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*** Last updated August 26, 2021 ***


Dear Temple Family and Friends,


On July 29, 2021, Temple Emanuel returned to requiring mask-wearing inside its facilities, based on the most recent CDC guidelines and the fact that the number of COVID-19 cases in Guilford County were continuing to rise.


This decision was reinforced when the Guilford County Board of Health issued a mask mandate which went into effect Friday, August 13 at 5:00 p.m. (Click here to read more.)


Participants on the bima will now be expected to wear masks except when they are speaking or chanting. Congregants will be seated at least twenty feet from the pulpit for their protection (and will, of course, be masked). For now, we will continue to only have a soloist at services and he or she will also be wearing a mask.

We will also continue to block off alternating pews in the sanctuary and provide additional chairs in the back to encourage physical distancing as much as possible. 


We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to do so to get vaccinated, in order to help eradicate COVID-19 and protect our younger and other vulnerable populations.  


If you plan to attend a service or program inside the Temple, we still ask you to come only if you are vaccinated against COVID-19. (There are some exceptions for private events and services.)


We will continue to offer outdoor programs for those families who have children who are too young to be vaccinated; check out our website for more details.


As always, please do not attend any in-person event at Temple if you are not feeling well or if you should be quarantining according to current CDC guidelines. 


We livestream Shabbat Services every Friday for those who cannot attend in-person. We are in the process of updating our A/V equipment (which is already 20 years old!) prior to the High Holidays.  

For more information about our High Holiday Services, please click here.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of us with any questions or concerns.


Stay safe and be well,


Amy Epstein,

Laura Denhardt,

Rabbi Andy Koren,