As a Kehillah Kedosha, a sacred Jewish community, we prioritize the health and wellness of all who are a part of our congregational family, sharing special concern for those who are most vulnerable. Our congregation’s work continues, and even continues to grow, as we seek to connect with one another in new ways during this period of physical distancing.
Our response to the pandemic is being guided by our COVID-19 Task Force, led by our President, Dr. Amy Benedikt, and two infectious disease specialists – Dr. Ruth Berggren and Dr. Charles Lerner. We are taking a cautious approach to reopening our building and will continue to closely monitor San Antonio’s COVID-19 data to gauge when we can begin to gradually resume in-person programs and worship services.
In-Person Shabbat Services have Resumed
As increasing numbers of Bexar County residents become vaccinated and COVID hospitalizations and positivity rates continue to decrease, we are excited to share that we will resume in-person Shabbatservices from the Wulfe Sanctuary beginning on Friday, April 2. Services will continue to be simulcast on multiple platforms listed below for those wishing to participate from home. We will stop using Zoom for services but other April/May classes and programs will continue on Zoom as previously publicized.
As health and safety remain our highest priorities we ask that you adhere to the following protocols:
- We strongly encourage people above the age of 65 and those with risk factors for severe disease to attend only after they are fully vaccinated.
- Masks are required.
- Temperatures will be checked upon entry. Building doors will open 20 minutes prior to services.
- Worshippers will be asked to sit in designated seats to ensure social distancing.
- Prayerbooks will be available at the sanctuary entryway. At the conclusion of services, worshippers will be instructed where to return books. You may also download a kindle version of the prayerbook on your own mobile device.
- There will be no oneg Shabbat or babysitting during services until further notice.
- Service participants should refrain from singing until further notice. Singing causes a much larger spread of the virus into the environment than speaking.
Thank you for your patience as we gradually reopen. Please see our weekly email and social media for up-to-date plans.
6:30 pm Fridays and 10:30 am on Saturdays
Will continue to be simulcast on:
- Live Stream (www.beth-elsa.org/live-streaming)
- Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/TempleBethelsa)
- Roku Channel (Temple Beth-El, SATX)
- Amazon Channel (Temple Beth-El, San Antonio)
- YouTube Live (www.youtube.com/user/TempleBethElsa)
Note: Sunday Beit Midrash and Midweek Hebrew programs will continue online at this time. Please stay tuned for information from the school regarding a gathering at the end of the year.