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


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


COVID-19 Update – August 25th, 2021
Dear Beth Israel Family,
We are so excited about this year’s High Holidays and our opportunity to be together once again as a congregational 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 High Holidays this year.
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 High Holidays:
  • We will have a mask mandate at all times (indoors and outdoors). Please note that people leading services will be physically distanced and exempt from this mandate.
  • Services for children aged 12 and under will be held outside in our courtyards. When indoors, children must remain with members of their own household or in childminding.
  • Adults over the age of 18 must either be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of each service.
  • Children between the ages of 12-17 must have at least one dose 14 days prior to their entry to the building, or a negative COVID-19 test starting August 27th, 2021.
  • People will need to bring evidence of vaccination or of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the prior 48 hours of the service/event, to present to staff along with their tickets.
  • All others are asked to participate in the services via our online video stream.
For all other 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.
For all services, we plan to spread people out to the best of our ability. This includes the High Holiday’s Alternative Service which will take place at Vancouver Talmud Torah’s new gym. if you 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 .
With this information in mind, we would greatly appreciate your participation in a poll so we can do our best to have physical distancing in place. Please click on this link to participate. It won’t take more than 2 minutes.
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, especially for the High holidays this year.
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