COVID-19 Guidelines at Temple Emanu-El


Due to Covid-19
visitation and in-person attendance for Temple Emanu-El services and programs has been paused. We will update this status in mid-January.

Updated January 5, 2022

For the moment, our professional and lay leadership in conversation with our epidemiologist have decided on the following precautions to help keep everyone as safe as possible:

  • Our congregational worship services will remain online only at least this week and next. This includes our Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service on January 14.
  • Streicker Center programs will remain online only for the next few weeks.
  • We will host life-cycle events in person—for small groups only—in our sanctuary.
  • Our Nursery School will reopen for in-person classes starting Monday, January 10.
  • Beginning in February, all employees, members, and guests who are eligible will be asked to provide proof of a vaccination booster on entering our campus.

We will reevaluate conditions and update our status in mid-January.

While we share your concern during this challenging time, and we will miss your presence in our sanctuary, we will get through this together. As our sign on Fifth Avenue says, “Chazak Chazak V’nitchazek—Be strong, be strong, and we will strengthen each other.”

If you are a temple member, remember that we are here for you, and if we can assist you in any way, please reach out to us – or 212-507-9514.

Guidelines for In-Person Services at Temple Emanu-El

To enter the temple for all occasions:

  • All persons 12 years of age and older must provide proof of vaccination.
  • All children 11 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
  • Masks are required to be worn by all, covering your nose and mouth, at all times.
  • Social distancing will be required

Anyone who is not feeling well is encouraged to stay home and watch the livestream at Experience Emanu-El, Facebook or YouTube.

Before You Arrive

Before attending services in person at Temple Emanu-El, please consider the following:

  • Have I felt any of the following symptoms during the last 48 hours?
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Is my temperature taken today at or over 100.4°F?
  • Have I knowingly been in close contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has had any symptoms of COVID-19? (Close contact means 15 minutes of exposure within 6 feet, and/or the infected or potentially infected person is someone you currently live with and/or is someone with whom you have daily interaction.)
  • Have I tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Have I traveled internationally in the past 14 days?

If you answered yes, we ask that you please stay home. However, you can still watch services virtually through our livestream at Experience Emanu-El, Facebook and YouTube.

Additional Safety Precautions at Temple Emanu-El

  • Temple Emanu-El will utilize enhanced cleaning protocols for high-touch surfaces and bathrooms.
  • The building HVAC System has HEPA MERV-14 filters installed and provides fresh air intake.
  • All employees are fully vaccinated.
  • Use soap or water, or hand sanitizer often. Sanitizing stations will be located at all entrances and elevator doors.

Temple Emanu-El is bound to follow all New York State and City reopening regulations and procedures at this time. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding.


Due to Covid-19
visitation and in-person attendance for Temple Emanu-El services and programs has been paused. We will update this status in mid-January.


temple emanu-el staff:
100% Vaccinated

Please contact us at 212-744-1400 or .