BE Open- April COVID Update

Dear Friends,

As we enter this next stage of the pandemic, we are grateful that we have been able to resume so many activities in our building as the recent Omicron wave has receded.


For the time being, we are continuing the requirement that everyone ages 2 and older wear a properly fitting mask covering their mouth and nose at all times when in the building. We will reevaluate our requirements based on current conditions and anticipated changes in the spread of the virus. We believe this is the best way to proceed to ensure as much of our community as possible feels comfortable returning to in-person worship, life-cycle, and other events over the next few weeks.

Vaccination Requirements

Vaccination requirements remain in place for all vaccine-eligible community members. Up-to-date vaccination (including booster doses as determined by age and immune status) is required for all people (anyone age 5 and older) to participate in activities taking place at and sponsored by Beth Emet. This includes all Kabbalat Mitzvah.

We are proud of the Beth Emet community for its support of one another throughout the past two years. As we emerge from the pandemic, we are excited to build on the innovative approaches we’ve adopted, while also returning to familiar traditions in person. We look forward to continued outdoor programs, the use of technology to expand gatherings, and celebrating Shabbat, holidays, and happy occasions together in our beautiful building.



Covid Task Force

Barry Miller,
Safety & Security Task Force Chair
Karen Isaacson
Bekki Kaplan
Ed Linn, MD
Geoff Prass
Lee Weintraub
Brad White

For more information or questions, please contact Geoff Prass.

Updated Brit / Covenant of Responsibility

(Last Updated January 2022)

Our tradition teaches us that we are all responsible for each other and that protecting life is a value of paramount importance. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have upheld these values by maintaining distance, when appropriate, wearing masks at all times when in the building (other than for a brief period while eating or drinking, when permitted) and following other protocols to keep ourselves and others safe from the COVID-19 virus.

While COVID continues to be prevalent in our greater community, we require that all who are eligible be vaccinated. We also require everyone eligible to get their boosters. Check out the recent Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) resolution in support of COVID vaccine mandates.

In order to come together safely, and to protect those who are not yet vaccinated, those who are vaccinated but the efficacy is waning and/or those who may not be able to get vaccinated, we all need to take responsibility for adhering to the following protocols: Before coming to Beth Emet for any event, we ask that you acknowledge the following Covenant of Mutual Responsibility.

By submitting this form, I agree to follow the prevailing safety protocols when I am at Beth Emet. As of today, these include:

  • Wearing a multi-layer mask properly (covering mouth and nose) in the building as communicated by staff.
  • Keeping appropriate distance between myself and others, as communicated by staff.
  • Staying home if I am sick or have symptoms that might mean I am sick.
  • Complying in a responsible and respectful manner with instructions from staff and volunteers who have been designated to implement the health, safety, and security practices.
  • While Beth Emet strives to maintain a clean and healthy environment, Beth Emet is not responsible for injuries or sickness that may result from the pandemic, and by entering Beth Emet property, I am voluntarily assuming this risk