Temple Reopening 2020

With Everyone’s Safety in Mind

November 2020

Unfortunately, as COVID-19 cases are currently rising in our city, Temple Emanu-El out of an abundance of caution has decided to discontinue in-person Shabbat services and volunteer programs. Life-cycle programs will continue with a maximum attendance of 25. At this time, all holiday and Shabbat services will be broadcast online. 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.

Cleaning & Ventilation

  • Use soap and water, or hand sanitizer often. Sanitizing stations are located at all entrances and elevator doors.
  • Note that the temple adheres to the highest level of cleaning protocols, including the use of electrostatic sprayers between and after each service.
  • High touch surfaces and bathrooms are cleaned multiple times per day and attendants will ensure capacity limits are maintained.
  • The temple air handling systems have HEPA Merv 14 filters and bring fresh air into the sanctuary.

Wear a Mask

  • 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 an individual is unable to wear a mask, that individual cannot attend services at the temple.
  • 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 members and guests are required to fill out a health questionnaire and may be subject to a thermal scan temperature check upon entry. 
  • Please note New York State law requires that guests complete a 14-day quarantine if they have traveled from a state listed as a restricted state.
  • If anyone does not feel well on the day of the service, it is incumbent upon that individual to stay home as a precautionary measure.
  • Use soap and water, or hand sanitizer often. Sanitizing stations are located at all entrances and elevator doors.
  • Note that the temple adheres to the highest level of cleaning protocols, including the use of electrostatic sprayers between and after each service.
  • High touch surfaces and bathrooms are cleaned multiple times per day and attendants will ensure capacity limits are maintained.
  • The temple air handling systems have HEPA Merv 14 filters and bring fresh air into the sanctuary.
  • We wear masks at Temple Emanu-El not just 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 an individual is unable to wear a mask, that individual cannot attend services at the temple.
  • If you did not bring a mask upon your visit to the temple, one will be provided for you.
  • Within our buildings, we will require all members and groups to remain at least 6 feet apart.
  • During all services where singing occurs, we will require all members and family groups to remain 12 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.
  • No one will be permitted into the temple with a temperature of or above 100.4°F.
  • All members and guests are required to fill out a health questionnaire and may be subject to a thermal scan temperature check upon entry. 
  • Please note New York State law requires that guests complete a 14-day quarantine if they have traveled from a state listed as a restricted state.
  • If anyone does not feel well on the day of the service, it is incumbent upon that individual to stay home as a precautionary measure.

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.

Precautions

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