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COVID-19 Safety Precautions, as recommended by our Reopening Task Force

Har Shalom is taking the following steps to protect our members, staff, and the greater community...

We continue to encourage all of our congregants who are able to get fully vaccinated, including the booster, to do so immediately. If you are eligible to be vaccinated and are not, for your safety and the safety of our community, please connect with us using the LiveStream rather than attending in person. Masks are currently optional. However, if you or someone in your family does not feel well, please stay home and join us virtually.

Regarding Quarantine and Isolation, please refer to the CDC recommendations HERE.

Additionally, before deciding to attend, please ask yourself the questions below...

Please do not come if you are not feeling well or if you answer YES to any of these questions:

  1. Experienced recent respiratory infection or cough?
  2. Had a fever of 100.0 or above?
  3. Had shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, headache, or new loss of taste/smell?
  4. Had gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)?
  5. Had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, awaiting results for a COVID-19 test, or is ill with a respiratory illness in the past 14 days?


For services in the Burke Sanctuary, specifically:

  1. All attendees, with the exception of the Shaliah Tzibbur (prayer leader), will be required to wear face masks the entire time.   All attendees should bring their own masks, as the synagogue will not have them available. Those who are serving as shaliah tzibur or reading Torah at the shulhan cannot comfortably do so wearing a mask.  That is the reason for the 4x4x4 plexiglass barrier surrounding the shulhan.  To reduce the possibility of aerosol exposure from one reader to another within that closed space, an air purifier with a HEPA filter is in operation on the shulhan
  2. All attendees will sit in assigned areas specially placed to ensure social distancing which will be enforced.
  3. Tallitot and kippot will NOT be available. Siddurim and Humashim will be available and will be rotated between services. Please refrain from kissing the mezuzot upon entry.
  4. Please enter through the doors by the Burke Sanctuary. At the conclusion of services, you will exit the sanctuary through the far right door (the clergy will point it out).
  5. Bathrooms will be open, but limited to use by one person at a time.

Cleaning/health & safety protocols:

  • Please wash or disinfect your hands as you enter the building. There are hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes throughout the building.
  • When using the bathroom, please wash your hands thoroughly and use a paper towel to open the door.
  • Bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected every hour and high touch surfaces (doorknobs, hand rails, etc) more frequently.
  • At the end of each service, the Burke Sanctuary is disinfected in all areas where congregants are seated.


Mon, August 15 2022 18 Av 5782