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

Updated: In-Person Shabbat Services

Updated October 7, 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

  • Adults and children ages 12 years and older must be vaccinated to attend services.
  • Proof of full vaccination* will be required unless previously provided. You may upload proof of vaccination here (you must be logged in to access the form). You may also present proof in person at the Synagogue to a member of staff.
    There will be a list of names at the entry door of those who have already showed proof of vaccination, e.g., when shown to participate in High Holiday services, or via the upload form.
  • Those over 12 years of age who are not vaccinated may join us via the livestream instead.
  • Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 may attend main services (with their vaccinated parents, as applicable), and/or should proceed directly to the location where their family/youth service is being held. Otherwise, they must stay on the first floor—in the Community Room, Courtyard, or Lobby—and be supervised, if necessary, by their parents.
  • All attendees—adults and children alike, and regardless of vaccination status—are required to wear masks at all times when indoors.
  • Service and Prayer leaders must be asymptomatic with no known exposure in the preceding two weeks. They may remove masks while leading if they have received a negative PCR test within the preceding 72 hours. Effectively, this means the test must be administered no earlier than the Wednesday morning preceding Shabbat. Negative test results should be sent or shown to Rabbi Resnick or Cantor Sarah.
  • We will not have a Torah Processional through the seats. Instead, we will walk the Torah around the front of the room before and after the reading.
  • For Aliyot, honorees will recite the blessing from their seat location instead of coming up to the Torah.
  • We will continue having Kiddush outside. There will be an awning in case of rain. Attendees may unmask to eat and drink while outside but should maintain an awareness of social distancing. If not eating or drinking, attendees should wear masks.
  • Friday evening and Sunday morning services will continue to be fully remote via Zoom. We will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust these arrangements as needed.

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.
* “Full vaccination” 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).

  • We will continue to start with Shacharit (Shochen Ad) at 10:00am.
  • We also invite you to arrive a little earlier, at 9:45am, for Psukei D’Zimra and/or singing;
  • Members of Kane Street, their guests and extended family, and the wider community are all welcome to attend.
  • There will be enough space in the Community Room to provide for families with children under 12 who are vaccinated to socially distance.

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.

Are you available to help?
You can also volunteer to be an usher for a Shabbat morning service.
Please contact [email protected].

If you have any further questions, please contact: [email protected].

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