Dear members of the Sinai family,

We are excited to announce that starting June 25th we will be holding Shabbat Services outside at Sinai! This letter will explain how we intend to strike a balance between the latest CDC recommendations, local public health edicts, and a deep desire to keep all of us safe.

Here is what to expect if you are coming for outdoor Shabbat services:

  • Patio seats are grouped in pods of 2, 3 or 4.
  • Be a mensch! Please allow those with mobility challenges priority access to the patio seating.
  • If you know you are planning to attend and require patio seating due to mobility, please contact us at 414-352-2970 by 11:00 AM on Friday. We will reserve seats for you.
  • If all the patio seats are taken, or if you’d simply prefer, you are welcome to set additional Sinai chairs from the rack, or bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, to sit on the grass. Orange cones will signify where you may sit and maintain social distance.
  • Please wear a mask whenever entering the building, even if you are just on your way to Sinai’s back yard. Masks are available at the door.
  • In accord with social distancing recommendations, chairs will be pre-set on the patio. Please do not move these chairs.

Once outside:

  • If you are vaccinated(two weeks past your last dose), masks are optional Feel free to wear your mask outside even if you are vaccinated if it makes you comfortable.
  • If you are not yet vaccinated, or cannot be vaccinated, masks are required outside (If you don’t have one, we will provide it for you).
  • And please, if you are not feeling well, stay home and participate online.

We will not be asking for proof of vaccination but we expect you to take the health needs of others into account.  If you are not vaccinated, wear a mask. The life of a fellow congregant may depend on it.   

IF YOU CHOOSE TO REMAIN HOME:

  • You can watch Shabbat services on Sinai’s YouTube channel. (Click HERE)
  • For those watching virtually, we will host 5:30 PM virtual Wine and Cheese on Zoom. Look to your weekly enews for the link or contact Jen Friedman at jfriedman@congregationsinai.org.
  • At 6:00 pm you will need to switch over to YouTube for Shabbat Services.
  • A greeter in the Wine and Cheese Zoom room will assist you if necessary.

ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT SINAI:

  • Please arrive a little earlier than you normally would.  Please sign in with your name and phone number (for the unlikely chance that we would need to do contact tracing). Please remain socially distanced as you sign in.
  • Please continue to observe social distancing in the foyer and on the stairs down to the patio. If you are using the elevator, please share it only with people from your household.
  • Use the hand sanitizer once inside the vestibule.
  • Greeters/ushers will guide you downstairs or to the sanctuary for seating.

ONCE THE SERVICE STARTS:

  • Outside, we can sing quietly unmaskedinside we can sing quietly while wearing masks.
  • Those who are unvaccinated need to keep masks on at all times.
  • If you need to use the bathroom, either on the main floor or the floor below, please maintain social distancing.

WHAT TO DO IF RAIN THREATENS:

  • We’ll decide midday if we are outside or inside and will communicate that through an e-blast at 1:00 pm on Friday.
  • If we decide to have services inside, we will use the sanctuary and social hall, which will be set up with groups of chairs at appropriate social distances.
  • If services are inside, masks are required by everyone, even if you’ve had the vaccine.
  • If by chance it should rain during services, we will invite those present to come upstairs to join us inside the sanctuary and social hall where chairs will be ready.

AT THE SERVICES' CONCLUSION:

  • Rabbi and Cantor will make the blessings for Kiddush and Motzi, but we won’t be distributing Kiddush and Motzi at Sinai until we reach that phase of reentry.
  • Outdoors: stay seated until greeters/ushers direct seating groups to leave the patio area. Please re-rack your chairs (if you are able) then proceed upstairs one grouping at a time.
  • Indoors: Please use social distance protocols when exiting.
  • Do not gather in the lobby to socialize on your way out; proceed to the parking lot, while keeping your mask on and maintaining social distancing inside the building whether you have been vaccinated or not.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back! Even if you are watching from home, the excitement of being together at last will be a mark of progress as well as a source of comfort.

Thanks from the “Safer at Sinai” Task Force!

Scott Arbit

Karen Berk

Melissa Chudnow

Rabbi David Cohen

Ari Friedman

Jen Friedman

Jenni Goldbaum – Co-Chair

Michael Hool

Marv Lauwasser

Alan Mendeloff

Cantor Richard Newman

Josh Parkes

Dick Seesel – Co-Chair