COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response at CRS

Worship Schedule

Updated 3/16/20

Beginning this Shabbat we will be a “virtual” congregation and all of our services will be live streamed only. You can access the live stream on our website or from the CRS Facebook page.

For this week, our schedule of worship services is as follows:

Erev Shabbat Services
FRI, MAR 20 at 6:00 PM
Stream live on our website and on Facebook

Sholom Sprouts Zoom: Singin’ Swingin’ Shabbat in your PJs (ages 0–5)
SAT, MAR 21 at 9:00 AM
Join using Zoom – click here for more information

Congregant-led Torah Study
SAT, MAR 21 at 9:00 AM
Join using Zoom – click here for more information

Shabbat Morning Chapel Service
SAT, MAR 21 at 10:15 AM
Stream live on this page and on Facebook

Havdalah at Home with Rabbi Karol and her family
SAT, MAR 21 at 7:00 PM
Join using Zoom – click here for more information

Cancellations & Schedule Changes

Updated 3/12/20

Religious School is on break during the weeks of March 16 and March 23. The current plan is to resume programming during the week of March 30.

All Sholom Sprouts classes scheduled for THU, MAR 12 and FRI, MAR 13 as well as for next week, MAR 16–20, will be cancelled. A modified Singin’ Swingin’ Shabbat will continue to take place.

Lobbying Day in Albany on MON, MAR 16 is cancelled.

Brotherhood Basketball on TUE, MAR 17 is cancelled.

Lunch Together on TUE, MAR 17 is cancelled.

What Matters: Have You Had the Conversation? on THU, MAR 19 is cancelled.

Personal and Spiritual Pathways Through the Psalms on FRI, MAR 20 is cancelled.

Read previous updates:
Update #6 – March 15
Update #5 – March 12
Update #4 – March 11
Update #3 – March 10
Update #2 – March 8
Update #1 – March 4

Visiting Policy

We are asking CRS staff, CRS families, and friends, to not attend events at CRS if:

  • You, anyone in your household, are symptomatic and has yet to be medically cleared.
  • You, anyone in your household, have recently returned from a high-risk region of the country or abroad and are still in the 14-day quarantine window.
  • You, anyone in your household, attend, or have visited, a school or institution that is currently closed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Immediate Precautions

With everyone’s safety in mind, the following safeguards are effective immediately: 

  • Minimized Contact: We look forward to welcoming you to CRS. At this time, however, we are holding off on hugs and handshakes. We hope you will understand—it is now well known that minimizing close contact can limit the spread of COVID-19. We encourage you to consider alternatives such as elbow-bumps, a smile, or a wave. We’ll know what you mean! 
  • If you or a member of your family are feeling ill, please stay home. We are recommending that our community adhere closely to the rule that people stay home until they are fever-free without the need for medicine for 24 hours. This also applies to child and adult caregivers who spend time with your family. We are asking parents to be extra cautious about sending a potentially sick child to Sholom Sprouts classes and Religious School/Youth events.
  • Hand Sanitizing: We have set up hand sanitizing stations at all temple entry points. We request that all people who enter use them—and also wash their hands frequently while in the building. 

Let’s work together to keep each other safe

The safety and health of our community and staff are our priority. Throughout our buildings, we are placing an extra emphasis on disinfecting. We are cleaning elevator buttons, door handles, and bathrooms more frequently. Our public spaces, classrooms, and offices are also receiving extra daily cleaning.

Precaution is the best way to limit the spread Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, and keep each other safe from infection. Please do the following:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve (into the bend of your elbow).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, or at least wash/sterilize your hands before you do.
  • If you are at an event that serves food, be mindful. Do not cough or sneeze near the food. Do not handle food directly; use utensils when moving food to your plate.
  • Get your flu shot—it’s never too late! This will not protect you from COVID-19, but it will protect you from the flu, which could exacerbate any other illness you may have, and/or weaken your immune system overall.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms, travel history, and if you’ve had contact with people who are sick.

We are watching:

CDC Travel Health Notices: If you or a member of your family have been to or been in contact with anyone who has visited countries on the Warning or Alert levels list, we ask that you DO NOT come to the temple for 14 days, which is considered the timespan for the COVID-19 incubation period. 

NYC Health:  Congregation Rodeph Sholom will follow all NYC Department of Health guidelines and recommendations regarding COVID-19.

This video from the World Health Organization:

CRS Livestream

The CRS livestream offers everyone the opportunity to join the community remotely for Shabbat services. If you need help accessing the livestream, or wish to borrow a siddur, please email