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Merri Sedgwick
20:37
Hi Everyone. I am Merri Sedgwick from Temple-Beth-El in Poughkeepsie, NY. I am currently the VP for Culture and Education.r
Elissa Sard Pollack
20:38
We are not requiring vaccinations. Yet?
fran semaya, presidentCong B’nai Israel. Rumson
20:42
Shalom from Fran Semaya, president, congregation B’nai Israel Rumson
sharon cadoff
21:01
Shalom, Sharon Cadoff, outgoing president Temple Torat Emet, Boynton Beach, FL.
martinradnor
21:09
Marty Radnor President, Shaarei Kodesh, Boca Raton
David Kellogg
21:16
David Kellogg, Bet Torah in Mount Kisco, NY
Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal (he-him-his)
21:26
These guidelines might be helpful: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1joANnJup6bT76jbjHmAtRJ6XDDONBUgBPULiCLo-MXU/edit
sharon cadoff
21:55
Re vaccinations, It might be a violation of HIPA (sp) rules.
Alan Kopolow
22:12
Alan Kopolow -Congregation Beth Shalom’s Pittsburgh
Hazzan Walvick
22:27
Vaccine requirements will lock out family's with children....
Frank Jacobson
22:39
Frank Jacobson, President, Congregation Or Tzion Scottsdale, AZ
Rabbi Sam Spector
22:53
We are requiring vaccinations for people 18+, not requiring for children
Paul Teplitz
22:58
Paul Teplitz - Congregation Beth Shalom - Pittsburgh
sue mackson
23:25
Sue Mackson, Temple Beth-El, Poughkeepsie, NY
Rabbi Sam Spector
24:03
for those who have a medical exemption, we are just requiring a doctor's note. I'm in Salt Lake City, we have all had access to the vaccine since mid-March
Rabbi Nitzan Stein-Kokin
24:31
Some of our board members cannot attend as they work. Where and when will the recording available?
Rachel Sisk-USCJ
28:02
Typically, a link to the recording will be sent to all those registered for the session within a day or two after. You may share a link with those on your team who did not register.
Stuart Shlossman
28:29
Question for Long Beth Israel: How many of your members have gotten Covid in the last year?
sharon cadoff
33:37
Have the actions of the local Chabbads influenced your congregants in terms of wanting reopening?
Bob Spaulding
34:02
No
Nancy Holab Nevins
34:24
The biggest issue we are facing currently is whether to mandate vaccines at in-person services, including the HHs. Everyone seems to be equally divided. Thoughts on how to make this decision?
Hazzan Walvick
34:55
Question: how do you analyze and balance the varying risks from differing parts of a service? (e.g. silent meditation, individual reading, communal reading, singing/chanting, communal singing)
Rich Hollander
35:12
Not here in Fort Worth. We are currently open for business. We have daily minyan, Sunday School and Friday night and Shabbat services in person. People are careful, masked, and follow the CDC guidelines
Jeff and Doris Pinski
35:40
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sharon cadoff
36:15
Our religious school has found a positive in virtual classrooms. They intend to go to on site one day a week and the second day virtually.
Rich Hollander
37:40
Is anyone doing a Shabbat Kiddish lunch
Susie Seletz
37:58
Our religious school is doing the same. We transformed weekday class to individual tutoring for 1/2 hour per student. Will return to in person on Sundays in the fall, but will keep the in person tutoring on weekdays
Merri Sedgwick
38:25
Here in Poughkeepsie NY we are totally closed. We are experimenting with a Friday night service this month. The fear is being sued should someone come to services and then get Covid. I am personally on the opposite side of this thought, but I'm in the minority.
Jeff and Doris Pinski
39:32
From Doris Pinski Erie We've been doing hybrid services and now ask that only fully vaccinated attend in person
Hazzan Walvick
40:02
We have insisted on waivers for all those who attends in-person.
Robin Wolk
40:06
Can you please share the link to the video? It sounds wonderful!
Wendy J Glasser
41:23
We have had 2 outdoor Shabbat morning services on the Sukkah Patio, with limited attendance.
John Stevens
41:37
What sort of filters did you install in HVAC system?
Lauren Hoffer
42:15
Please let us know in chat the name of your Shul & Location
Rabbi Nitzan Stein-Kokin
42:43
Beth El Phoenix, AZ
Matthew Fischer
43:28
Matt Fischer, Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell
Rich Hollander
43:59
Not sure why so many congregations want to stop those that are comfortable coming to Shul from Coming
Rabbi Rubin
44:19
Rabbi Robert Rubin, Temple Beth Or, Brick, NJ
Elizabeth Menkin
45:20
Congregation Beth David, Saratoga CA
Heather Tomlinson
45:38
Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH
Kaya Stern-Kaufman
46:14
Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman, Temple Israel-Portsmouth
Jeff and Doris Pinski
46:43
From Doris Pinski, Congregation Brith Sholom in Erie, PA
Lisa Kaufman
46:56
Congregation Kol Ami, Salt Lake City, Utah
Jack Steigelfest
47:00
Jack Steigelfest, co-president Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, Manchester, CT
Robert Zimman
47:06
Robert Zimman, President, Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH
Elizabeth Menkin
47:23
Impact of good masks hugely outweighs benefits of increasing ventilation. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.12.31.20249101v1.full
Toni Roosth
47:51
Toni Roosth, President, Agudath Achim.Little Rock, AR
Jerry Kiewe
47:57
Jerome Kiewe, Exec. Director; Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Matthew Fischer
48:12
Shabbat Morning Service of up to 125 people in a room that fits 500. Seats are separated in groups of 6-10 and socially distanced from one another so that family units can remain together. There is no plexiglass. Masks are required. Vaccinations are not required. Check-list and temperature checks are done. All clergy is vaccinated. Prior to clergy vaccinations, with clergy present only the immediate family was in the room and clergy was behind plexiglass.
Diane
49:10
Diane Rapport, ritual co-chair, Temple B’nai Shalom, Benton Harbor, MI, 63 units
Roger Zimmerman
49:54
Roger Zimmerman, Congregation Beth Shalom Pittsburgh, Board Member, Covid Task Force Committee member
Eric Kaplan
50:09
Eric Kaplan, President, Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester, MA.
Bob Spaulding
50:20
Ditto to what Matthew just wrote.
Wendy J Glasser Congregation Beth David Saratoga CA
51:27
What are people with indoor services doing about congregational singing?
Hazzan Walvick
52:04
Just because the CDC gives guidelines, we still answer to "A Higher Authority"
Stuart Shlossman
52:31
In NJ, the state has not changed the mask guidelines.
Matthew Fischer
54:54
We sing and/or chant. We are wearing masks and socially distanced.
Rabbi Nitzan Stein-Kokin
55:16
Our daily minyan has been flourishing since zoom!
Bob Spaulding
55:29
We discourage singing. Hasn’t been an issue.
Hazzan Walvick
56:27
It's important to realize that there is a difference between 'discouraging singing' or 'limiting singing' to 'completely eliminating singing'
Rabbi Ilana Garber (she/her)
56:56
Speaking of participating from all over...hope you'll join us for our Conservative/Masorti 24 Hour Tikkun Leil Shavuot - https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/story/conservativemasorti-tikkun-leil-shavuot-5781
Stuart Shlossman
56:56
if one is wearing a mask there is no reason not to sing
Toni Roosth
57:19
How do you handle reading of Torah at an outside event?
Hazzan Walvick
57:38
Even masked there is SOME risk in singing. The key is to figure out how to balance that risk.
Kaya Stern-Kaufman
57:58
What do you tell congregants?
John Stevens
58:29
We had a Bar-Mitzvah last week with hybrid live and zoom.We had 25 in attendance live and maybe 50 attended via zoom. It worked pretty well. We used a reading table and 2 lecterns to separate participants. Temple Sinai Cinnamison, NJ.
Rabbi Nitzan Stein-Kokin
59:02
We are trying to build a Hybrid Friday night Kabbalah Shabbat plus small host-dinners: Kabbalat Shabbat on Zoom for everyone concluding with Kiddush, HaMotzi, etc. and have host families who can have “small pods”/Houseparties (small groups) in their back year for in-person dinner. Together - apart
Kaya Stern-Kaufman
59:06
John: How did you handle congregational singing?
Audrey Samers
01:01:09
TIC White Plains - we have had in person services for minyan and Shabbat since July. We are up to 125 people each Shabbat - masked and socially distant and symptom screeners. We are comfortable with singing - all masked.
Hazzan Walvick
01:03:48
We have set up a second torah in the aisle at a separate reading table if we have a request for someone else to leyn
Jennifer Stofman (She/Her)
01:04:25
We will be asking questions from the chat when the presentation is over.
Rabbi Mimi Micner (she/her/hers)
01:08:11
If you could share your plan for the HHDs that would be great
Stuart Shlossman
01:08:51
How many congregants at Cong Beth Israel have had Covid in the last year?
Susie Seletz
01:09:14
You referred to your Health and Safety committee. How often did they meet? How or how often did your group interact with them?
Lauren Hoffer
01:09:55
Please focus on what you are planning on doing next. B’nai Tikvah Deerfield, IL
Matthew Fischer
01:10:17
I missed the very beginning. What types of Synagogues are the speakers affiliated with?
Stuart Shlossman
01:10:43
a conservative synagogue in central new jersey
sue mackson
01:10:55
What is the size of your congregation?
Jennifer Stofman (She/Her)
01:11:23
350
Matthew Fischer
01:11:56
thx
Stuart Shlossman
01:19:18
Other than religious services, what else is taking place inside the building at Beth Israel?
Steve Gordon
01:19:24
Are you allowing singing with masks?
Elissa Sard Pollack
01:19:33
Thanks for a helpful presentation. I have another obligation at the top of the hour and need to leave early. Stay well everyone!
Hazzan Walvick
01:20:26
Question: It's very easy to blanket allow or refuse any activity. How do we walk the fine line in the gray areas? What are the metrics you are using for changing your processes (e.g. community COVID rates, state guideline changes, etc)
Stuart Shlossman
01:20:38
thank you all for sharing your experience
owner
01:21:27
Elaborate on Aliyahs and Torah service if you utilize zoom
Jeanne Reinhardt
01:21:41
Are you requiring documentation of vaccination?
Jennifer Stofman (She/Her)
01:21:58
We are not having participants ask questions off mute. Please ask in the chat
Larry Gordon-Ohev Sholom
01:22:14
Other obligations now. Thanks for an informative meeting...much info as we prepare for reopening. Larry Gordon, Ohev Sholom, Prairie Village KS
Allison Kapusta USCJ (she/her)
01:22:34
join our new google group to continue the conversation: https://groups.google.com/a/uscj.org/g/cjcrowdshare
sue mackson
01:22:37
What was your average Shabbat morning attendance pre Covid?
Frank Jacobson
01:22:42
Thank you for the presentation.
beryl Padorr
01:22:48
thank you for the information - signing off
Susie Seletz
01:23:10
Very useful. Thx!
Rebecca Wanatick, MJCBY Morristown, NJ
01:23:10
Thank you
Toni Roosth
01:23:11
Thanks for the helpful information.
Allison Kapusta USCJ (she/her)
01:23:13
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beryl Padorr
01:23:15
Rabbi Beryl Padorr - Congregation Ohev Sholom, Prairie Village, Kansas
Marlene Dodyk
01:23:18
Thank you for sharing your experiences and guidance.
Hazzan Walvick
01:23:27
Yashar Koach!
Steve Richman
01:23:41
Thank you all for sharing your success with us. Mazal tov.
Eric Kaplan
01:23:46
Thank you.
Daniel Burman
01:23:52
Thank you
John Stevens
01:23:55
What sort of HVAC filters did you install?
Rabbi Stephen Epstein
01:23:56
Some of our congregants are spoiled using Zoom. We are still using Zoom even though we've opened up the sanctuary for live services for those who have been fully vaccinated. Even though some can come and make a minyan, they still use Zoom.
Wendy J Glasser Congregation Beth David Saratoga CA
01:24:10
Thank you I have another meeting
Temple Emanuel - Lakeland, Fl. - Allen Shane
01:24:49
Thank you. Great presentation