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Hybrid Services Information

April 2, 2021

Shalom Chaverim,

As previously mentioned, we are planning to reopen for in-person services on Saturday, April 10 at 9:30 am.

During this transition to hybrid services that are both in person and online, our current technology will permit us only to livestream the service when we conduct services in the main sanctuary. The investment that we made in technology last summer in the midst of the pandemic allowed us to be nimble during the height of the pandemic as we met remotely, but doesn’t seem to be able to allow us to meet in person and to permit two-way services on Shabbat.

For the near-term, as we explore other options, we will exclusively livestream services on our Facebook public page (www.facebook.com/bethel.phoenix) on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am. We hope to add in more connectivity to eventually resume Zoom participation. For the present, our sanctuary sound system is currently able to successfully connect to a livestream set up, but creates a feedback loop when also connected to Zoom.

Daily Minyan will continue on Zoom and will not be impacted by these temporary changes for Shabbat morning services.

We appreciate your patience as we investigate options to allow for at-home aliyot and Torah Reading as part of our hybrid system. While we are still working on this issue, we expect to schedule occasional virtual-only Shabbat and Yom Tov services beginning with the second day Yom Tov service for Shavuot on Tuesday, May 18 at 9:30 am.

For those of you who are interested in attending Shabbat services in person, please review our health and safety protocols as well as the process that we will follow for our community to register to attend in person Shabbat services starting April 10.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make this transition back to in-person services. We expect that after a few weeks of learning how to successfully return to in-person services, more changes will be made. As you experience the process, please let us know what we are doing that works and what does not work. Your feedback and participation is essential-- please contact Alicia Moskowitz at (602) 944-3359 ext. 109 or email amoskowitz@bethelphoenix.com.

Please stay tuned for more news. We will be reviewing COVID-19 metrics throughout the week, as a sudden shift in infections could impact our plans.

Shabbat Shalom,

Greg Harris
President
president@bethelphoenix.com

Register to attend an upcoming Shabbat Service

We are very excited to announce that the leadership of Beth El Congregation, guided by our COVID-19 Task Force, has approved reopening for Shabbat morning services with the following metrics and safety protocols.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to strive to help keep us healthy.  These steps are temporary and will be revised and conditions change.

 

Shabbat Morning/Yom Tov Indoor Sanctuary Services

COVID-19 Metrics

Benchmark for in-person services to be held:

  • 7-day positive diagnostic test average in City of Phoenix  ≤ 7.9% for 2 consecutive weeks

  • Cases below 99 per 100,000 in City of Phoenix

  • Data will be checked each Thursday morning to determine whether services will occur that Saturday:  https://www.maricopa.gov/5594/School-Metrics#dashboard

 

Health and Safety Protocols:

  • Registration of each person attending is required to be admitted to the building. We must maintain accurate records for contact tracing and, unfortunately, cannot accommodate walk-ins at this time.

  • All guests will check in with the greeter prior to entering the building.

    • Screening question asked upon 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 any of the above symptoms, we ask that you stay home and sign up to attend in the future.

  • Masks, physical distancing, and sanitizing hands are required

  • 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)

 

Attendance:

  • Up to 30 attendees each week (plus clergy, staff, and security)

 

Priorities for in-person attendance:

  • Lay Leaders/Torah readers

  • Participants with Honors

  • Those without access to virtual services

  • Family members of participants

  • B’nei Mitzvah families

 

Registration Process:

  • Registration is limited to 4 members per household per week

  • Torah Readers and other participants will be signed up automatically each week.

  • Additional spots will be released each week on Thursdays as well as the following week's sign up so plan to sign up on Thursday afternoons for the next week's open seats. An email alert will go to the congregation if any spots remain open to sign up for that week.

  • Sign up online here: https://www.bethelphoenix.com/form/Shabbat-registration or by calling the office at (602) 944-3359.

  • We will maintain a waiting list so if the sign ups are full at the time you check them, please email us at info@bethelphoenix.com or call us at (602) 944-3359 and you will be added to the next open sign up automatically.

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