COVID-19 PROTOCOL UPDATE
March 6, 2022
Dear TBA Community,
We are nearing the second anniversary of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are finally reaching new stable ground which allows us to relax some of our protocols. While most experts believe COVID infections will still remain among us, we hope such infections will dwindle to being manageable illnesses. As we continue to examine our protocols, we held a COVID-19 Task Force meeting this past week with our medical advisors and committee. In keeping with our Task Force recommendations, the NJ Department of Health guidelines, and Livingston Board of Education, we will be transitioning to a MASK OPTIONAL policy beginning Monday, March 7.
We will be closely monitoring the COVID-19 numbers and watching for spikes but at this time, the MASK OPTIONAL policy means the following:
- Masks will be optional inside TBA at services, social events, adult education classes, private events, and any other Temple function. For those that are medically vulnerable or not yet comfortable removing their mask, we encourage you to continue to wear your mask.
- We will increase the number of people who can attend private functions in our social areas.
- We will allow food and drink to be consumed during TBA events and classes.
- We will continue to promote social distancing, however, if congregants feel comfortable sitting near friends, they may do so.
- Bimah participants will no longer be required to wear masks. Testing will not be necessary for bimah guests or service participants unless the person is unvaccinated. If unvaccinated, they will need to provide a negative COVID test and we strongly request the wearing of a mask.
- We will continue to require that all visitors and attendees to TBA be fully vaccinated (including booster) or present a negative test to attend private events and/or services and classes. We strongly request that unvaccinated members and visitors wear a mask.
- For our JLP classes and meetings, if your child is vaccinated, wearing a mask is optional based on your own family’s level of comfort. We encourage any student who is medically vulnerable or uncomfortable being unmasked to continue to wear their mask. If your child is unvaccinated, we strongly request that your child continue to wear a mask while attending JLP classes in order to protect them and our other students and teachers in the best possible way.
- A separate letter will be sent to our Early School families. We will be continuing the use of masks indoors for our pre-school children and teachers in order to protect them since they are under the age for vaccination. This is based on a recommendation from the Livingston Board of Health and our Task Force medical advisors.
There will be no “mask shaming” allowed and all TBA members, visitors, and students should feel comfortable with whatever decision they and their families make regarding the wearing of masks. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will be meeting with our committee and medical advisors again soon. We will make changes to these policies as necessary.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we navigate the move to a more open and less restricted environment. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us directly.
David Z. Vaisberg, Senior Rabbi
Julie A. Silbermann, President
Mara B. Suskauer, Executive Director
Welcome Message from TBA President Julie A. Silbermann
Dear Temple B’nai Abraham Family,
Although it has been a tumultuous year and a half for all of us, we are settling into what can only be described as our new stable ground. We have welcomed 25 new member families to Temple B’nai Abraham. Our schools are busy and active and I am happy to report that
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- COVID vaccinations are required for all who are eligible (ages 5 and up). If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact our Executive Director, Mara Suskauer.
- Full adult vaccination means two initial shots and a booster.
- Masks are optional as of March 7, 2022.
- Social distancing will be encouraged.
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Keeping the Stories Alive and Other Assistance
Federation’s Holocaust Council provides assistance to survivors in times of need, including help obtaining the vaccine. We are also eager to connect with survivors – and 2nd and 3rd generation survivors – to help keep their stories alive through educational programs. With their permission, please provide the contact information of survivors and their families to Jamie Carus at email@example.com or (973) 929-3067.
Free Dental Assistance for Survivors
Federation is excited to share news about a new pro-bono dental program for Holocaust survivors established in partnership with the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Click here to read about how the need for affordable dental care for Holocaust survivors was prioritized and is now being met through this amazing program. For more information, contact the Rutgers Dental program navigator at (973) 972-5304.
Jewish Job Network (JJN)
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