COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Protecting the health and safety of the community is not just required of us; it is woven into our Jewish values.

At every step of the recovery phase, we continue to prioritize community health and safety under the guidance of the medical experts on our Reopening Task Force. Our decisions reflect lessons we have learned from a year of robust virtual activity, the feedback we have received from so many of you, and our commitment to ensuring that all of you will have access to the comfort, inspiration, and community of your Temple.

All protocols and procedures are subject to change pursuant to government regulations and the medical judgment of our COVID-19 Task Force.

Updates

January 5, 2022: All Worship and Programming will be Virtual-Only through January 31, 2022.

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we acknowledge our collective social responsibility to keep our community safe. To that end, we’re making the following changes:

  • Our Worship services will take place on Zoom and livestream (and sometimes Facebook, too!)
  • Some programs have been postponed with new dates TBD. Other programs have been adjusted to be on Zoom. Please see our online calendar for the most up-to-date information.
  • Religious School, Hebrew School, Upper School, and Confirmation classes will be virtual.

Our ECCs will continue to meet in person as long as permitted by applicable local government policies and rules. They will communicate any changes directly with their families.

Our COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet regularly and we will communicate any changes in guidance when necessary.

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you need anything. We know this is a concerning time for many and our clergy team is here for you if you’d like to talk.


FAQ

Starting January 14, 2022, we will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result for all attendees ages 5+.


All of WHC’s clergy and staff are fully vaccinated.


Based on current local orders and guidance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone over the age of two must wear a mask while inside any of our buildings.

If you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, please join us via livestream.


Please notify one of our onsite staff members so we can provide appropriate accommodations.


We will follow guidance and direction provided by local health authorities.


Yes!


Our facilities staff cleans and disinfects high-touch areas several times a day, and our building is cleaned and disinfected at the end of every business day. Worship areas also receive additional cleaning and disinfection before and after services.


We have installed upgrades to our air handling system that have improved overall air quality and will mitigate many health risks – including coronavirus.


Yes!


Yes!


Our assistive listening devices amplify sound in Kaufmann Sanctuary and the Albert & Shirley Small Chapel.


Yes! Food will be individually wrapped and cold beverages will be pre-poured. We will have sanitizing wipes by the hot beverage station for you to use.

New! Starting December 1, food may be consumed inside WHC facilities in designated areas that allow for maximum physical distancing and air circulation. We will make an effort to continue to provide outdoor dining spaces as well, weather permitting.


And we are happy to help! Please email Steve Jacober, WHC’s Executive Director, or Jeff Weiss, Chairman of WHC’s Reopening Task Force and Board of Directors Officer-at-Large.


Yes! Our Friday Evening and Saturday Morning Shabbat services will be livestreamed as always.


Additional FAQs for B'nei Mitzvah Families

Yes!


New! Starting December 1, worship services and life cycle events may take place in the Albert and Shirley Small Chapel. To ensure proper physical distancing and air circulation, the maximum capacity for this space will be 75 people, including WHC clergy and staff.

We still encourage all families to hold their services and life cycle events in Kaufmann Sanctuary. The sanctuary is much larger and offers a better opportunity for social distancing.


If you are not comfortable or able to have an indoor service, please contact our B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator, Beth Donaldson, as soon as possible so we can discuss options with you.


Yes!