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COVID-19 Information

With the delta variant spreading quickly through our county and throughout Florida, and with new guidance from the CDC, our synagogue Reopening Committee reconvened to review our policies and procedures. To ensure the continued safety of our synagogue staff, our congregants, and all who visit our campus, we have enacted the following changes, effective immediately:

  • Masks are to be worn at all times in the building, regardless of vaccination status  
  • Masks are optional for synagogue events which take place outdoors
  • Social Distancing is encouraged, particularly in the sanctuary
  • Onegs and other communal activities surrounding food are suspended
  • Communal Singing is also on pause until further research is available 

These are difficult decisions, and we share your disappointment in this news.  However, we stand resolute in our belief that pikuach nefesh, the preservation of human life, is paramount. The health and safety of our congregation takes precedence over all else.  The Reopening Committee will continue to monitor the situation very closely and will make necessary adjustments as the circumstances warrant. We appreciate your understanding, patience, and flexibility during the coming weeks.  May the time soon come when we can worship and gather together safely! 

If you are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or feel uncomfortable being around crowds, we strongly encourage you to participate virtually, accessing the services through our streaming page on the synagogue website –www.tbiclearwater.org/livestream.  All services will also be available on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel.

And a final note. Jewish tradition teaches us, “kol Yisrael aravim zeh b’zeh” - we are all responsible for each other. We are part of a larger community. What we do (or choose not to do) affects others.  With that said, we encourage everyone who is eligible to please get vaccinated. We need to stamp out this COVID pestilence and the best way to do so is to get the vaccine.

L’shalom,

Rabbi Joshua Lobel    Cantor Katie Oringel

Denise Kirschbaum, Co-President    Nina Warshofsky, Co-President

Tue, November 30 2021 26 Kislev 5782