Where We Are Now: Level One
- Synagogue building closed with the office open by appointment only.
- Services and activities are online only.
- Special events and meetings will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Synagogue office open by appointment only.
- Services are both in-person and online.
Criteria for Moving to Level Two
We will begin having services in-person, by advance reservation only, no earlier than October 16, 2020, as long as Nevada is in Phase 3 and has been for three weeks, and the COVID-19 positive percentage of new tests is no more than 5%. If any of these conditions are not met, we will push back in-person services until such time as these criteria are all met. We will allow the lesser of 67 people, or the number allowed by the Governor, to be physically present at services. The live-stream will remain up and running.
There are definitely many overwhelming thoughts and ideas — covering a broad perspective, and from all our members — on whether to open Temple Sinai for regular services and events, continue to stay closed, or ease into a phased approach toward opening as our great State of Nevada is doing. Even if we were to open our doors immediately as some have proposed, are we prepared and ready to handle all the different guidelines that have been set forth? The answer at this moment is NO, we are not ready and YES, most likely we will try to phase in our normal operations.
Although, I would like to say that this is going to happen overnight; it is just not possible. As you, hopefully, read yesterday in a separate email, we have posted a multi-level plan for reopening. This is a middle-of-the-road phased-in plan, which we anticipate will help us not rush into anything too soon and keep our members, rabbis, and staff safe. As I mentioned above, there are differing opinions on this and we know it is difficult to meet everyone’s expectations, but we are doing our best to listen to our members and keep all of us safe.
Please continue to be safe out there and wear your masks! It does help mitigate the spread.