BY MARK PACKER
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be observing the High Holidays through Facebook this year. Services will be briefer than normal, each one lasting no more than one hour and fifteen minutes. Instead of requesting the usual number of volunteers, we will be asking fewer people to be present in the sanctuary to do all the readings for any given service; for example, three people for six to nine readings.
For those who will be in the sanctuary, we will be observing strict safety protocols. These include keeping the number of participants to a minimum and screening anyone entering the temple for their medical status and possible exposure to the virus.
To maximize safety, we will request that all participants wear face masks. There will also be regular sanitizing of the sanctuary, high touch areas, and washrooms before and after services.
Despite the challenges facing us, I think we can all look forward to religiously appropriate and spiritually satisfying services this year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.