ALL OF OUR COVID-19 INFORMATION RIGHT HERE!

Welcome to Beth Israel’s special COVID-19 web page.


Please find here Beth Israel’s COVID-19 Safety Plans.


COVID-19 Update – March 11, 2022
Dear Beth Israel Family,
We hope everyone is doing. Following yesterday’s announcement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, our COVID-19 taskforce discussed how best to move forward. We know that COVID-19 is still active in the Vancouver micro-Jewish community.
As such, the task force has decided that the synagogue will continue enforcing the mask and vaccine mandate until Sunday April 10th. This should allow us a reasonable amount of time for recovery prior to being allowed to remove our masks in synagogue.
The health and safety of our congregants is our top priority and as such we will continue utilizing as much of our large space as possible. The Beth Israel COVID-19 Taskforce will continue monitoring the situation and will advise our congregants about any new changes if needed. Please do all that you can to maintain your health and other people’s health during this time.
Chag Purim Sameach & Shabbat Shalom,
The Beth Israel COVID-19 Task Force
COVID-19 Update – February 16, 2022
Dear Beth Israel Family,
Following yesterday’s announcement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, we are pleased to confirm that we will be re-starting our congregational meals on
February 22nd. This will include daily morning breakfast, Friday evening Snack ‘n Yak, and Shabbat morning Kiddush lunch.
The health and safety of our congregants is our top priority and as such we will be utilizing as much of our large space as possible. We will continue to keep the wall raised between the Sanctuary & the Gales Family Ballroom for indoor services. For Shabbat morning Kiddush, we will make space available for those who want to sit outside to eat.
All previous COVID related mandates such as masks and vaccine requirements will still be in place.
We are very excited to be able to begin the process of opening up and seeing everyone in person at the synagogue soon. The Beth Israel COVID-19 Taskforce will continue monitoring the situation and will advise our congregants about any new changes if needed. Please do all that you can to maintain your health and other people’s health during this time.
B’Shalom,
The Beth Israel COVID-19 Task Force
COVID-19 Update – August 25th, 2021
Dear Beth Israel Family,
We are very aware of the concerns about COVID-19 and ensuring not only the spiritual but physical well-being of our congregants. We have put a considerable amount of time and effort into ensuring that we can provide the safest, and most meaningful services.
With that in mind, the Beth Israel Board after much preparation had a special meeting last night. Taking into consideration the many voices we have heard from our congregant family, the advice of medical experts including our COVID-19 task force members, the provincial authorities, and a Conservative movement ruling that vaccines are mandatory according to Jewish law for all who can receive them, we have made the following decisions:
For all services starting Friday, August 27th :
  • We will have a mask mandate for all indoor services. Masks outdoor are strongly recommended but mandatory when sitting or standing less than 6 feet away from someone (other than someone who lives in the same residence as you.)
  • For indoor & outdoor services, adults over the age of 18 must either be fully vaccinated or must have a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Teens between the ages of 12-17 must have at least one vaccine dose 14 days prior to their entry to the building or 2 doses as of October 27th or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the service/event to present to staff.
  • People will need to bring evidence of vaccination or of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the prior 48 hours of the service to present to staff.
  • All others are asked to participate in the services via our online video stream.
Furthermore, we will require all our valued volunteers in the synagogue to be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test similar to what is mentioned above.
If you are a current Beth Israel member and your prefer to send us proof of your vaccination before coming to the synagogue, please e-mail us your vaccination card (along with your name) to bivaccine@gmail.com .
All guests need to show proof of vaccination at the door.
It’s very important for us to do all that we can to maintain the health and safety of all the members of our congregation. We can get through this together. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at synagogue at any one of our many services in person or online.
Sincerely,
David Silver, Board President
Rabbi Jonathan Infeld, Senior Rabbi
Esther Moses-Wood, Executive Director
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If you are concerned, worried, feel isolated or need to talk to someone please do call or e-mail us. We are here to listen and help in any way possible:

– Rabbi Infeld: rabbiinfeld@bethisrael.ca (604-731-4161 x107)

– Rabbi Stein: rabbistein@bethisrael.ca (604-731-4161 x 108)

– Esther Moses-Wood: esther@bethisrael.ca(604-731-4161)

For all Covid-19 resources please click here to visit the BC CDC.
Thank you for your understanding and bearing with us as we navigate a difficult and fluid time. We are doing our best to meet the needs of our diverse membership while keeping us all safe and healthy.
The COVID-19 Task Force