Temple Sinai’s Evolving Response to COVID-19

As our community continues to learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt accordingly, Temple Sinai remains your spiritual home for community, worship and Jewish learning. Despite the physical distance this virus has placed between us, our clergy and staff are dedicated to ensuring you remain connected, spiritually fulfilled and taken care of.

Temple Sinai has worked extremely hard to transition all services, classes and programs online. Our daily minyan and program schedule can be found on our website and is emailed out weekly.  In order to receive the latest content (live and pre-recorded), don’t forget to “subscribe” to our emails and all of our Social Media pages.


Please remember that you remain part of a warm, caring community concerned for your spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. Should you or a family member experience any illness, injury, loss, or simply wish to talk to someone, please reach out to us immediately. Your Temple Sinai family is here for you.
 

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself & Your Family
  • Wear a mask or face covering.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If no tissue is available, use the crook of your elbow. Never sneeze or cough directly into your hand.

  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces, especially your phones!!!

  • Eat well, drink lots of water and get plenty of rest to help strengthen your immune system.

  • Have a family emergency preparedness plan that includes care coverage and back-up support, if possible.

  • Practice social distancing.
     

For additional information and the latest community health updates, please visit:


Temple Sinai's Covid-19 Current Policies:


March 4, 2022
 

Recognizing that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in our area have steadily declined over recent weeks and that the CDC issued revised guidance on February 25, 2022, designating Montgomery County as a “medium COVID-19 community level,” Temple Sinai announces the following changes to our COVID policies and protocols beginning Friday, March 4, 2022. These policies reflect the changed landscape in our community, our desire to connect with each other in-person, and the revised policies and protocols of our neighboring municipalities.
 

MASKING

Masks will no longer be required to be worn inside the Temple Sinai facility except as noted below. This decision mirrors the CDC’s February 25th guidance indicating that universal masking in public spaces is no longer recommended for communities in a “medium” or “low” COVID-19 community level. That said, we want our congregants to feel comfortable when they come to Temple Sinai. Those who choose to wear a mask should do so. Congregants who are at higher risk are encouraged to discuss mask wearing with their healthcare provider. This voluntary masking policy also applies to the Temple Sinai Religious School and Sinai High.

 

Critically, at this time, the above policy does NOT apply to children, staff, or visitors of the Ann Newman Preschool & Infant Center or to others frequenting the common areas (i.e., hallways) during Preschool hours (M-F, 7:30-5:00 p.m.). Masks will still be required to be worn indoors. However preschool students will not be required to wear masks when playing outside as of Monday. As a result, during the preschool’s hours universal masking is still required in all common areas of Temple Sinai where adults may interact with the children (e.g., hallways).

FOOD

Food can now be eaten inside the building as part of programs, meetings and after services. A light Oneg Shabbat and Kiddush will be served this Shabbat (March 4 & 5) and more extensive food service after Shabbat services will commence the following week. On Shabbat, bags and containers will be made available for members who are not yet comfortable eating indoors to take food “to-go.” As the weather warms up, the Sukkah area or courtyard will also be available for outdoor eating for those who so choose.

 

RITUAL

Shabbat morning services will continue to be held in the sanctuary and over Livestream and all services taking place in the Chapel will continue to be accessible via Zoom.

 

While it is very exciting that after two years we are currently able to return to a sense of normalcy, we have learned that COVID and other similar types of viruses can rise up and spread rapidly. Therefore, if G-d forbid case rates begin to rise dramatically again or a new virulent strain or variant develops, we must be prepared and willing to return to the preventive measures we adopted previously to try to mitigate the spread, contain the outbreak, and save lives. As a reminder for all of us, please stay home when not feeling well or displaying any symptoms of illness.

 

In conclusion, we owe a debt of gratitude to the medical professionals and other synagogue leaders who have met regularly since the onset of the pandemic to provide their advice and expertise to help us navigate the uncharted waters of the last two years.

 

As we emerge from this pandemic and head into the endemic stage, may our congregation continue to go m’chayil el chayil – from strength to strength.