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Beth Jacob In-Person Tefillot Policies & Signup

Dear Members, we are excited for the gradual and safe return to in-person Tefillot at Beth Jacob. Please see our Tefillot Policies below and check this page often as it will be updated with new policies and procedures as conditions warrant.


Beth Jacob Tefilla Protocols.

Facemasks must be worn at all times.

All congregants must, as applicable, bring his or her own siddur, chumash and tallit.

Jacob’s Garden is recommended for those that are 65 years of age or older and/or immunocompromised. This demographic will be given first rights to attend. We encourage those in this demographic to consult with their primary care physician before attending.   

No one who has COVID-19 symptoms, has tested positive without 2 subsequent negative tests, or who has been in contact with someone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days may attend.

Temperatures will be taken as a precondition to entering either Jacob’s Garden or main shul.

All those who come to daven must maintain strict social distancing at all times when on campus. This means that there must be six feet between all members during tefilla, in the hallways and when entering and exiting.

Markers or tape will be placed at all entrances to ensure those waiting to enter are standing at least six feet apart.

Entrance to a minyan is conditioned on having registered in advance.

There will be mobile restrooms for use by attendees at the minyan taking place in Jacob’s Garden as well as for handicapped persons.

Attendees at the minyan in Shapell Sanctuary will be permitted to use the downstairs bathrooms. Only two people per gender may use the downstairs bathrooms at one time.

All bathrooms will be monitored full-time by a custodian and sanitized between every use.

The single person bathroom off of the women’s section in the main shul will be off limits.

Door handles will be regularly sanitized.

Each minyan will be staffed by a member of the clergy not including the Chazzan.

At this time, children who cannot sit with a parent or guardian for the duration of the Tefilla may not attend Beth Jacob services.

All decisions involving whether and when to remove a person from the premises and/or prohibit a person from entering the grounds shall be made by the Rabbi and President (and/or their designates) in consultation with the head of security. Anyone davening at Beth Jacob must commit to following the instructions of any Beth Jacob monitor or designee.

Seating is first come, first served in designated areas that ensure members are at least six feet apart.  No individual’s customary seat will be reserved for that person nor may it be demanded that someone move if a person has already taken that particular seat.  Monitors will be assigned to oversee all seating and will have absolute discretion to move individuals to alternate seating for safety purposes.

Shabbat starts Friday: 7:51PM
Shabbat ends Saturday: 8:51PM
Fri, July 3 2020 11 Tammuz 5780