Temple Reopening 2020

We Look Forward To Welcoming You Back

Like many other synagogues, we are not sure what the future holds as we weather this coronavirus crisis. While we are encouraged by the improving statistics within our city and state, Temple Emanu-El remains wary of the still-remaining threat of this pandemic. When we feel it is safe to open our doors, Temple Emanu-El will be following all New York State health guidelines, as well as the additional direction provided by independent advisors who might better guide us on precautions specific to our campus. All opening timelines and protocols will be overseen and approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

As of now, plans to open our temple for services and events, along with our schools and the Streicker Center, are still under review and consideration. As we explore our options and determine the necessary precautions, we will post our updates here on this page. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

To you, we send along our best wishes, and we hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy.

Together, We Are Following These Basic Guidelines

As we weather the coronavirus crisis, Temple Emanu-El seeks to open with Everyone’s Safety in Mind.

Wash your Hands

  • Use soap and water, or hand sanitizer often.
  • Sanitizing stations are located at all entrances and elevator doors.
  • Avoid touching your face until you have washed or sanitized your hands.
  • All surfaces and commonly-touched objects will be sanitized regularly.

Wear a Mask

  • Masks are effective in limiting the spread of the coronavirus from one person to another. We wear masks at Temple Emanu-El not for ourselves, but for the protection of others.
  • No one will be permitted inside our buildings, within common areas, or in rooms where others are present without wearing a mask.
  • If you did not bring a mask upon your visit to the temple, one would be provided for you.

Social Distancing

  • Within our buildings, we will require all members and family groups to remain 6 feet apart.
  • During all services where singing occurs, we will require all members and family groups to remain 12 feet apart.
  • Within the temple offices and rooms, we will also require a spacing of 6 feet apart.
  • Elevators in out 65th Street lobby will carry no more than 4 people at a time. Elevators in our 66th Street lobby will carry no more than 2 people at a time. Family groups exempted.

Health Screening

  • No one will be permitted into the temple with a temperature of or above 100.4°F.
  • All Temple employees will be required to check their temperature and fill out an online form before reporting to work. 
  • All members and guests are required to fill out a health questionnaire and may be subject to a thermal scan temperature check upon entry. 

Welcome back to Temple Emanu-El! 

We are looking forward to greeting our members and guests within our majestic sanctuary for services and events. Temple Emanu-El will follow all city and state guidelines within each particular phase, as well as enlisting the assistance of outside consultants, so we may open and operate under the safest conditions possible. Temple Emanu-El recognizes that COVID-19 still poses a significant risk to our community, so we are asking our staff, members, and visitors to bear with us as we regulate attendance and adhere to guidelines with everyone’s safety in mind.


The steps we have taken to make visitng the temple safe.