COVID-19

Updates and Pandemic Safety Protocols 

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, we remain focused on perpetuating Judaism’s highest values for maintaining life and health. Our COVID safety protocols continue to evolve based on current recommendations from health officials and with respect for Jewish traditions and teachings. Please check back regularly for updates.

COVID safety protocols for the Temple, effective January 6, 2022

In response to Allen County’s continued high number of COVID cases, the Temple has canceled all in-person programs and events except for worship services through March 1, 2022.

Shabbat services will continue to be offered both in person and via livestream. Religious School will move to Zoom only, while lifelong learning sessions will be offered only on Zoom. Find the Temple calendar

The decision was made by the Temple’s Executive Committee keeping Jewish values in mind and taking into account guidelines from health officials. President Ronnie Greenberg said the leadership will reassess pandemic protocols in mid-February. 

These protocols (adopted December 17, 2021) remain in place: 

Proof of Vaccination Required to Enter the Building

Everyone entering the building must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination (a vaccination card or photo of the card). Please bring your documentation each time you come to the Temple.

Children under 5 who are not eligible for vaccination may come in the building with their fully vaccinated parent or guardian, but must social distance with their family. 

A sign will be posted on the front door to inform non-congregants such as guests, workers, delivery persons, etc.  that we require them to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask.

Those who previously signed the Brit (covenantal document) indicating they had been fully vaccinated must still show documentation of vaccination to enter the building.

Masks

Masks are required to be worn at all times in the building, with nose and mouth covered. We will have extra masks available if needed.

Worship Services

The Temple will continue to offer both in-person and virtual options for worship services for the foreseeable future to accommodate those who are not fully vaccinated or who are still uncomfortable participating in indoor public activities.

Friday evening services will be held exclusively in the Sanctuary to allow for social distancing. Saturday morning services will remain most weeks in the Goldstine-B’nai Jacob Chapel.

Our Path to Reopening During the Pandemic

After a year of being closed for all activities due to the pandemic, Congregation Achduth Vesholom began a phased reopening of our building in April 2021 for in-person worship with limitations on crowd size and strict mask and distancing guidelines in place. We continue to livestream services for those at home. Some classes, programs, and meetings are being held in person at the Temple, while others continue virtually on Zoom. 

Some minor changes to the protocols began in May based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including expanding the number of people allowed in the building with safety precautions in place. Some sense of normalcy returned in the building with our Annual Meeting, two b’nei mitzvah celebrations, and our Rabbinic Consecration Weekend.
 
On July 19, the Temple’s leadership again looked at potential modifications after reviewing the latest scientific information and recommendations from our congregational COVID Task Force. A robust discussion made clear that reopening is more complicated than closing. On July 29, the Board again reviewed the newly updated CDC mask guidelines in light of the Delta variant.
 
Along with the nuances of a complicated situation and many unknowns, we recognize the diversity of viewpoints within our congregation, along with the need to be guided by Jewish principles. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Our leadership continues to monitor the situation, with the possibility of canceling or limiting in-person gatherings if conditions warrant and following recommendations of the congregation’s COVID Task Force. Changes will be shared with members through our weekly email, website, and Facebook page.

The Temple’s seven-member COVID Task Force developed the reopening and safety recommendations that were adopted by the Temple Board of Directors. Our leadership and staff are committed to upholding Judaism’s highest priorities for maintaining life and health. 

Online Opportunities 

Worship services are livestreamed on YouTube and Zoom. Most classes and programs continue to be offered on Zoom.

Links are sent through a weekly email to our Temple family. Guests are welcome and invited to contact us for access information at (260) 744-4245 or office@templecav.org

We Are a Kehilla Kedosha (Holy Community)
 
Our COVID safety guidelines take into account that our members are part of a kehilla kedosha, a holy Jewish community, that connects us through the Covenant (brit) to one another.

We recognize:

  • It’s a mitzvah (commandment) to preserve one’s own health and well-being (sh’mirat haguf).
  • The COVID-19 vaccines approved by the FDA (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J) qualify as r’fuah b’dukah, proven treatment, and it is therefore a mitzvah to get vaccinated unless one has a medical reason that makes it unsafe.
  • It is a mitzvah to adhere to standards of safety that avert obvious dangers (sakanat nefashot) to others or to oneself. Jewish tradition has long presumed that recognized medical experts are reliable.

Find the Responsa on Guidelines for Reopening After A Pandemic from the Central Conference of American Rabbis