As our experience during the pandemic changes, and as we adjust our response to public health conditions, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our congregants. For more than a year, NVHC has followed a phased process towards re-engagement to help guide our in-person services, programs, school and meetings at the synagogue. In alignment with recent governmental guidelines, and in consultation with our Pandemic Response Committee, beginning April 1 we are implementing the following procedures for in-person gatherings at NVHC:
- MASKS OPTIONAL: Wearing of masks is optional for in-person events at NVHC. However, we ask that you continue to keep your mask handy — preferably an N-95 or KN-95, which remain the most effective. We understand that this change may be of concern for some who may feel the need to continue to wear a mask. We ask everyone to show support and acceptance of those who choose to wear a mask and respect requests to put on a mask when near others.
- VACCINATION: To join us in-person indoors for any service or event, we assume that you are up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations.
- IN-PERSON EVENTS: We plan to continue in-person services and other events at NVHC, with virtual access via Zoom and YouTube depending on the event.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING: Seats in the sanctuary will be arranged theater style, but we respect that congregants will seat themselves according to social distance parameters or their own preference. The same arrangements will be in place for other in-person events at NVHC.
- FOOD SERVICE: We may now return to eating indoors. Onegs following Shabbat services will be held either indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather.
We will, of course, remain vigilant and respond as needed to any changes we observe in the community. We look forward to seeing you at NVHC soon!
Rabbi Michael Holzman
Risa May, President
Joe Miller, Executive Director