Life Cycle Events

B’nai Mitzvah

  • Everyone over the age of 12 must show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 48 hours of the event.
  • Without proof of vaccination or negative PCR test, those under the age of 12 must wear a mask. Children 2 years of age and under not required to mask.
  • Restrictions related to food are lifted. Events may be held indoors or outdoors, and buffets or self-serve platters are permitted in all venues.

Number of Attendees

We encourage the smallest number of in-person attendees with a maximum of 175 in Stern Chapel and 300 in Olan Sanctuary. The number 175 in Stern Chapel and 300 in Olan Sanctuary includes all family members, guests and non-Temple staff; it does not include Temple staff or clergy.

Social Distancing

Social distancing measures will be enforced at all times while on Temple property. For Stern Chapel services, only the doors leading into the Stern Chapel vestibule will be open for entry and exit. Please seat yourselves in family clusters throughout the worship space. Tycher Gathering Space will be open only as a pass-through space for guests using the bathroom.

Masks

Everyone must wear a mask while inside the building.

Length of Service

Students will lead all the prayers and blessings that they have learned in a full B’nai Mitzvah service. The full B’nai Mitzvah service is 45-60 minutes in length.

Photography

There will be no photography in the worship space prior to the beginning of the B’nai Mitzvah service. The family may have up to 15 minutes to take pictures in the worship space following the service.

Zoom

Temple Emanu-El will provide a Zoom link and audio/visual support for an unlimited number of guests tuning in online.

Zoom B’nai Mitzvah

The clergy is happy to create a beautiful Zoom Bar or Bat Mitzvah service for your family, if that better meets you needs.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Cantor Leslie Niren, lniren@tedallas.org.

Funerals

Temple continues to be a source of comfort as our members experience loss. Details for funerals will be discussed with the family by the officiating clergy member.

Weddings

  • Everyone over the age of 12 must show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 48 hours of the event.
  • Everyone inside the building must wear a mask.
  • Restrictions related to food are lifted. Events may be held indoors or outdoors, and buffets or self-serve platters are permitted in all venues.
  • We encourage the smallest number of in-person attendees with a maximum of 175 in Stern Chapel and 300 in Olan Sanctuary.

Baby Namings

  • Everyone over the age of 12 must show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 48 hours of the event.
  • Everyone must wear a mask while inside the building.
  • Restrictions related to food are lifted. Events may be held indoors or outdoors, and buffets or self-serve platters are permitted in all venues.
  • We encourage the smallest number of in-person attendees with a maximum of 175 in Stern Chapel and 300 in Olan Sanctuary.