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Hybrid Services Information

May 27, 2021
Shalom Chaverim,

Last Shabbat, we resumed in-person services.  This Shabbat, in-person services will continue, while maintaining practices to keep our community healthy and safe.  As a result of this week’s meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force, changes will be made and stay in place for as long as they make sense. 
These changes include:

  • Reservations to attend Shabbat services will no longer be necessary.
  • Attendance limits will be eliminated.
  • Masks will be optional but will no longer be mandatory.

Given the size of our sanctuary, we can comfortably worship together given the attendance we enjoyed before COVID.  But we must still take care.  The dangers posed by this disease have not gone away.  Please be considerate if you are not well. If you have any doubts about whether wearing a mask would be advisable, please do, given that our community includes people who cannot or have not been able to be vaccinated for health or other reasons. 
We make these changes due to the serious nature of this disease, in light of the positive steps that continue to be made in our community to reduce infections in the Phoenix metropolitan area and in recognition that many members of the community are fully vaccinated.  These developments are positive, and we hope that these improvements last. 
Other changes are coming at Beth El as we return gradually to a fuller in person program, but not all at once. We will keep you informed.  At the same time, many practices put in place due to COVID will remain in place, including:

  • Daily Minyan on Zoom
  • Hybrid services during Shabbat
  • Hybrid Services during the High Holidays
  •  Health and safety checks at appropriate times and intervals
  • Safe distancing
  • Exercising good judgment about whether being out and about makes sense

Shabbat services will continue to be hybrid.  We ask when you attend to be mindful of the need to keep a safe distance from people while you are inside the building.  Please consider the need or wisdom of wearing a mask, as not everyone has been vaccinated or may be living with others who cannot or have not been vaccinated.  We continue to monitor key statistics regarding those who have been vaccinated in the Phoenix area at the following website:
Please have a healthy and productive week.
Greg Harris

Beth El President


Hybrid Model Requirements for
Shabbat Morning/Yom Tov Indoor Sanctuary Services

COVID-19 Metrics

Health and Safety Protocols:
  • Question to ask prior to arrival: Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours: new loss of taste or smell, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.  If you have experienced any of these symptoms, please be considerate to others by staying home.
  • Household members can sit together
  • Bring your own borrowed prayer books, Tallit, and Kippah
  • Visiting after services must occur outside of the building (no Kiddush luncheon will be served).
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