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For the latest on the coronavirus-19 outbreak, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

As you know this continues to remain a time for caution and prevention, as COVID-19 continues and
vaccinations are being offered to the entire population age 5 and older. See our latest update below.

For all the information for virtual services & classes, click here: https://www.bethelwesthartford.org/online

Updated March 18, 2022

We would like to clarify our Covid protocols with you, especially with recent changes in the Town of West Hartford’s Covid policies. As always, we are guided by our tradition’s values of Pikuach Nefesh (preserving life), Refuah (healing), and Kol Yisrael Aravim Zeh Bazeh (we are all responsible for the well-being of our community).

Our congregational lay leadership, professional staff and medical advisors are continually working to monitor Covid mitigation strategies for Beth El as this is a fluid and evolving situation. We miss seeing many of you in person but are gratified by your increasing presence here for services and events. We hope that circumstances will allow that in-person presence to grow but continue to place everyone’s health and safety as our top priority.

Effective Friday, March 18th:

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated and boosted individuals (if eligible for booster). If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, we support you and encourage you to do so.

Unvaccinated individuals must wear a medical-grade mask at all times within the Beth El building. This applies to all individuals age 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated or not yet boosted (if eligible for a booster). Unvaccinated adults are no longer required to complete a COVID test prior to coming to Beth El.

Masks continue to be required at SULAM for all learners and educators.

As always, if you do not feel well, or you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or are expected to quarantine according to CDC guidelines, do not come to Beth El. This includes congestion or runny nose, fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, sore throat, muscle pain, fatigue, chills or a new loss of taste or smell.
 

If you test positive for COVID-19, we pray for your rapid recovery. To return to Beth El Temple following your diagnosis:
--If you showed symptoms of COVID prior to your testing, you may not return until you have received a negative result from a COVID test (PCR or rapid antigen) taken after five days since your symptoms began.
--If you did not show symptoms of COVID prior to your testing, you may not return until you have received a negative result from a COVID test (PCR or rapid antigen) taken after five days since your positive test.

If you are unable to join us in person, or if you feel more comfortable joining us remotely, we welcome and encourage you to join us for our services/events online via Zoom and/or Livestream. You'll find all our links here.

On Shabbat mornings we will continue with our “Grab and Go“ Kiddush and/or boxed lunches following services. As of February 11, 2022, all food served by Beth El will be served grab-and-go style, but you are welcome to remain at Beth El to eat. Daily services, morning and evening, will continue to be held on-site as well as on Zoom or Livestream. Havdalah on Saturday evenings will continue to be on Zoom alone.

We have appointed a Health and Safety Committee composed of officers, our professional staff and medical advisors who will continuously monitor local, state and national protocols and advise us on how to best move forward when conditions change.

We appreciate your support as we strive to balance the values of health, choice, communal responsibility, and safety during these difficult times.

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