Guiding Principles

Temple Emanu-El is a sacred space and a special community that both transcends a building and is strengthened by it.

In the coming weeks, we will slowly return to the building as we continue to monitor the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will continue to establish and refine the proper protocols to provide the best protection for our families, staff, students and clergy members. Our decisions have been informed by a COVID Advisory Team, which was formed in 2020 to advise our Board of Trustees on best practices based on recommendations from medical professionals, public health organizations, and Jewish values; and by our Medical Advisory Task Force, a group of Temple members who are physicians and who work closely with the COVID Advisory Team.

Specifically, we are guided by our focus on the values of pikuach nefesh (safeguarding life) and chesed (profound love and kindness). Amidst constantly changing circumstances, our focus remains on keeping our members, staff, and clergy safe and healthy, and contributing to the health of our broader community.

We will work to ensure we remain connected as a congregation and continue to serve as a source of spiritual support for our members in multiple access points. Some of our spiritual programs will continue to be conducted remotely, but even as we return some functions to the building, with social distancing and other precautions, it will not yet be a return to normal.

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving and Temple’s response will evolve, too. We know these unprecedented times are challenging and stressful, but we are here to help in any way we can.