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In-person gatherings and worship updates effective July 6

In-person gatherings and worship updates effective July 6

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In-person gatherings and worship updates effective July 6

Dear Friends: 

With approval from our Board of Trustees, we are pleased to announce our next steps on the path to full resumption of in-person gatherings and worship. Beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021, we will increase capacity indoors and eliminate the mask requirement for fully vaccinated members and visitors.  

Over the past 16 months we have focused our decisions on the Jewish value of pikuach nefesh, saving life in emergency situations. Now, as the pandemic phase has shifted, we need to adjust our thinking and practices, recognizing we still have responsibility for each other. We turn this summer to the complementary Jewish values of sakanat nefashot, taking precautions to avoid endangering others, and shmirat haguf, preserving our own health and well-being, which includes following proven medical advice. 

We will continue to draw upon the guidance of the CDC and local health authorities, in consultation with our Medical Advisory Task Force, in this next phase. We are reminded by our MATF, as we make our own choices about participating in person, those who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 are at increased risk of infection to themselves and others. Many conditions, with or without vaccination, are associated with this increased risk and worse outcomes. It would be safest for those individuals to experience Temple online. Please check with your doctor if you have questions about your own risk. 

Your Temple leadership is hopeful that the recent declines in Covid-19 infection will continue, but the past is an imperfect predictor of the future. The virus constantly evolves and if infections in the community increase significantly or evidence of loss of vaccine efficacy arises, we may need to reinstitute stronger preventive measures. Our policies will continue to evolve as they have since the pandemic began, including, should it be necessary due to changes in the data, reinstating certain restrictions that are currently being eased.  

The following practices will be in place on Tuesday, July 6, 2021: 

Vaccinations/Masks/Social Distancing 

  • All members and visitors coming to Temple Emanu-El are expected to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 excluding those individuals who are prohibited from receiving a vaccine for medical reasons or are under the age of 12. 
  • Any members or visitors over the age of 2 who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask properly at all times while in the building. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated persons. We urge all who can to vaccinate.  
  • In respect to others’ comfort and personal space, please minimize physical contact unless specific permission has been granted from the individual.  

Congregational Gatherings/Life-cycle Events/Temple Meetings 

  • Capacity will be increased to 75 percent of indoor spaces, services and events will be planned accordingly.  
  • Pre-registration remains a requirement to attend worship services. 
  • Temple remains committed to multi-access participation and we are offering a robust calendar of opportunities for everyone, some online, some in-person and some in both modalities. 

Entering the Building/Brit 

  • Everyone coming to the campus will be asked to electronically affirm our commitment to care for others and ourselves. 
  • Please click here to read Our Brit: Covenant of Care.


  • We are now able to accommodate events, receptions and food service according to revised health and safety guidelines. Please contact us for specific details when you are ready to plan your event.  

Many of you have been asking about our plans for the High Holy Days. We are pleased to share with you that Temple clergy, staff and lay leadership have been working closely together for several months on the High Holy Days. Our plans call for in-person services while continuing to offer online opportunities. After a year of unprecedented change, we will look to this season to help us begin to recharge, focus, and enter 5782 with a renewed sense of community and hope. Watch for details in Temple communications as they become available. 

We are committed to the safety of each member of our community and will continue to listen to you and to monitor trends, data and local health orders as is necessary. You can reach us using the contact information below. Thank you for your patience and your partnership as we move forward together. 


Beth Gold, President 
Phone: 214.706.0000

Meredith J. Fried, Executive Director
Phone: 214.706.0000, ext. 130

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