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Temple Sholom of Chicago COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols (Updated March 3, 2022)

On Monday evening, February 28, 2022 Temple Sholom held an online Community Town Hall, where members of our COVID-19 Health & Safety Task Force shared the science and explained prospective changes to the temple's protocols and answered questions from the congregational community.  

Following this meeting, Temple Sholom shared our updated COVID-19 protocols through a congregational email sent to members on Thursday, March 3, 2022.  The updated protocols include the following:

Proof of Vaccination or Proof of Negative PCR Test

Temple Sholom requires proof of full vaccination for those who are eligible to be vaccinated and come into the building.  For purposes of these protocols, an individual is ‘Fully Vaccinated’ when:

  • The individual is two (2) weeks past completing the full initial course of a COVID-19 vaccine; and 

  • One (1) week past receiving a booster of any type, once eligible for a booster.

Those who are not vaccinated may come into the temple, but are required to show the results of a negative PCR Test taken within 72 hours before entry.

Mask Policy & Other Protocols

  1. As of Monday, March 7, 2022 Temple Sholom moved to a ‘Mask Welcome but Optional’ policy for all programming, including Shabbat & B’nai Mitzvah Services, as well as other temple events.
     
  2. Temple Sholom's Religious School moved to the ‘Mask Welcome but Optional’ policy beginning with Midweek Hebrew on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
     
  3. Our early childhood education center, Gan Shalom, moved to the ‘Mask Welcome but Optional’ policy beginning Monday, March 21, 2022.
     
  4. We recognize that some members and guests will be more comfortable by continuing to wear masks while at Temple Sholom.  We respect the individual decisions that people make regarding the use of masks and expect that those attending temple-sponsored programs will act with similar respect.
     
  5. We will continue to have KN95 masks available, in adult and children’s sizes, at the temple should anyone want or need one while onsite.  Should you want or need a KN95 mask while at Temple Sholom, they are available at the Security Desk in Stratford Lobby.
     
  6. Our weekly Oneg (reception with light refreshments) following Friday evening Shabbat Services resumed as of Friday, March 11, 2022.  Food is permitted at meetings and small gatherings, including Crown Family High School, but for the time being Temple Sholom will not hold large scale, in-person events with food – such as Kiddush Luncheons and Congregational Dinners.

 

Our COVID-19 Health and Safety Task Force will continue to meet and monitor conditions in the Chicago area.  Should current trends or City of Chicago regulations change, we will update these protocols as necessary.

As was shared in a sermon on Friday night, February 25, 2022:

We are meant to be part of this world, safely, each on our terms, but with a unified goal in mind — to embrace, inspire, and matter. 

As our community makes this transition, let us do so in a sacred, supportive, and safe environment. 

If you would like to watch the Community Town Hall, CLICK HERE.  

To view Rabbi Conover’s sermon from Friday, February 25, 2022, in which she spoke about transitioning to a new phase with the coronavirus, CLICK HERE

Wed, September 28 2022 3 Tishrei 5783