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Shabbat Morning Services

We are very excited to announce the return of Shabbat morning davening at Bais Abe, on September 5, Parshat Ki Tavo.  We hope those of you who are comfortable doing so will join us for this first communal davening on Shabbat since the arrival of the pandemic. Although we are proceeding with caution, and with guidance from medical experts, in light of the dangers of COVID-19, this is a moment for expressing gratitude and appreciation, first of all to G-d, and also to Ruth Schachter-Cohen and Kalanit Chappell, and all the dedicated lay leaders and volunteers who have put a tremendous amount of thought and work into preparing for this moment.

Services will take place at 9am, and will be outside under a canopy for now (we are still planning to be inside for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur).

The same social distancing procedures that have been implemented for other gatherings at Bais Abe will be in place. Briefly, this means that participants will go through a temperature check and answer screening questions before entering the shul premises. Masks must be worn, and a minimum of 6-8' social distance must be maintained at all times while at Bais Abe. Bathrooms will be available, however otherwise everyone is expected to stay outside. If you would like to attend, please sign up below so we can prepare accordingly. Walk-ins will be welcome as well.

Services will be kept as short as possible in order to reduce the risk of exposure.  We will begin from Shokhen Ad (right before Barekhu).  Please plan to arrive on time, so we have a minyan for Barekhu. We will daven a complete Shacharit and Musaf, with repetitions of the Amidah, Torah reading and Haftorah, but will omit the drasha and most of the additional psalms and prayers, which do not require a minyan. There will be no kiddush following services. Everyone is encouraged to recite morning blessings, psalm of the day, Psalm 27 and P'seukei D'zimra at home, prior to coming to shul. 

For additional details, see the detailed protocols on our website.  If you have any other questions, please contact or

As always, those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 or uncomfortable attending services for any reason, should feel under no obligation to attend, and are discouraged from doing so. Our joy at reopening must remain incomplete while so many of our beloved community members are unable to join us.  Until in person events become more universally accessible, we will continue to develop and maintain alternatives to in-person programming on Zoom and via other formats.

Rabbi Garth Silberstein

You can read Rabbi Silberstein's letter to the community and reopening protocols here.

Screening Questions

  • Have you had a diagnosis of or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Have you been exposed to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Have you had any of the following symptoms in the past 14 days (not due to a chronic preexisting condition)?
    • Fever(100.4 F or higher), chills or shaking
    • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Headache
    • sore throat
    • muscle aches
    • diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
    • runny nose
    • new loss of sense of taste or smell (for adults)
    • “COVID toe” (red or purple toe swelling)
  • Have you traveled from out of town within the last 14 days?

Please bring your own Siddur, Chumash, and Tallis. If you need to borrow items, or drop items off before Shabbat, be in touch with the shul office.
We look forward to seeing you on Shabbat!


Sat, September 26 2020 8 Tishrei 5781