Last updated November 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM
The Boards of KH and SZ have approved the following plan to resume weekly in-person Shabbat morning services, in keeping with the principles we shared in June 2020. We endeavored to be thoughtful about each aspect of this plan, consistent with our conservative approach to risk. Details of this plan are below, and we welcome your questions and feedback.
We hold in-person Shabbat morning services at Schechter Manhattan with limited capacity, social distancing, and masks required. Weather permitting, we daven the Musaf service outdoors on the balcony with singing.
Registration for services is required each week.
We have modified the service to prioritize safety, including, sadly, forgoing all communal singing indoors.
How do I sign up to attend?
- You are sick.
- You have felt sick in the past two weeks.
- You have been in close proximity with someone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID in the past two weeks.
- You have been asked to self-isolate.
- You have returned from another state that does not share a border with New York and have not yet received your second negative COVID test, per the policy enacted November 4, 2020.
- All participants must arrive by 9:40 AM (9:25 AM in November) and will be checked in by a member of leadership. Participants arriving after that time may not be permitted to enter, and multiple late arrivals will impact registration priority for future weeks.
- Masks are required (covering both nose and mouth) at all times, and participants must bring their own. Masks with valves are not permitted.
- Social distancing rules (6 feet) must be maintained, except among those in the same household.
- Elevator use is restricted to 1 household at a time.
- Restroom use is restricted to up to 2 people at a time.
- Attendees are expected to stay in the main room throughout the service (other than to use the restroom) and are asked not to shmooze in the hallways or entryway.
- Anyone not adhering to these policies or following the instructions and reminders given will be asked to leave.
- Chairs are spread out so that participants only sit with members of their household.
- The amud is located at the front of the room, facing open doors.
- There is no side classroom access.
- There is no kiddush, scotch, or coffee.
- At the end of services we ask everyone to leave directly, while remaining distanced.
- Davening is led at a quick pace and kept to under 90 minutes.
- There is no communal singing at all while indoors. Only the shatz (leader) and the people reading Torah and Haftarah will chant the respective liturgy & texts.
- The Torah service is modified to enable social distancing.
- Weather permitting, we daven the Musaf service outdoors on the balcony with communal singing. Masks and social distancing are still required when outdoors.
- There is no d’var Torah.
- Participants are asked to please bring their own talitot and kippot, as we won't be providing them, and are encouraged to bring their own siddurim and chumashim as well. There will be an option on the registration form to request to borrow KH siddurim and chumashim if needed.
Remote programming continues
The Kehilat Hadar Board
Emily Scharfman, Steven Melzer, Meir Schecter, Tim Bernard, Max Arad, Mara Braunfeld, Aaron Kasman, Ashira Konigsburg, Stefan Krieger
The Shaare Zedek Board
Michael Firestone, Lianna Levine Reisner, Adin Rosenberg, Jeff Weinstein, Sara Marks, David Handelman, Harlan Levinson, Sharon Meiri Fox, Joshua Newman, Ronald Slusky