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

Updated: In-Person Services & Programs

Health & Safety Protocols
for all Indoor Services, Events, and Programs

Thank you for understanding the necessity of maintaining these safety protocols to safeguard everyone’s health, while continuing our goal of bringing the community together each week. New medications are now available that profoundly decrease the risk of significant illness from COVID-19 infection for high risk individuals. This has allowed us to ease some of our prior safety restrictions. However, As of the week commencing May 23 NYC is now at high risk for virus transmission; and in Kane Street’s ZIP code and surrounding areas the infection rate is 10% or higher.

The COVID-19 Advisory Committee and the Synagogue leadership will continue to monitor the guidelines from the CDC and guidelines and data from the NYS Department of Health and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. If rates of COVID-19 infection and illness increase or decrease or another variant arises that is causing infection and illness in our community, protocols will be adjusted, as needed, based on the available data.

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 provided they strictly adhere to the following guidelines:

Protocols updated May 23, 2022
  • Masks: Masks are required in the Sanctuary, in the Sanctuary, and service leaders who wish to unmask are requested to have a negative rapid antigen test prior to arriving at the Synagogue.
  • Vaccines are mandatory: All those entering Kane Street Synagogue premises who are 5 years of age or older must be fully-vaccinated* (see below), and provide proof thereof.
  • Proof of vaccination: A CDC (or CDC-approved) COVID-19 vaccination card may be submitted for adults and children alike at (Kane Street Portal login required) or shown at the entrance, prior to entering the premises. The New York State digital “Excelsior Pass” (or “Excelsior Pass Plus”) may be presented instead.
  • Children:
    • Vaccines are required for all children aged 5-17. Depending on the date of their initial vaccination (i.e., if more than six months ago), they must also, if eligible, have had a “booster” shot. Vaccines are not currently required for children under five years of age.
    • Once fully-vaccinated* (see below) children ages 5-17 should follow the same protocols as all others.
    • Children under the age of 5 years who are not vaccinated are welcome to attend services and/or programs with their adult family member/s or caregiver/s. However, in contrast to those over the age of 5 who are vaccinated, children under the age of 5 must wear N95 masks (or similar) at all times when indoors.
    • Children who are required to wear masks must be supervised, and 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, to ensure that mask-wearing protocols are adhered to.
  • Unvaccinated adults should not attend in person. We encourage them to join us via the Zoom/live stream instead.
  • Food and drink will be served outdoors in the Courtyard, weather permitting, to allow those who are more cautious to attend. Seating will be available in the Community Room. In inclement weather, food and drink will be served in the Community Room. The doors of the Community Room will remain open when weather permits.

Shabbat services and programs in the Sanctuary:

  • Non-Socially Distanced-Seating: On the Courtyard side of the Sanctuary, every row is now open for those who prefer to be closer together (other than those closest to the bimah). Masks are optional in this section.
  • Socially-Distanced Seating: On the Tompkins Place side, every other row will be taped off to provide socially-distanced seating for those who prefer it. While seated in this section, adults and children alike must wear an N95, or similar, mask.
  • Aliyot: Honorees may come up to the amud (lectern) for aliyot.
  • Masking for service leaders and readers: Masking is optional.
  • Gabbaim may stand next to the Amud.
  • Torah processions are at the sole discretion of the person leading the service. The Torah Procession will go down the Courtyard-side aisle, and up the center aisle. There will not be a procession along the socially-distanced aisle on the Tompkins Place side of the Sanctuary.

Remote Attendance/Livestream:

  • Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat: The first three Friday evening services each month are in person, and not available via online, while the fourth and (if applicable) fifth will stream live on Zoom:
  • Saturday morning Shabbat services also stream live on Zoom for those who are participating remotely:
  • Sunday Morning Minyan meets on Zoom at 9:00am:
  • Links for other services and programs are published on an as-needed basis, please read Kane Street Connections, or the homepage of the website, for more information.

* Full Vaccination Required *

All individuals aged 5 years and older who wish to attend services (as congregants and/or leaders) or programs need to be fully vaccinated to enter Kane Street Synagogue premises, or conduct business there. All staff and vendors also must be fully vaccinated.

Proof of vaccination must have been submitted at, or presented and acknowledged by an authorized member of Kane Street Synagogue’s staff.

Children under 5 years of age do not need to be vaccinated at this time.

Full Vaccination“/”fully-vaccinated” is defined as follows:

  • Two weeks past the 2nd dose of a 2-shot mRNA vaccine (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or past the single dose of a 1-shot vaccine (i.e., Johnson & Johnson); AND
  • If six months have passed since the 2nd mRNA vaccine injection, or two months have passed since the initial J&J injection, a 3rd “booster” (for mRNA vaccines), or a 2nd “booster” (for the J&J vaccine), must be received and documented. The “booster” is considered effective two weeks after the injection. 

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

We thank the COVID-19 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 community. In particular, we thank Dr. Jeff Birnbaum and Dr. Ed Telzak—both long-time members of our Congregation—for their dedication. They have brought deep knowledge and years of experience in infectious diseases and epidemiology, and given considerable amounts of their time in reviewing and assimilating research on the very new medical and scientific literature about COVID-19, to inform our decisions since March 2020. Todah Rabah!

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