A Healthy New Year

The decision to hold the largest in-person gathering since the onset of COVID and, in the spirit of the Open Door, to welcome our larger community, was the subject of months of deliberations by our clergy, leadership and science/medical team.

The guidelines adopted are based in current and projected science, CBST’s recent experience with Shabbat Services at our home on 30th Street, and feedback from our diverse community. The persistence of COVID and the emergence of Monkeypox (MPV), a communicable viral infection specifically targeting a large portion of our community (men-who-have-sex-with-men), has made the discussions more complex. Clearly they cannot suit everyone’s preference, but are designed to allow inclusion and safety to the largest possible proportion of our community.

Here is a summary of the High Holy Day guidelines. Please also refer to the Door Policy on the CBST website:

  • If you are ill, or even have mild symptoms, please stay home. The symptoms of both COVID and MPV can be vague. See a healthcare provider if you are in doubt.
  • All attendees over 6 months must present proof of COVID vaccination, and up-to-date boosters for which they are eligible (CDC.gov).
  • Wear a well-fitting mask over your mouth and nose the entire time you are inside the building. This includes lobby and registration areas, and when you are called to the bima for an aliyah or other participation.
  • Touching: While COVID is a respiratory infection effectively prevented by masking, Monkeypox Virus can be transmitted by skin and respiratory contact. It is unlikely that casual contact is risky, but the comfort of others should be respected. Please be sensitive and refrain from touching or embracing unless you are certain it is welcome.
  • Taletot and kippot (prayer shawls and head coverings) will be available for use, but we urge everyone to bring their own.
  • Your registration includes an acceptance of CBST's Attestation form contained in the Door Policy.
  • Get a flu shot-it’s a great Yom Tov tradition!