• Miriam Spielman

TT COMMUNITY UPDATE 8: SHAVUOS MINYONIM

TZEMACH TZEDEK SHUL PROTOCOLS FOR SHAVUOS


Dear Kehilla and Friends,


We are pleased to inform you that we will be holding several minyonim this Shavuos be"H as part of our gradual reopening of shul. The minyonim will be regulated by the Tzemach Tzedek Shul Protocols (see below). The Shul Protocols have been compiled by our shul in consultation with the Rabbonim, Jewish umbrella organisations, doctors and the NSW Government.


Due to the ever-changing developments in the COVID situation the Shul Protocols may change at any time. Please be patient as we trial a "new normal" and pave our way forward together.


It is a condition of entry to the minyonim that each attendee abides by the Shul Protocols. The Shul Protocols will be monitored for compliance and will be strictly enforced for the health and safety of everyone.


TZEMACH TZEDEK SHUL PROTOCOLS

Please read carefully. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.


A) PROCESS OF ALLOCATION TO A MINYAN FOR SHAVUOS:

  1. If you have submitted a Registration of Interest Form (now closed), your name has been added to our waiting list for an opening at a minyan. Please note: this is not a confirmation of a place at a minyan.

  2. Priority will be given to those who registered first, to our Shul Members and to those who need to recite kaddish or yizkor. We are doing our best to accommodate as many men and women as possible. However, because the shul is currently restricted to ten worshippers plus essential clergy at any time, the number of minyonim is very limited.

  3. If your name has been shortlisted for allocation to a minyan, you will be notified by email on Tuesday or Wednesday. You will also be notified if we do not currently have a space available for you at a minyan.

  4. If your name has been shortlisted, you will be required to complete a Health Questionnaire. Please complete and return this form immediately.

  5. If your application has been successful (based on points 2 and 4 above) you will receive an Application Successful email and you will be offered a place at a minyan. You will also be notified if your application has been unsuccessful.

  6. By accepting/ confirming your place at the minyan you must commit to arrive on time, as you will be relied upon to complete a minyan and there is less than an hour to daven.

B) ATTENDING SHUL ON SHAVUOS

  1. Only those who have been pre-approved with a Successful Application may attend a minyan on Shavuos. This will be strictly enforced.

  2. On the morning of your allocated attendance at shul please check that you are feeling well: - If you have a fever (above 37.5C) you are prohibited from attending shul. - If you have any one or more of these symptoms: cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath you are prohibited from attending shul and must seek urgent medical advice. - If any member of your immediate household has a fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath you are prohibited from attending shul.

  3. Please use the restroom at home before coming to shul. We strongly discourage using the shul toilets.

  4. It is recommended that you bring your own gloves and mask.

  5. Please bring your own siddur.


C) ENTERING THE SHUL PREMISES

  1. Keep a distance of 1.5 metres at all times.

  2. Arrive no earlier (nor later) than your allocated time.

  3. Enter only via your allocated entrance (as you will be advised by email).

  4. Sanitise your hands prior to entering shul. Sanitiser will be provided.

  5. Do not touch the door (it will be left open).

  6. When entering the shul move to and sit at the most front seat available. There is only one chair per table.

D) DURING SHUL AND DAVENING

  1. Stay in your place and do not walk around.

  2. Cover your nose and mouth if you need to sneeze or cough.

  3. Sanitise your hands as often as necessary.

E) TORAH READING

  1. Only the Baal Koreh may touch the Torah from Pesicha until it is returned to the Aron.

  2. The Baal Koreh will perform Hagba and Gelila.

F) RECEIVING AN ALIYA

  1. If you receive an Aliya remember to maintain 1.5 metres distance between you and the Baal Koreh.

  2. Do not touch the Torah at any point.

  3. Do not kiss the Torah, not even indirectly. Instead, look at the portion of your Aliya before reciting the brochos.

  4. Please leave the Bima area immediately after your Aliya. (Do not wait for the next Aliya to end).

G) AFTER DAVENING AND BETWEEN MINYONIM

  1. Do not congregate after davening. Please leave promptly through the gate you arrived, remembering to maintain social distancing.

  2. No more than the maximum number of allowed people may attend the premises at any given time. This will be strictly enforced.

  3. The shul will be keeping a record of those who have attended minyonim over yomtov, for public health purposes as we are required to do.

  4. The shul will be cleaned and disinfected between each service.