Reopening Plan

June 18, 2021
The Health, Safety, and Security Committee of The Reform Temple of Rockland, in an effort to protect the health of all our congregants, staff, and visitors, has created the following reopening plan. This plan was approved by the RTR Board with the understanding that this is a fluid situation and modifications will be necessary. We are hopeful that the county case numbers will continue to decline and the vaccination rates will increase and are looking forward to being together again in our building for worship and celebration.
Everyone must properly wear a mask, in all areas of the RTR building, at all times.  
Exception A: The Rabbi and Cantor when they are on the Bima
Exception B: Any Employee who is vaccinated working alone in their office or with other employees who are also vaccinated may be maskless.
The Reform Temple of Rockland will follow current CDC and County health department regulations as are currently in effect for social distancing between individuals not from the same household. 
Social distancing is not a replacement for mask-wearing but in addition to it.
Only fully vaccinated members of the choir may sing at services. If all members of the choir are vaccinated, they can sing maskless but they must be at least 12 feet away from the congregation.
At this time HSS recommends the Cantor (and/or) Rabbi may sing without masks on the Bima, as long as the first two rows of seating are kept empty or moved.
At regular services (non bar/bat mitzvah) only the Rabbi and Cantor May use ritual objects (ie: dressing the torah).
For B’nai Mitzvah services, anyone coming to the bima must be masked and those who are a legal adult (18 years and older) must be masked and vaccinated. Rabbi and/or Cantor will make these regulations known to the B’nai Mitzvah families during the preparation process.
Prayer books or hand-out sheets used in a service will be put aside and not used for a period of at least 3 days.
Use of the elevator will be limited to congregants and guests with a disability and limited to a 2-person occupancy for unrelated ‘riders’, and 4-person occupancy for related ‘riders’.
Signage stating the capacity limits will be at the elevator door on both floors
Each bathroom capacity will be limited to 3 people occupancy at a time.  
Signage stating the capacity limits will be placed outside each bathroom.
Congregants will have to bring their own Tallit and/or Kippot.
At this time there is no food or drink allowed into the building unless it is a medical necessity. Employees are exempt from this policy.
All who enter the building will be asked to sign in with their name and phone number so that in the unlikely event that someone has tested positive, we can inform others who may have been exposed.

Service Information

Our services have had record attendance during the COVID-19 shutdown. Our members gathered together online from all over the country to hear the inspiring and uplifting words of Rabbi Sharff or to be able to hear and be moved by Cantor Neff’s incredible singing. Services are now held on Friday evenings in person in our sanctuary, and via Zoom. You can join us at temple or log in via your home computer, smartphone, or simply dial in and listen. Log in information is available through our membership weekly emails. Please send a request to our office at to experience Joyful Judaism.

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