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Covid-19 Update

• by Livia Bernstein

Update as of August 5, 2021

Over the past 18 months of the pandemic, we have learned to be continuously flexible, while balancing the priorities of connection with each member of our congregation and that of the safety of our community. We are unsettled by the most recent COVID-19 trends in our area and yesterday’s announcement by Dallas County’s Health and Human Services Department that they are moving the risk level back to red. As previously communicated, we will continue to adjust our policies to match the local metrics and the advice of our Medical Advisory Task Force and the Covid Advisory Team. In response, we are implementing the following updates to our protocols effective immediately: 

  • Worship and life-cycle events will continue to be in-person, but with increased emphasis on Our Brit: Covenant of Care/Temple Entry Agreement. This agreement affirms vaccination of all eligible persons, requires masks for all over the age of 2, requires proper social distancing and staying home when not well. These protocols will also be affirmed for all High Holy Days services. 
  • Entry to the chapel will be permitted 10 minutes prior to the start of worship services. 
  • Socializing may take place outdoors, but not inside the building.
  • We will continue to welcome all those choosing to worship or join life-cycle events online with high-quality video and audio production. 
  • We will maintain our commitment to educating our children in-person, with ECEC and YL+E operating as previously announced and meeting outside whenever weather permits. Families interested in having their children participate in YL+E online should contact the YL+E office. 
  • We continue to urge all those eligible to be vaccinated.  

On March 23, 2020, at the very start of the pandemic, Rabbi David Stern shared the following words: “We are at the limits of knowing. May God’s presence abide with us and because WE are what God has commanded, may we be to each other a source of hope and strength.” As we continue to find ourselves at the limits of knowing and as we navigate the next stage of the pandemic, we recognize that we are strengthened by each other and by the power of this community. If there is anything we can do to help, or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we are stronger and together, we will continue to meet the unique challenges of our time with compassion, hope and the power of community. 
  
With blessings, 
Beth Gold, President
Rabbi Debra Robbins
Cantor Vicky Glikin 
Meredith J. Fried, Executive Director

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