Covid-19 Updates

Covid-19 Updates

New NSS Beth El COVID-19 Guidelines for Activities and Religious Services – Effective August 4, 2021

Please note:  Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors by all members, staff, and guests, regardless of vaccination status. Everyone who attends in-person services, classes, programs or events, and is eligible to be vaccinated, must be vaccinated. Updates page.

The Beth El Medical Task Force has set forth policies and safety protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible. The highlights include:

  1. Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors by all members, staff, and guests, regardless of vaccination status.
  2. Individuals may remove masks briefly when eating (i.e., outdoor Kiddush).
  3. Everyone who attends in-person services, classes, programs and events, and is eligible to be vaccinated, must be vaccinated.
  4. If you are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, we request that you leave our services and use the Livestream.
  5. When singing please sing softly, in a low hum.
  6. We now have a separate family Kiddush area and request that families with unvaccinated children use the family Kiddush area.

On June 11, 2021, Governor Pritzker moved the State of Illinois into Phase 5 of his reopening plan.  According to the governor, entry into Phase 5 “will mean businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and seated-spectator venues, among others, will be able to operate at full capacity for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Beth El’s Medical Task Force continues to meet and has approved the following Guidelines for Activities and Religious Services in and around the synagogue:

When Coming into the Building:

  • The main business office will resume operations from 8 am- 3 pm Monday-Friday.   Please call to make an appointment before coming, as many of our staff and clergy may have irregular hours over the summer.
  • Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors by all members, staff, and guests, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Individuals may remove masks briefly when eating (i.e., outdoor Kiddush).
  • Everyone who attends in-person services and is eligible to be vaccinated, must be vaccinated.
  • Temperature checks will no longer be required upon entry to programs and services.
  • Please continue to observe social distancing inside and outside of the building whenever possible.

Pertaining to Attending Services:

  • Reservations are no longer required to attend services at Beth El, and there are no capacity limits.
  • Seating is at the discretion of the attendees and all seats in the main sanctuary will be available.
  • Seating in the Paset will remain separated for Shabbat and Daily Worship services for those who prefer to remain socially distant from other congregants.
  • The Plexiglas barriers on the reader’s podiums will remain.
  • The use of gloves on the Bimah is optional.
  • Depending upon the weather, Kiddush may be moved indoors.   Food items will remain individually packaged and may be “grab-and-go” for those not comfortable eating around others indoors.
  • The Torah will be marched throughout the congregation, but we ask that members refrain from kissing the Torah or shaking hands with those in the processional.

As a Health Precaution:

We continue to ask that you do not come to Beth El if you have experienced any of the following symptoms over the past 72 hours:

  • High Fever of 100.4 degrees or greater
  • New or worsening cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell within the past 14 days
  • Muscle pain
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Thank you for your cooperation as we navigate the challenges of this pandemic.

ALL OF THE ABOVE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF HEALTH CONDITIONS IN THE COUNTY OR STATE CHANGE