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COVID Updates as of September 27th, 2021

06/25/2021 10:00:00 AM


All guidelines are based on CDC and Montgomery County regulations/guidelines as well as expert opinion from our Health Committee.


Indoors: Masks must be worn indoors at all times regardless of vaccination status.

Outdoors: those who are unvaccinated must wear masks unless eating. For those who are vaccinated, masks are not required but are recommended in situations when social distancing is a challenge. 

Social distancing:

Indoors social distancing of at least 3 feet should be observed during activities/davening. 

Outdoors social distancing is encouraged but not required in general however during davening 3 foot social distancing should be maintained.


There is no eating allowed inside the building.

Outdoors eating is permitted. When eating together outside, social distancing should be observed with at least 6 feet between unvaccinated people who are not in the same household. 


Members should be careful when traveling to avoid indoor gatherings and make use of safeguards including masking and social distancing when traveling. While not required, we recommend that members regardless of vaccination status undergo COVID19 PCR testing within 3 days of return from travel and quarantine from Beth Sholom until they have a negative PCR test.


We recommend that members be vigilant and consider not hosting guests who are unvaccinated or have not had a recent negative COVID19 PCR test. While not required, we recommend that members regardless of vaccination status undergo COVID19 PCR testing within 3 days of their visit and quarantine from Beth Sholom until they have a negative PCR test. 

COVID symptoms:

We ask that members check themselves and household members for COVID symptoms prior to attending services or Beth Sholom events. Symptoms include: At least one of the following: fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, new onset cough, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or sense of smell, OR at least two of the following: muscle aches, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, chills, fatigue, and congestion or runny nose. Anyone with one of the major or two of the minor symptoms should refrain from attending events at Beth Sholom and consider undergoing COVID testing.

COVID exposure:

Anyone who has been exposed to an individual with confirmed COVID19 infection but has been vaccinated does not need to quarantine. We do recommend that any vaccinated individual exposed to COVID19 undergo COVID19 PCR testing between day 3 and 5 of exposure regardless of symptoms. Vaccinated people who are exposed to COVID19 thought should wear a mask at all times on Beth Sholom property for 14 days after their exposure or until after their COVID PCR test result is negative.

Anyone that is not vaccinated and has a known exposure to an individual with confirmed COVID19 infection must either 1) quarantine for 10 days before attending Beth Sholom events or 2) quarantine for 7 days if they have received a negative COVID19 PCR test. The PCR test should occur on day 5 or later after exposure.

Exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with COVID for a cumulative total of more than 15 minutes over a 24 hours period. 

Confirmed COVID cases:

If you have confirmed COVID please let the Rabbis or health committee know as soon as possible. All correspondence will be confidential. Anyone with confirmed COVID regardless of vaccination status must be isolated from Beth Sholom and in general for 10 days from their symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours from last fever or use of fever reducing medication and all other symptoms have improved. We recommend anyone with confirmed COVID infection consult with their physician prior to return to Beth Sholom. If the individual never had symptoms from COVID the individual should isolate from Beth Sholom for 10 days from after their first positive COVID19 test.

Youth Programming

-Youth programming will be allowed indoors if outdoors is not feasible due to weather conditions. Indoor youth programming will be capped based on how many can fit socially distant in the space.

-Strict adherence to mask wearing and social distancing (6 feet) is required at youth programs by all children and non-vaccinated adults in attendance. Vaccinated parents are strongly encouraged to continue masking.

- Parents are responsible for their children at all times. Children must be supervised and cannot run around the building or outside without an adult watching them!

Private Events:

-Private, invitation only, events will NOT be allowed to host meals with dining indoors.

*If you have any questions or concerns please email

Our goal remains to ensure your safety as well as your comfort participating in services and events at Beth Sholom. G-d willing we will soon be able to return to normal soon, with your help and adherence to these guidelines. we will be able to safely do so in the near future.    

Thank you,

Beth Sholom Congregation
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Tue, October 19 2021 13 Cheshvan 5782