Welcome Back to CBI
We are thrilled that we will soon be able to be together again in the
synagogue for services and events after over a year of challenge and
isolation. We are taking a slow and cautious approach to resuming
in-person activities, guided by state and local health officials, the
CDC and what other synagogues and local religious organizations are
doing. Our primary objective is to ensure the safety of all attendees
while maintaining a welcoming, spiritually uplifting environment for
For the time being there will be some restrictions on what we can and
cannot do. But in our humble opinion, the joy of being together again
will far surpass what we have to temporarily give up. Below is a listing
of the guidelines for indoor events crafted by our Reopening Committee
after much thought a deliberation. The environment as it regards COVID
remains fluid, and specific guidelines will change over time–some
sooner–some later, as the threat diminishes.
We know that it will be hard to give up the closeness of hugs and, for
the time being, singing and sharing food—all so integral to the fabric
of our communal Jewish experience, but we ask your forbearance. G-d
willing, these constraints will be short-lived. Longtime congregant, Dr.
Steve Packer, CEO of Community Hospital and one of the experts we have
relied upon in our decision making, offers this admonition: “The
temptation will be to hug and stand close, especially during any
socializing or eating. We are a long way from being able to do those
things. It is still important to maintain social distancing at all
- Attendees must re-register for CBI events by calling Abby at CBI
- Participants 16 and over must be fully vaccinated; those who have
not been vaccinated are welcome to attend and remain outside on the deck
observing mask and distance protocols. Youth under 16 who are not
vaccinated may attend events with parents.
- Proof of vaccination must be shown (one time only) in advance of
attending an in-person event. A registry of those who have shown proof
of vaccination will be kept by the office.
- Appropriate masks covering both mouth and nose must be worn by all
participants attending CBI events. CBI will provide masks for those who
forget their mask or does not sufficiently protect the potential spread
of air droplets.
- Physical distance of 6 feet distance between family units must be
- The cantorial soloist will be masked and sing behind a Plexiglass
barrier with no congregants closer than 30 feet. Congregants will be
asked to refrain from singing for the time being.
- The Rabbi will be masked and behind Plexiglass barrier.
- One prayer book per family will be on loan until it is deemed safe
to resume normal sharing practices. Prayer books may be obtained in
advance at the CBI office. No bulletins will be provided at events.
- Sliding doors and windows will remain open for ventilation.
- Hand sanitation dispensers and/or sanitizing wipes will be
- Currently, no food or beverages will be provided for indoor
- Participants will be asked to sanitize their hands before entering
restrooms and wash hands vigorously before exiting.