring our Beth El community back home!
Please see below for additional FAQ information on the Beth El reopen process!
We welcome your questions and encourage you to email them to BethElReopens@bethelsynagogue.org
Thank you for ensuring Beth El has remained open over the past 15 months, even while much of our connection has been virtual. We can’t wait to see everyone soon!
Will there be childcare available on Shabbat mornings during services?
Will Beth El require proof of vaccination for those entering the building?
Is there a limit to the number of people who can attend on Shabbat?
Is daily minyan going to gather in person?
Is the Beth El Staff returning to the building?
Are there additional options for getting back to Beth El if I am not yet ready to gather in a large group?