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November 11 Updated Guidelines

11/21/2021 02:03:20 PM

Nov21

Dear Fellow Congregants,

As of November 11, 2021, Beth Tikvah Congregation has updated our Covid Health and Safety Guidelines. I would like to emphasize that Beth Tikvah Congregation has been open for some time now and we look forward to seeing you stop by to say hello or at an in-person event soon based on your comfort levels. We have many great events coming up for Hanukkah.

A word of gratitude to all of our Beth Tikvah members who have supported our congregation allowing us to thrive and engage our community over the past year and a half. What a joy it has been to be together starting with outdoor summer events, including our annual picnic, and this Fall celebrating in-person B Mitzvahs, Religious School and Early Childhood Center classes, Congregational social events, Worship Services and more!

With the opportunity for Children 5-11 years old to be COVID-19 vaccinated and with the availability of the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster, Beth Tikvah Congregation’s updated guidelines are below. Updating these guidelines was a difficult decision and one very thoughtfully discussed at last week’s Board of Director’s Meeting. Understandably, there are many passionate views on this topic. We truly respect everyone’s opinion on this topic.

November 11, 2021 Updated Guidelines

  • Masks are required to be worn over the nose and mouth for all who enter Beth Tikvah Congregation.
    • Masks remain optional for outdoor events.
    • Please note clergy and staff may remove masks while working alone in their offices.
  • In-person attendance at worship services and programs/events
    • Physical distancing is encouraged.
    • A virtual option will be available when possible.
    • Oneg Shabbat and Food Service continue to be suspended.
  • ECC and Religious School have separate policies (following DCFS, ISBE, and IDPH guidance for schools), which are still in effect during school hours.
  • If you are feeling ill or showing any COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • We strongly encourage eligible individuals to get vaccinated.

These guidelines are subject to change depending on the dynamic situation. Thank you for keeping our community healthy and safe. Your cooperation and support is greatly appreciated. Please reach out to me or Rabbi Tachman with any questions.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you soon!

L’shalom,

Scott Lesht
President, Beth Tikvah Congregation
scott.lesht@beth-tikvah.org

Rabbi Taron Tachman
Beth Tikvah Congregation
rabbi@beth-tikvah.org

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