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COVID-19 Task Force Update - October 26th, 2020

Congregation Bonai Shalom’s leadership is monitoring the recommendations and instructions of health care professionals and experts around slowing the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to make decisions about the closure of our shul based on those recommendations.

Sign Our COVID-19 Release Waiver
(if you have a scheduled visit at the Shul)

While difficult for all of us, we’re most concerned for those immuno-compromised members, and those who might be self-quarantined, isolated, or homebound. We’re organizing a team of volunteers to support members in our community who need extra support.*If you are volunteering for Bonai during the pandemic, please follow these guidelines.

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Closed
(March 15)

Some Opening

 More Open

Nominal
(post-COVID-19)

Stay-at-home order Safer-at-home order Partial opening businesses 100% open
Only Rabbi at Shul during services 2-3 people pre-asked to join Rabbi at a safe distance Pre-registered outside & attendance or Minyan in the sanctuary Attendance returns to normal
Staff occasionally goes in for mail pickup Staff coordinates attendance in the office Staff is in the office almost 100% of the time with appropriate precautions Regular office hours and staffing
Minimal facility cleaning & maintenance Increase in hours for cleaning & maintenance More hours as required Back to normal schedule for food, services, cleaning, etc.
School & Youth activities are closed Safe-at-home only Family distance gatherings Back to in-school participation

 

Expectations for Visiting Bonai during COVID-19

Here are the expectations for visiting and attending Bonai Shalom programs and services while we are under COVID-19 re-opening phases.

  • #1 – IF YOU FEEL SICK OR EXHIBIT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS PLEASE REMAIN AT HOME AND DO NOT COME IN
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Muscle Pain
    • Sore Throat
    • Recent Loss of Taste or Smell
  • AFTER YOUR ARRIVAL
    • If you develop any of these symptoms, go home immediately and let the Bonai Shalom office know by sending an email to office@bonaishalom.org
    • Bonai Shalom will perform an additional facility cleaning in this instance
  • IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND HAVE RECENTLY PARTICIPATED IN ANY BONAI SHALOM EVENTS
    • Notify the Bonai Shalom staff at office@bonaishalom.org. We will notify the congregation that an anonymous individual was at the event on a specific day and time who tested positive so that everyone can take appropriate action

Please fill out this form to let us know if you have skills or time to share or if you need support such as phone calls, meals, shopping, etc. Please let us how we might support you and we will do what we can. Stay healthy.

Boulder County is currently at PHASE 2, Level 2: SAFER-AT-HOME
Bonai will have minimal staff, with precautions, in the office during regular office hours, Tuesday-Friday.

  • Pre and Post deep cleaning of the building (restrooms, sanctuary, doorknobs, siddurim/chumashims covers, bimah edges and surface, yad(s), scroll handles, Ark handles) for each service/program in the sanctuary
  • Clear communication of all expectations sent to those planned to visit CBS, and Host re-iterates all expectations at the beginning and throughout service/program
  • Wash hands before entering sanctuary in designated “Hand Washing Station” located in the designated upstairs restroom (doors to be held open, signage to close faucet with a paper towel)
  • Masks required 
    • Office Staff:  
      • Masks in all open areas – if working in an enclosed office alone, not mask needed
      • Disinfect any shared spaces at end of shift – phones, keyboards
      • Maintain 6 ft distance between you and any visitors to the building as much as possible
      • All visitors to the building must pre-arrange with Lisa or Stacey
    • Services / Programs: 
      • masks in all open areas (including outdoor events) – if leading service alone, no mask needed
      • when / if masks removed placed in pocket or individual must bring a bag to put it in so not placed on the bimah 
      • Torah reader/service leader may choose to remove mask during their readings — all others in the room should keep masks on and remain at a 15 ft distance (marking to be placed on floor designating 15 ft from Bimah)
  • Physical distancing of 15 ft between individuals
    • Services / Programs:  
      • families/pods may sit together
      • individuals/families/pods may be together at the bimah
  • Shared service items (Torah, books, yad, kippot, tallitot, bimah, etc)
    • Between each reader / pods / family:
      • Torah handles wiped down with disinfectant wipes
      • Single yads assigned to each reader/pod of readers
      • Bimah edges and surfaces wiped down in between readers/leaders
      • No kissing of Siddurim / Chumashim; No kissing / touching Torah No sharing of kippot, tallitot
      • Siddurim and Chumashim rotated and covers wiped down before and after use
      • Encourage participants to bring their own siddurim 

Updated 10/26/20, 9:45 a.m.

Please fill out this form to let us know if you have skills or time to share or if you need support such as phone calls, meals, shopping, etc. Please let us how we might support you and we will do what we can. Stay healthy.  


Friends,

These are very worrying times and it feels like we so need to be together in community; and yet the responsible wisdom right now is to avoid social contact and in-person gatherings, which is a complicated paradox.  As always, our health, safety, and security comes above anything else and we need individually and collectively to make thoughtful choices, even as the information changes almost hourly.  

We, like many other places of worship, are suspending or significantly limiting all of our services and programs and will keep everyone regularly updated. All online events will be posted on our WEBSITE, along with instructions on how to join.

Shabbat Hebrew School: Will continue online.
Shabbat Services:  All Shabbat services will be lead online via Livestream.

We will send regular updates of our programming and services, along with opportunities to meet, gather and learn online and in other forums. 

Hesed –  in these times where some in our community will need extra help and assistance during this uncertainty, we are working to increase ways in which we can take care of each other. 

Jewish communities throughout the world have always had the creativity, resilience, and flexibility to thrive in all kinds of circumstances and we will certainly get through this.  

Here is a link to Boulder County’s Covid 19 guidelines. 

Here is a link to The Rabbinical Assembly Resources: Refer to the Rabbinical Assembly Paper that covers the case of an individual who can’t make it to an existing minyan, and visit their webpage on halakhic guidance on coronavirus protocols. 

Please be vigilant, safe and cautious and please look out for future updates and resources.

Wishing everyone in this beautiful Bonai family a Shabbat Shalom.

Mon, November 23 2020 7 Kislev 5781