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Important Updates to Masking and Social Distancing Policies

Please review the following guidelines and protocols for shul services:
Updated: May 21, 2021

Participants attending services who are fully vaccinated* will no longer need to wear masks in the Beth Tfiloh building and will no longer need to sit distanced from one another. Therefore, if you are fully vaccinated, you can feel comfortable to remove your mask in shul and sit close to other members. Additionally, everyone can be unmasked outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.
 
Please note that unvaccinated children must be masked whenever they are inside the synagogue building. 

Regardless of this change in policy, everyone should feel comfortable to continue wearing a mask – the decision is a personal one. This policy change for attending services should not be considered medical advice, so if you have questions about your personal situation, please consult your physician or other medical provider for guidance and advice.

Masked and Distanced Seating Section
We will designate areas in both the men’s and women’s sections where masks and distanced seating are required. This area is for those who are either not yet fully vaccinated or are not comfortable being unmasked and sitting close to others in shul (see image at right). If you are sitting in a section designated for mask wearing, you must wear a mask. These sections will be located in the center back area of the shul’s mezzanine.
 
Reintroducing Kiddush
We are incrementally reintroducing kiddushes into our Shabbat morning schedule. You can enjoy your refreshments with friends outdoors with plenty of space available.

*”Fully vaccinated” means those who have received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or their only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two weeks prior to the date of attendance.

PROTOCOLS FOR VACCINATED PARTICIPANTS ONLY:
  • Aliyot will be available for participants who have been vaccinated.

CONTINUED PROTOCOLS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS:
  • Please err on the side of caution and do not come to shul if you are experiencing Covid-like symptoms, are awaiting Covid test results, or may have been exposed to a positive Covid case. See symptoms listed below.
  • All weekday and Shabbat services will only take place inside in the Dahan Sanctuary.
  • All weekday Shacharit, Mincha and Maariv services will be livestreamed via Zoom. See Zoom access information here.

Covid Symtoms
Please err on the side of caution with any symptoms and stay home. In compliance with CDC, Maryland State and Baltimore County guidelines, we will no longer take temperatures of those attending services in person at shul. Instead, we ask anyone who plans to attend service in person to monitor themselves at home before coming to shul for exposure or the symptoms listed below:

• A fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit  
• A sore throat
• New onset of cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or new loss of taste or smell
• Severe headache, especially with a fever 
• Cough or difficulty breathing (for those with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline) 
• Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain 
 
Exposure:
• Close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with anyone diagnosed with covid-19 or suspected of having covid-19, including someone awaiting test results
• Traveled to a "high risk state" (covid-19 test positivity rate above 10% or a case rate over 20 per 100,000 in the past 7 days) — view details here
• You or a close contact attended a gathering in the past 7 days where proper social distancing or the wearing of face masks was not followed
 
Zoom Access Information:
ACCESS ONLINE: bit.ly/BTdavens, Password: BethTfiloh
CALL IN: (253) 215-8782 OR (301) 715-8592
Meeting ID: 229 593 260, Password: 270592
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Beth Tfiloh Congregation
Roz & Marvin H. Weiner Family Campus | 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 | 410-486-1900 | mail@bethtfiloh.com
Celebrating the Joy of Judaism. Embracing all Jews.
One of the leading Modern Orthodox synagogues in America, with a diverse membership, and an extensive offering of religious services, classes and year-round Jewish programming for all ages.