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236 Kane Street / Brooklyn, NY 11231 / 718 875-1550

Updated: In-Person Shabbat Services

Updated November 5, 2021
In response to the recently revised CDC guidelines and the current COVID-19 situation, we are updating our protocols for our Shabbat morning in-person services, effective immediately.

Safety Protocols for Indoor Services

The COVID-19 Advisory Group met last week and determined to further update our health and safety precautions for in-person services and programs, based on a number of factors. Among those tested, rates of COVID-19 infection throughout New York City, in particular Brooklyn and the ZIP codes that surround our Synagogue, remain in the 1% range. Most importantly, the number of patients who require hospitalization from COVID-19 and the deaths attributed to it are currently extremely low.

The updated protocols are as follows:

  • All those entering Kane Street premises older than 12 years of age must be fully vaccinated*, and provide proof thereof.
    • Though the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved for 5-11 year old children, we will wait to see how the implementation unfolds before providing additional vaccine guidance for this age group.
  • Proof of vaccination status may be submitted at kanestreet.org/vaccine, or shown at the door, prior to entering the premises.
  • Masks covering your nose and mouth are required at all times when indoors, except when eating or as specified below.
  • For Shabbat morning services, honorees may come up to the amud (lectern) for aliyot.
  • We will not have a Torah Processional through the seats. Instead, we will walk the Torah around the front of the room for before and after the reading.
  • Prayer service leaders and readers may choose to remove their mask when leading, if they have a negative PCR test three days before or a negative antigen test within 24 hours prior to the beginning of services. Negative test results should be sent or shown to Rabbi Resnick or Cantor Sarah.
  • On the Tompkins Street side of the Sanctuary, every other row shall remain closed to provide for socially-distanced seating for those who prefer it. On the Courtyard side, every row is now open for those who prefer to be closer together.
  • Children under the age of 12 of any vaccine status may attend any of the family and youth services and programs that do not require parental supervision (such as Hebrew School, Kinder Minyan, Minyan Noar, etc) and are welcome to attend Sanctuary services with their family. Children must wear masks, indoors or outdoors, unless eating or drinking.
  • Children are not permitted to wander around the building; they must be participating in a service or program, under the direct supervision of qualified staff, or adults in their family.
  • Unvaccinated adults should not attend in person (see #1 above). We encourage them to join us via the livestream instead.
  • We will continue having Kiddush outside in the courtyard, and we will add socially distanced tables in the Community Room. Attendees may unmask to eat and drink.

Thank you for understanding the necessity of updating these protocols to maintain everyone’s health and safety, while still moving towards our goal of bringing the community together each week.

  • * “Fully vaccinated” is defined as: Two weeks past the 2nd dose of a 2-shot vaccine (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or past the single dose of a 1-shot vaccine (e.g. Johnson & Johnson).
  • Saturday morning services are livestreamed for those who are participating remotely.
  • Friday night and Sunday morning services are fully remote via Zoom, with the current exception of the first Friday of each month, when a family-friendly evening service will be held in the Community Room, starting at 6:15pm (not livestreamed).
  • The COVID-19 Advisory Committee will continue to monitor the situation, with particular attention to rates of COVID, numbers of patients hospitalized and the introduction of new “variants of interest” and will adjust our guidance as needed.
  • Members of Kane Street, their guests and extended family, and the wider community are all welcome to participate in all of our services and programs.

We are working to make the Synagogue as safe as possible, but we cannot eliminate all risk of COVID-19. If you are symptomatic of any of the health effects of COVID-19—respiratory issues, loss of taste or smell, or a fever of over 100ºF—please do not attend until you have established that you are free of any virus.

The COVID-19 Advisory Committee continues to meet to consider further updates to our protocols, with a particular mind towards arrangements for the High Holidays in September, and will make further recommendations as needed.

We want to thank all the members of the Advisory Committee for the many hours of discussions and research that they have put in since the beginning of the pandemic, to ensure the safety of our whole community.

In particular, we wish to thank Dr. Jeff Birnbaum and Dr. Ed Telzak—both long-time members of our congregation—for their dedication as part of the Committee. They have brought deep knowledge and many years of experience in infectious diseases and epidemiology, and given considerable amounts of their time in researching the very new medical and scientific literature about COVID-19, to inform our decisions since March 2020. Todah Rabah!

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