BJBE COVID-19 Response

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yמִן־הַמֵּצַר קָרָאתִי יָּהּ עָנָנִי בַמֶּרְחָב יָהּ 
From the narrow place, I called out to God.
God answered me with sacred openness.
(Psalm 118:5)
With our ever-changing communal and social reality, there is a renewed opportunity for us to step into that openness, to come back to our sanctuary, our synagogue, and to each other. Below you will find important updates to our policies and practices. We know that whether we are in the Sanctuary, the Village Center, or on Zoom, we will continue to support and strengthen each other and truly make BJBE the place where community matters.
The building is open!
We are asking everyone who enters the building to self-certify that they are healthy and eligible to enter. In shared communal space (Sanctuary, Village Center, bathrooms, etc.) and while walking through the building, we will continue to require masks and physical distancing. Advanced booking of all spaces is required for all gatherings so we can be mindful of how many people are in the building at one time. While we are not yet providing communal food and drink, if your small group is vaccinated, you are welcome to unmask and enjoy a meal or nosh together.

And when you do come in…please stop by the office to say hello! We have missed you and are excited to welcome you back. Even though everyone in the office is vaccinated, out of an abundance of caution, we will put masks on when visitors enter the office.
Ritualizing Return
This moment of return is a moment worthy of blessing. As we acclimate to this new (and renewed) stage of congregational life, we invite you to join a small group on the bimah during the week for a sacred moment of reconnecting and returning to our sacred space. Sign up with a whole minyan (group of 10) or find a slot that works for your schedule. The clergy will lead a ritual to help us reflect on the year that was and find strength in each other as we move forward. Sign up here.

Beginning on Friday, May 14th we will begin welcoming up to 100 people to attend Shabbat services in-person. Our first in-person Saturday Kol Shabbat service will be on Saturday, May 22nd.

  • Advanced registration is required for Shabbat services.
    • The registration link for services in May will be sent on Monday, May 10th.
    • For the time being, please only register for one service to ensure that all who would like to attend have the opportunity.
    • We will maintain a waiting list for those unable to secure a spot.
  • Attendees will wear masks and be spaced out throughout our prayer spaces.
  • Services will continue to be online for those who are not able to attend or prefer to join from home. 

We also plan to hold occasional outdoor Friday night Shabbat services in the BJBE parking lot. In case of inclement weather, services will be moved to Zoom. Our hope is that these services will give more people access to a safe way to join together in prayer.

Please get vaccinated
A fully vaccinated community will allow us to return with a sense of safety. The way we take care of one another is the foundation of our sacred, communal covenant. If you need help getting a vaccine, please be in touch with our Caring Community who would be happy to help you find an appointment and arrange transportation.
Should these numbers or guidelines change, we will provide updates in our This Week at BJBE email.
Our community has been brave and resilient. We have found new ways to hold each other up during these trying times. We are confident that we will emerge stronger and even more dedicated to our sacred work. If you are in need of a conversation, your clergy are always available to you.

Shabbat Shalom,
BJBE COVID-19 Task Force
Brian Tenner, President
Mark Brodson, Executive Vice President
Dr. Gary Schaffel, Past President
Terri Argentar, Past President
Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar
Cantor Jennifer L. Frost
Rabbi Jason E. Fenster 
Cantor Alexandra Kurland
Chime Costello, Director of Operations
Missy Bell, RJE, Director of Education
Susie Wexler, Director of Early Childhood