Reopening Our Buildings

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 Reopening Task Force.

Updates

September 17: Day-to-Day COVID Protocols

Following the High Holy Days, the following health and safety updates will now apply:

Masks required at all times for everyone ages 2+

For INDOOR services (including Tot Shabbat), adult education, and special programs

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for anyone 12+.  Those under 12 are allowed without a COVID-19 test.
  • All food served at events must be individually packaged and must be served outside.

For INDOOR Religious School, Youth Programs, and Early Childhood

  • No proof of vaccination or negative testing is required.
  • All food served at events must be individually packaged and must be served outside.

For OUTDOOR services and programs (including ECC and Religious School and Youth)

  • No testing or proof of vaccination is required.

WHC-Sponsored programs taking place offsite will follow the guidelines above.

 


What to Expect

Individual Health and Safety

For your health and the safety of our community, if you do not feel well, please stay home and join us via our livestream.

Masks: 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. We also ask that you wear a mask when joining us for outdoor services and programs. If you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, please join us via livestream.

Social distancing: Please maintain social distancing, keeping six feet between individuals or family groups. Signage and markings will be in place and staff will be available to help with this.

Hugs and handshakes: Although the desire to hug or shake hands with clergy and community members may be overwhelming, for the health and safety of the entire community, please limit physical contact to those in your household and family.

A squirt of prevention: Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.

Arriving at Temple

Allow extra time: We encourage you to arrive 15  minutes before the service or program begins to allow ample time to check in.

Where to go: Please enter our building via the Parking Lot doors that face 39th Street. If there is a line, please use the markers on the sidewalk to help maintain a six-foot distance between households. If you or a member of your household is unable to wait in line, please speak with a staff member who will assist you.

What to do: Read the Wellness Screening questions we have posted, then check in with WHC staff and/or security. If you included other members of your household in your registration, you can check in together.

Restroom Usage

One family group or up to three individuals may occupy the restroom at a time. Our facilities staff will assist with access and will clean and disinfect restrooms hourly.

Enhanced Cleaning and Ventilation

Before the service or life cycle event begins, all ritual and common objects will be disinfected and/or cleaned. If musicians or singers will participate, they will maintain a distance of 30 feet from the congregation and keep a six-foot distance from one another.

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. Weather permitting, we will also open Kaufmann Sanctuary’s external doors during services enabling us to increase the introduction of outdoor air to 100%.

If you are not ready to join us in person

We know that not everyone is able — or ready — to join us in person, and we will continue to offer options for you to join us virtually for services

Friday evening services can be seen via our livestream and Facebook pages; Saturday morning services will be livestreamed. We no longer broadcast services over Zoom.

FAQ

We ask that attendees age 12+ have either received the COVID-19 vaccine this year or received a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours before the service.


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.

We also ask that masks are worn when joining us for outdoor services and programs.

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.


One family group or up to three individuals may occupy the restroom at a time. Our facilities staff will assist with access and will clean and disinfect restrooms hourly during services and life cycle events.


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.


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!


At this time, we are holding all services and life cycle events in Kaufmann Sanctuary. The sanctuary is much larger and offers a better opportunity for social distancing. In addition to the ventilation system upgrades we have installed, the configuration of Kaufmann Sanctuary enables us to increase the introduction of outdoor air to 100% during worship services.


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!