Covid Protocols

Congregation Am Tikvah COVID-19 Policy Update 2/23/22

This is a responsive policy which is adapted as the COVID situation evolves.

All are welcome who adhere to the following protocols when attending in-person services and events: 

Dear Community,

We continue to update our Covid protocols based on current developments and consultation with our medical advisors.  

We continue to adapt to changing conditions and to utilize a layered approach to keep our congregation safe – relying on the value of overlapping, proven interventions that significantly reduce transmission risk including mask-wearing, vaccination, testing, ventilation, and spacing.  All while feeding our souls with our spirited prayer and nourishing community!

It is our desire and intention to be as responsive to reducing restrictions as we were to putting them in place back in March 2020.  In that spirit, we want to update you on some of our COVID guidelines: 

Unchanged: Mask Wearing Continues 

Despite the rapid drop in Omicron infection rates, after careful consideration and discussion, we will continue to require masks indoors.  Although mask requirements in other places are being lifted, for now at Am Tikvah, continuing to require masks is both most prudent from a public health perspective and most inclusive to everyone in our community, particularly for those who would not be able to attend Am Tikvah in person without this added protection. We will revisit mask requirements in the coming weeks based on emerging metrics to ensure we are striking a good balance.

Our mask protocol remains unchanged: While in the building everyone must wear well fitting masks fully covering nose and mouth at all times. We have masks available at the door if you need one, but we ask that you please remember to bring your own — this will reduce how much we need to spend on masks. 

Unchanged: Vaccinations Are Required for Those Who Are Eligible

Everyone entering Am Tikvah, including children who are eligible for vaccination, must be fully vaccinated and boosted as eligible against COVID-19 in order to attend Am Tikvah events. Children under 5 who are not vaccinated are welcome. Children two years old and up must be able to wear a mask.

Change: Expanded Kiddush and Food Options for Events including Seder

Beginning February 26th in addition to Kiddush outdoors, we will be adding an indoor Kiddush seating option. We will also be planning a community Passover Seder and welcoming bnai mitzvot and other simchas in the social hall. 

Guidelines for the indoor Kiddush and events will be as follows:

  • Everyone must be masked while serving themselves food or while walking through the room.
  • People may remove their masks only while sitting and eating.  You will need to stay seated while eating.  There will not be walking and eating at this time. 
  • Round Tables will be set up with 6 – 8 chairs in each round table (which usually sit 10 people). We ask that people not add more chairs to their table – this would defeat the purpose of spacing.
  • Food will continue to be served in individual portions to avoid lines and lack of social distancing.

Please note: Food and refreshment will continue to be offered to eat outside for those who do not wish to go inside. 

If you wish to sponsor a Kiddush,  please be in touch with Ellen Krause-Grosman for more details. 

Unchanged: Hybrid (Zoom) Will Continue to Be Available

As always we are committed to including all those who are not yet ready to come back in-person offering hybrid programming.