TBE is currently closed. Admission to the shul is for paid staff and otherwise by appointment only. Appointments can be made by email or phone. Please use the 21st Way entrance if you do have an appointment. You must wear a face mask and practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet at all times. You will be asked to sign in and take your temperature, which will be recorded upon entry. If you are running a fever, you will be asked to return home and seek appropriate medical attention. Members should not gather indoors for any reason.

Dec. 23, 2020

We wish you all the best in this season and always. During this time of year we are all especially aware of how much we miss the ability to gather in person to worship and connect with our Temple Beth El family. To that end, the Temple Beth El reopening committee has been working hard since the High Holidays to find the safest ways for our community to be together. To date, we found ways to offer an in-person High Holiday experience, two livestream B’nai Mitzvah, several outdoor picnics, Friday night services and Saturday night Havdalah experiences, along with an amazing amount of virtual experiences.

These events were planned in direct consultation with our Medical Advisory Board which provided us with recommendations based on the current science and data. Recently, the reopening committee was ready to proceed with a Pandemic B’nai Mitzvah procedure as well as begin preparation for small groups to worship in a safe and comfortable outdoor service. With deep regret, based on the current data regarding our community conditions and the advice of our Medical Advisory Board, we have had to put these plans on hold. We are hopeful that the distribution of a vaccine will enable us to safely gather before long.

We have heard from many of you and greatly appreciate your input and wise counsel. We too miss gathering with our Temple Beth El family and are experiencing the very real need for worship, community and human contact. We have faith that our Beth El community will emerge from this time with a greater appreciation of how much brighter our light shines when we come together. We will continue to keep you informed of the time that we all greatly anticipate, the time when we can be together again in person.

—The Temple Beth El Reopening Committee: Naomi Ivker, Joshua Richman, Ed Fineberg, Shira Goldberg, Fred Benjamin, Rabbi Stephen Slater