We have been working closely with our medical professionals to formulate safety protocols that will allow us to return back to Shul in a responsible manner.  

These protocols have been formulated based on CDC guidelines and with Chabad of Florida. 

As we cautiously reopen our Shul, only people who feel comfortable to attend should do so. No one should feel obligated to come, we do understand your reservations.

We have consulted with our medical professionals who have advised us that a conservative approach to opening based on the protocols outlined below will provide our Chabad with a path towards normalcy and enable us to regain and maintain our spiritual connection to our faith safely. In fact, our Shul is a safer environment than restaurants since protective masks can’t be worn while eating, while they can be worn at Shul at all times. 

Safety protocols for reopening Chabad of Venice- June 5, 2020

Our Shul will be open for Shabbos (Saturday) Services only from 10 am to 12 pm.  Fridays will remain via Zoom at 7pm (www.chabadofvenice.com/zoom Password: Chabad)

Anyone who has been exposed to someone with coronavirus in the past 14 days should stay away from Shul until 14 days have passed. 

Anyone experiencing any symptoms of illness, especially coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, loss of taste and smell or sore throat, should refrain from attending for at least 8 days after symptoms cease entirely. We strongly encourage them to seek medical care and be tested where appropriate.

We encourage you to consult with your medical professional if you have any doubt as to whether you should be attending

Protective masks must be worn at all times while inside the shul.

Masks must be worn in the proper manner at all times as follows: Cover nose and mouth at all times and avoid touching your face with hands whenever possible.

Please bring your own masks as our supply is limited.

No physical contact including handshakes. 

A mandatory 6-foot distancing must take place between each person (not living in the same household) at all times. At this stage, we will be allowing a maximum of 25 people into the Shul at any one time. 

People are asked to refrain as much as possible from touching frequent-touch surfaces. As such Kippahs, Prayer books, chumashim and taleisim will not be available from the book shelf.

You need to bring your own books and taleisim before shabbos or we will assign one for you from the shul with your name written on the outside of the book. 

Please refrain from kissing the Mezuzah.

We encourage you to use paper towels when handling faucets or flushing the toilet.

Aliyahs: There will only be one person on the Bimah at any time. People honored with Aliyahs will make their blessings without leaving their seat. 

The Torah reader will bring the Torah from the Ark, lift the Torah for Hagbah, and return it to the Ark. 

The Torah will be brought straight to the Bimah and back to the Ark. Please refrain from kissing the Torah with your lips, rather with your heart. 

Kiddush: As of now, there will be no Kiddush luncheon served at Shul.

Cleaning: We will be increasing our cleaning of the Shul and disinfecting all surfaces after each service. 

We ask everyone to please clean their hands with water and soap and/or hand sanitizer at the washing station upon entering the Shul as well as frequently through the service.

This is a fluid protocol and subject to change without notice. 

We look forward to reuniting together as one, with each other in our spiritual home.