Health and Safety at CBS

Congregation Beth Shalom is committed to the safety of all of its congregants and staff.  Our Medical Advisory Task Force continuously monitors COVID-19 updates from local, state and federal authorities in an effort to provide our community with recommendations and guidelines for their continued safety both inside and outside of the synagogue.  For the most recent updates from each of these agencies, click on their respective link provided below.

For everyone’s safety, we urge you to follow the three W’s:

Wear a Mask, Wash your Hands, Watch Your Distance!

Currently, the synagogue is only open to CBS staff. There is a cart at the front door if you wish to drop off something for a staff member.  Do not leave anything outside if you do not see the cart.

In addition to any governmental advisories or orders that may be in place, anyone who wishes to enter the building must follow the following protocol:

  1. If you have COVID-like symptoms (fever, loss of taste or smell, trouble breathing, sore throat or diarrhea – if new and no other cause, a cough), do not come to the synagogue.  Stay home and contact your physician and follow his/her instructions.
  2. A face mask must be worn for the entire time that you are in the building.
  3. You must have an appointment with a staff member to be given access to the building.
  4. Once you enter the building, you will be directed to check your temperature at the standing station and sign the registry with a clean pen. Please put the pen you used into the dirty pen container and use the hand sanitizer located next to the registry.
  5. Proceed to the Main Office so that your arrival may be announced to the person with whom you are meeting.

The health and safety of many people depends upon your adherence to the protocol.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Many members of our community are unable to leave their homes during this health crisis.  Please take the time to check on the well-being of friends or family who may be in this situation.


Registration Guidelines for In-Person B’nai Mitzvahs or Weddings:

Rules and Restrictions:

  • At present, guest attendance is only admitted by pre-registration and is limited to a very small number of guests. Every individual must register themselves (parents may register minor children).
  • Those who have not registered will be unable to attend in person services at this time.  We will continue to Live Stream from the Kamensky Sanctuary.
  • If you are not feeling well for any reason or have any symptoms (fever, sinus pain, cough, reduced or altered sense of smell/taste, stuffy nose, chills, fatigue, sore throat, joint pains, or diarrhea) you should not attend worship services at Congregation Beth Shalom.
  • A face mask must be worn for the entire time that you are in the building.
  • Once you enter the synagogue you will be directed to check your temperature at the standing station and sign the registry with a clean pen. Please put the pen you used into the dirty pen container and use the hand sanitizer located next to the registry.
  • Please bring your own Tallit, Kippot and Tefillin.
  • Seats in the sanctuary are clearly marked; please respect social distancing at all times.
  • No congregating before or after services.

Thank you to our CBS Medical Advisory Task Force for their continued advice and recommendations:

  • Dr. David Hakimian
  • Dr. Ari Jaffe
  • Dr. Alan Shapiro
  • Dr. Lee Shulman

Local, state and national resources