Dear Temple Family,


We wanted to inform you about some important steps we are taking towards reopening Temple Emanuel. The Board of Trustees met last week and voted to allow certain in-person activities, with the thoughtful guidance of our Reopening Task Force.


In particular, the Temple board has approved the following in-person activities, under certain guidelines:


·     Small outdoor gatherings for Temple groups, in which everyone who is participating is fully vaccinated

·     Outdoor Family services for families with children who are too young to be vaccinated

·     Indoor Shabbat services for vaccinated adults and vaccinated children who are 16 and older


For the outdoor gatherings, you must get prior approval from the Executive Director. Since it is an outdoor event with all participants vaccinated, masks are optional. At this time, however, we are not allowing food to be served or brought in for these events. Beverages are permitted.


For indoor services, reservations are required, and all who attend must attest to the fact they have been vaccinated. This means that only children who are 16 and older can attend. Upon arrival, you will be asked a few screening questions and your temperature will be checked. Everyone will be required to wear a mask and be physically distanced. We also wanted to make you aware that the rabbis and soloists, who are all fully vaccinated, may take off their masks at times when they are singing or leading the service from the bima. 


For the outdoor family service, reservations and screenings will also take place. This service is meant only for families with children who are too young to be vaccinated. Masks will be required for adults and for children who are old enough to wear one. Participants will be physically distanced.


We are asking you to follow the guidelines put in place for these in-person events. Please do not attend an in-person activity if you are not feeling well or if you think you are at risk of spreading COVID. Please do not bring your children to the family service if they are not feeling well or might have been exposed to COVID. For those activities that require participants to be vaccinated, please do not come if you are not vaccinated and do not bring your unvaccinated children. Finally, we are asking parents to keep your children with you at all times.


Click here to make a reservation through our website to attend this Friday night Shabbat service in person. Note that there are limited spaces and priority will be given to those who have a yahrzeit or who have recently lost a loved one. 


In a few days, you will have an opportunity to sign up for the family service which will take place later this month.


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to any of us; our emails are listed below.


Finally, I hope you will save the date for our Annual meeting; the details are below.




Amy Epstein,

Laura Denhardt,

Rabbi Fred Guttman,

Rabbi Andy Koren,