After a lengthy closure, we are pleased to announce that The Carlebach Shul is once again open for Shabbat services. We will follow all city and state laws and keep strict social distancing. Rabbi Citron, Shul President Shy Yellin, and the reopening committee (Dr. Jeremy Chess, Dr. Raphael Kellman, Dr. Joe Pollak, Dr. David Kamlet, Dr. Barbara Coven, and Barbara Chazan) have been working to create a plan.
There will be one minyan Friday night, at 6:30 PM, and one minyan Shabbat morning, at 9:00 AM. Since we can only have a limited number of people at each minyan, everyone who is interested must sign up here. We will open reservations on Monday morning at 10:00 AM for the coming Shabbos, and while we will accept the first 14 men and 7 women to sign up for a minyan, we wish to give precedence to our members who are saying Kaddish. Therefore, any member who needs to say Kaddish should sign up between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Monday. Other Shul members can sign up beginning at 12:00 PM on Monday, and non-members can begin signing up on Tuesday. Everyone will be asked to sign a waiver. Some people will be asked to stand outside, either at the Shul entryway or in the back area.
Who should try to come to Shul? If you are at any risk – if you have a serious health condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or a history of heart problems or strokes – please speak to your physician before signing up. If you are over 50 years old, even if you are in good health, please consult your physician. If you are over 70, we urge you to stay home. If you do insist on attending, you do so at your own risk. Make sure you have your doctor’s consent. If you are even the slightest bit ill, with any cold, cough, fever, body aches, diarrhea, loss of smell or taste, or are simply feeling under the weather, please do not attend. Err on the side of caution. By entering the Shul, you are actively affirming that you are completely healthy.
When you get to Shul, there will be someone at the entrance with an infrared thermometer (contactless) to take your temperature. Anyone found to have a high temperature will be asked not to enter. We reserve the right to ask anybody not to come in or to leave if we feel there is a chance they are sick. You must wear a mask. Gloves are also preferable but will not be enforced. There will be hand sanitizer available, and we encourage you to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds if you touch any surface.
Studies have shown that groups of people singing together can spread the virus, so we ask that everyone other than the chazzan refrain from singing. You can read or hum quietly to yourself. We also ask you you bring your own siddur, chumash, and tallit, so that nobody needs to handle items someone else has touched. Torah reading will look different than usual; please wait for instructions from the gabbai. The chazzan will be moved closer to the front of the Shul, where there is a window and a door and he will be a little further away from other people. When minyan is over, please do not linger. We know how much everyone has missed socializing, but unfortunately it is still not safe to do so.
Please understand that signing up for a minyan is a commitment. If you sign up and don’t show up on time, we will not have a minyan. If you realize after signing up that you will not be able to attend, please let us know right away so that we can let in someone from the waiting list and make sure there is a minyan.
Friday night: 6:30 PM (Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv only)
Shabbat morning: 9:00 AM