As Jews, we welcome the New Year with the call of the Shofar. Maimonides teaches us that the Shofar is a wake-up call, demanding: “Chizru BiTeshuva – Return as you seek introspection and repentance.”
The Temple leadership has decided that in addition to our outstanding livestream that will enable everyone in our community to worship safely from home, we will continue to offer IN-PERSON HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES, but with additional changes and restrictions.
Here are the changes to our plans for in-person worship:
Dear Temple Beth El Family:
We have some important news to share regarding in-person High Holy Day worship services.
We believe it is in the best interest of our members, guests and staff to limit High Holy Day attendance at both Temple Beth El and FAU to 50% capacity. This will allow for adequate social distancing in each venue, and will help mitigate the risk of infection to all who are in attendance. Face coverings will be required, regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination is not required, as it is prohibited by State of Florida law.
When High Holy Day ticket registration opened about a month ago, the Temple’s Covid-19 safety protocols had been mostly eliminated. There were no longer any capacity restrictions, social distancing measures had been removed, and face coverings were only required for those who were unvaccinated.
Unfortunately, the situation in Palm Beach County has declined significantly since early July, and we feel we should be judicious and cautious in our approach, while still allowing for a meaningful, in-person High Holy Day worship experience.
As a result of these new capacity protocols, a limited number of tickets will be available for each service at each venue. When you register online for tickets on our automated ticketing system, if the maximum has been reached, you will be informed that the service is “Sold Out”. You can then choose another venue or another service.
It is our expectation that certain services at Temple Beth El will sell out quickly, so we encourage you to register for tickets soon. It is also our expectation that FAU will continue to have availability because it is a much larger venue. As many of you know from past years’ experience, FAU is a wonderful and spacious venue, made to feel like home with a replica of our ark and the clergy you know and love.
We apologize for the inconvenience if you are not able to get tickets for your first choice of venue. We hope you understand that these are unprecedented times, and these difficult decisions are being made with your health and safety first and foremost in our minds. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Dear Temple Beth El Family:
I think we would all agree that just a few weeks ago, we thought the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic was behind us. Mask mandates had been lifted, businesses reopened and life was returning to normal. It was a great feeling. Unfortunately, that great feeling did not last very long.
As you are probably aware, South Florida is currently experiencing some of the highest increases in Covid infection rates and hospitalization in the United States. Palm Beach County is currently considered an “area of substantial or high transmission” as defined by the CDC
As a result, and after consulting with the medical professionals on our Covid-19 Task Force, the Temple has decided to further scale back in-person events and programs to only those that are “essential services” for our congregation and community. These are covered in more detail below, and are in place until further notice.
We are making these changes to keep our staff, students, members and guests as safe as reasonably possible, while continuing to provide the synagogue’s essential services to our congregation and community. Always check our website for the most up-to-date information on events, High Holy Days, and Covid policy updates. Like you, we hope these changes are short-lived. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves.
Shabbat Evening Services
Friday Shabbat Evening Services will be VIRTUAL ONLY until further notice. We hope you will still dress in white this Friday for Camp Shabbat, and in your favorite blue jeans next Friday for Blue Jeans Shabbat!
Lunch and Learn, Kol Ha N'Shama, and all other Adult Education Classes
As an essential service to our students as families, Religious School including Youth Group will continue to be held in-person. However, some family events will be cancelled or modified (see below).
Early Learning Center
As an essential service to our students as families the Beth El Early Learning Center will continue to be held in-person. However, some family events will be cancelled or modified (see below).
However, Early Learning Center New Family Meet and Greet on Saturday, August 7 will now be a drive through event!
Weddings, funerals, baby namings, brises, and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs will continue to be held in person, but with updated Covid protocols in place, including mandatory mask-wearing.
High Holy Days including Selichot
Beth El Talks
Family Participation Services and Young Children's Services
High Holy Day Gift Bag and Prayer Book Pick-Up and Food Drive Drop-Off
As always, thank you for your continued support. We will continue to keep you informed of any changes as quickly as possible. For any questions, please email call the temple at 561-391-8900 on Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 5:30pm.
Dear Temple Beth El Family,
Recently, the CDC has issued additional guidance given the new evidence regarding the Delta variant currently circulating in the United States. At Temple Beth El we always strive to put the health and safety of our congregation and community first. So in accordance with these new CDC guidelines, and upon the strong recommendations of medical professionals on the Temple’s Covid-19 Task Force, we will be implementing several changes to our Covid policy, effective this Friday, July 30, 2021.
We hope you will continue to join us in person and online for opportunities to worship, to learn and to connect. We will continue to keep you updated as quickly as possible with additional changes to our Covid policy, including any news regarding High Holy Days.
The following changes are effective this Friday, July 30, 2021:
Shabbat Services and Lifecycle Events
Temple Dinners and Oneg Shabbats
Temple-sponsored dinners and Oneg Shabbats will be cancelled, and will resume when it becomes safe to do so. Those who registered for Blue Jeans Shabbat dinner will receive a refund on their credit card.
Other In Person Meetings and Programs
Thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to remain adaptable and flexible in responding to an ever evolving situation. We will continue to work hard to help keep our staff, students, members and guests as safe as possible, and keep you informed as we navigate the year ahead.