The Shirat Hayam leadership has decided that it is now safe to resume prayer services within our building beginning this coming Shabbat, Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th. The live zoom of both Reform and Conservative services from the synagogue will continue for those who are more comfortable with that option.
The Conservative services on Friday night and Saturday morning will be in the sanctuary to ensure enough space for social distancing. The only entrance into the sanctuary will be through the double doors accessible from the Shalom House side of the synagogue. No other doors will be open. Upon entrance, a forehead temperature reading will be obtained. All congregants are required to wear masks while in the building.
We will open the building for morning minyan as of Wednesday, July 1. The same entrance to the sanctuary will be utilized.
These guidelines will be enforced to ensure your safety:
- You must bring your own kippah and tallit, but Siddurim and chumashim will be provided.
- During the service, there will be no touching of ritual objects.
- B’rachot for aliyot will be chanted at a distance from the pulpit.
- There will be no Torah processionals.
We are excited to inform you that the Reform Shabbat Evening service on Friday night, June 26th at 7:30 P.M. will be held outside in our beautiful courtyard. Please park on the “ocean side” of the synagogue and bring your beach chair. Masks will be required and social distancing measures will be observed. If weather becomes inclement, we will convene inside the chapel where all indoor social distancing procedures will be followed.
All congregants who will be attending any Shabbat service should notify Karen McKinney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609.822.7116 x101 before Friday noon. Specify which service(s) you will attend.
Your response is needed because of the N.J. limitation on the number of people who can attend indoor services. It will also facilitate the distribution of aliyot and English readings ahead of time. We look forward to seeing you once again after this long absence!