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BNAI SHALOM COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS


March 2022 Update

Shalom,

I am happy to report that as spring approaches, we are springing into action. As long as the COVID -19 numbers keep on dropping, we are resuming Onegs as of March 1st.

Preparations for the Purim play and Passover Seder in person are well under way.

We look forward to seeing everyone as we begin again.

Marc Abo,

President

December 2021 Update

Due to the recent spike in Covid cases in the Lehigh Valley, we will be making some short-term changes for December '21 and January '22 for the safety of our congregation. After discussion with Dr. Walker (Medical Committee), Rabbi Davis, Ritual Committee, and Executive Board, we are curtailing Onegs and dinners. This will eliminate the time congregants are without masks. Services and Religious School will continue in person. This policy will be re-evaluated in January.

Call in number is the same for all zoom events – 1–646–558–8656 unless otherwise stated.

If you are planning on attending in person services at Bnai Shalom you will be required to be vaccinated, wear a mask and show your vaccination card.

To access live streaming follow the directions below

Bnai Shalom Easton PA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfZItTXHDeWVl4t0XQtMRkg v

NOTE: You can also access the page by the following steps:

1) open a browser from your computer, tablet, or phone

2) go to https://www.youtube.com/

3) In the Search box at the top of the YouTube page, type “Bnai Shalom Easton PA” and click the search button

4) Click either the Bnai Shalom icon or on the words “Bnai Shalom Easton PA” on the page

To enter the streamed service, click on the appropriate service as listed above.

HIGH HOLY DAY SCHEDULE FOR 2021-5782

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we welcome the forthcoming High Holidays. On behalf of Bnai Shalom's Board of Directors, we wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

Our High Holy Day services will be available to you in person and live-streamed in real time. We will make recordings available on line at a later date.

Your Bnai Shalom Medical Committee headed by Drs. Stan Walker, Arthur Popkave and Marc Abo have been working diligently to evaluate the dynamic conditions regarding the Covid-19 virus and variants. Your safety is our primary concern. To this end, masks must be worn.

Handicapped Seating: We will offer reserved seats for those with handicaps. Please call Irene and plan to arrive 20 – 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Vaccination: If you are unvaccinated, or will be sitting with unvaccinated family members, please call Irene. We will be providing sections that will enable social distancing to be observed.

Youth Services: Youth Services for ages 4-11 will take place on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Registration is required by August 12 to allow for planning.

Babysistting: Registration is required by August 12th.

Guests: ALL guests require a ticket. Please call so that we can make those arrangements.

Masks must be worn in the building.


2020 ANNOUNCEMENT

The safety of the community trumps that of anyone individual. We now live in a "6 foot world" where new safety measures will be in place and communicated to all. The information will be made clear to everyone and put on a separate portal on our website. We have been and will continue to monitor safe and local trends in preparing and updating our plans. Everyone participating in our synagogue life will need to sign off on the instructions.

Signage

New signage will be extremely important. The new rules regarding exit and entry, temperature checks, wearing masks, hand sanitizing, and carrying in personal items will be clearly posted.

There will be one door for entry and one for exit.

Hand sanitizing stations will be purchased and maintained in prominent locations. We have been the grateful recipients of some of this equipment donated by St. Luke's Warren Hospital.

Two air purifiers have been purchased for the main sanctuary.

Currently, cleaning and disinfection of the bathrooms, kitchen, and other areas is being done by our staff.

The staff will be further educated in proper procedures and undergo training before opening to the congregation.

Cleaning solutions effective against the virus will be purchased and used.

Social distancing will be enabled through reconfiguration of the sanctuary and all other areas.

The goal will be to limit touch points and safely distance.

Only one person will be allowed in the bathroom at a time.

Wipes will be provided for you to clean each area you feel you have touched.


Covid-19 in the State of Pennsylvania...


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