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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 December 30, 2021

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.

At this time, we ask that everyone continue to wear a mask during all indoor activities at Beth El and to practice social distancing. As of Monday, January 3rd, we require medical-grade masks (either surgical or KN95) be worn, and we will provide one for you if you do not have one. SULAM learners are strongly urged to wear medical-grade masks.

We ask that everyone eligible for a vaccine (with exceptions to those with medical and/or age restrictions) be fully vaccinated (not including boosters) before joining in Beth El services and activities in-person. This currently applies for those 18 and over.

Unvaccinated adults (18 and over) who plan on joining in congregational activities should take either (a) a PCR Covid test within 72 hours of being at the Temple or (b) a rapid, at-home antigen test on the day of their arrival at Beth El, and receive a negative result from such before arrival at the Temple.

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 January 3, 2022, all food served by Beth El must be taken to go (there will be no on-site seating for meals). 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.

Steve Rabb, President
Jim Rosen, Rabbi

Fri, January 21 2022 19 Shevat 5782