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Important Reopening Update from the RJC

In compliance with CDC and NY State Health Guidelines, we are excited to share some major updates regarding our COVID-19 Policy at the RJC.
Beginning this Shabbos, May 21 - 22, those who are two weeks post-vaccination (fully vaccinated) will no longer be required to wear masks or observe social distancing in shul. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated are still required to wear masks and observe social distancing.
To implement these new guidelines, every minyan will have designated areas for both groups. In the main sanctuary, ( a map of the main sanctuary can be found by clicking here ) the sections adjacent to the front walls will be for non-vaccinated attendees on both the men’s and women’s sides of the room. The rest of the sanctuary (including the balcony) will be for those who are fully vaccinated only. In the social hall and other spaces, the non-vaccinated areas will be set with chairs in a socially distant fashion. In all rooms, the non-vaccinated sections will be clearly marked and provide adequate space to distance properly. Vaccinated adults attending shul with their non-vaccinated children should sit in the non-vaccinated section.
As the capacity of our spaces has increased greatly, registration for minyanim will no longer be required. The non-vaccinated sections of each minyan will be available on a first come first serve basis. Our current estimations assume this will be enough seating for everyone. To help us further adjust our spacing, please fill out this brief survey about your family's current vaccination status.  We will evaluate after this first Shabbos and adjust as necessary.
We are currently reviewing our policy regarding food in shul and how best to allow for kiddushes and other gatherings while some of our members (and our young children in particular) have not been vaccinated. More information about these decisions will be shared as it becomes available.
As always, the above guidelines are subject to change. We will continue to monitor the national health recommendations along with evaluating the experiences of our membership on a weekly basis to ensure that our practices at the RJC are safe, effective, and welcoming to everyone who joins us. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have.
Please check the Shabbat Bulletin or website for the latest minyan schedule. Thank you for your patience as these exciting developments unfold. We are pleased to take another step forward as a community. We look forward to greeting you in shul!

Thursday, June 17, 2021 7 Tammuz 5781