Dear Kahal Kadosh,
Based on the Governor of Florida’s recent executive order, President Trump’s Directions, advice of medical professionals and cautiously optimistic news announcing reduced Covid-19 incidence, we have decided to cautiously open our Bet Hakenesset on Shabuot evening, in a limited fashion and subject to strict regulations which are tailored to make our re-opening maximally safe for our community. Attached are the regulations that will govern our re-opening for Shabuot and during the week schedule.
Our regulations are based on Miami-Dade County guidelines, as well as recommendations by the CDC, Jewish Organizations and doctors/epidemiologists. The foundation of our regulations is limited capacity in all minyanim, social distancing and stringent sanitary measures. In order to open in a safe and responsible manner, it is incumbent on all congregants to strictly adhere to these rules for the immediate future until we are able to gradually relax the restrictions. Shabuot and the receiving of the Torah was a unique time in our People’s history. We all stood together united at Har Sinai to receive the Torah. The Torah describes this great unity as “Ke-ish Ehad Be-Leb Ehad” like one person, like one heart. The unity and love to one another displayed at Har Sinai was the zenith of our people’s history and this unity allowed us to merit to receive Hashem’s most precious treasure, the holy Torah. With Hashem’s help, on this Shabuot, after being separated from each other for several months, we are looking forward to seeing the Kahal in Bet Hakenesset and praying together Ke-ish Ehad Be-Leb Ehad.
We look forward to seeing you in Bet Hakenesset, but will require you to follow the Social Distancing guidelines and to fill out the forms below. The safety of our community depends on you, so please adhere to all conditions and directives. We thank the Kahal in advance for cooperating with us and we are looking forward Beezrat Hashem to a successful re-opening.
Please fill out this form ASAP
The Board of Directors
Social Distancing Guidelines
– You must complete the Covid-19 questionnaire and Sign the waiver to be allowed entrance to the building.
– You should not come to The Bet Hakenesset but pray comfortably at home if you have any of the following conditions:
a. Even slightly unwell (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, sore throat or sniffling).
b. You have been exposed to someone who is a possible Covid-19 carrier within the past 14 days.
c. You are experiencing a loss of taste or smell (potential symptoms of Covid-19).
d. Anyone who has traveled in the past 14 days.
e. You have any underlying health issues that put you at greater risk i.e. heart disease, diabetes, immune-compromised, respiratory issues, obesity and so on).
– Mask must be worn at all times. As supplies are limited, please bring your own mask.
– Please disinfect your hands with the provided hand sanitizers before entering The Bet Hakenesset.
– One should bring their own Tallit and Siddur to Bet Hakenesset, to limit cross-contamination. (Regarding Mahzorim we may provide you one which must stay with you until the end of Hag.
– While in Bet Hakenesset we will need to maintain a 6-8 foot distance from anyone not part of your quarantined family. We will arrange the seats to ensure that this is complied with.
– Reading of the Torah and all other functions will follow halachic guidelines, as instructed by the Rabbi.
Portions of the Tefilah that Require Social Distancing:
a. Opening the Hechal: The Kahal will remain standing by their seats. There will
be no touching or kissing the Sefer Torah. Whoever is honored with carrying
the Sefer Torah will wear gloves.
b. Torah Reading: Rabbi will stay outside the Tebah for Mi Sheberach;
c. Mourner’s Kadish: This will be said from each congregant’s seat (as opposed
to gathering in the center of the sanctuary);
Regarding Birkat Kohanim: all who live in one household may do it together, from the last one should be 6ft and then the next family. We cannot accommodate more than two families unless the social distancing space is feasible. Netilat Yadayim should be done separately in different times not all together & they wash their own hands.
Regarding Keriat Hatorah
Petichat Hahechal can be done by one person who then moves away. The Kahal will remain standing by their seats. There will be no touching or kissing the Sefer Torah.
The next person, Whoever is honored with carrying the Sefer Torah must sanitize their hands and must take out the Sefer, carry it, undress it, & do Mare Haketav. The Baal Kore will only have a person to his left for Taamim. The Person getting the Aliyah must see the Sefer from far away and say Birkat Hatorah from behind the Baal Korah.
Regarding Shiurim, Havdalah, Kiddushim & Seudat Shelishit everything is done at home.
Mourner’s Kadish: This will be said from each congregant’s seat (as opposed to gathering in the center of the sanctuary);
Departing the Bet Hakenesset: The main entrance will be used as an entrance only. The exit will be through the side exit.
– Unfortunately, until further notice, women, girls, & Boys under Bar Mitzvah will not be permitted in The Bet Hakenesset at this time.
– No Kiddushim, Seudat Shelishit, Breakfast etc… will be held.
– No food or drink of any kind is allowed to be brought into the Bet Hakenesset.
– No congregating outside either before or after services.