CRS RE-OPENING UPDATES

(RE)TURNING TOGETHER

UPDATE ON RE-OPENING PLANS FOR CONGREGATION RODEPH SHOLOM

We are re-opening our building for in-person prayer and connections.

Our doors are once again open for Erev Shabbat and High Holy Day services. Members and non-members are welcome to attend, with pre-registration required. Please use the calendar to register for each service.

Services continue to stream on our website and Facebook page.

GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON EVENTS

We have set the following guidelines for in-person worship in consultation with our medical advisory team and Board. Developed for the safety of all, these guidelines may evolve over time:

Pre-registration is required to attend; you will receive a ticket that must be shown for entry.

Everyone who is eligible (12 years and older), must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.

If you are over 12 years old and medically unable to be vaccinated, please contact Gail Becker (gbecker@crsnyc.org) at least 3 days in advance of the service. You will need to submit a negative test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of the service.

Parents with children ages 2 to 11 must provide confirmation of a negative PCR COVID test for their child(ren), administered within 72 hours before entering the building. Children under age 2 do not need to be tested.

We recommend taking a photo of your official vaccination record card (front and back) with your smartphone or using the NYS Excelsior Pass – we do not need to see the actual card and will not keep a copy of it.

Vaccination Precheck: To expedite entry, show us your proof of of your fully vaccinated status in advance. Those who are designated as “CRS Precheck” will no longer need to show proof of vaccination upon entry. Learn more here.

Face masks and social distancing are required throughout the building.

We ask that you stay home if you are not feeling well.

PRECHECK ENTRY

To expedite entry to all indoor events, you can show us proof of your fully vaccinated status in advance. Then beginning July 30, when you attend Erev Shabbat and High Holy Day services and other CRS indoor events, you may show your CRS Precheck card to enter seamlessly.

How Precheck Entry Works:

1. CRS staff will need to verify your vaccination status:

We recommend taking a photo of your official vaccination record card (front and back) with your smartphone or using the NYS Excelsior Pass – we do not need to see the actual card and will not keep a copy of it.

The quickest way to verify your information is to drop by our Zoom “Office Hours” and show your proof of vaccination to a staff member.

Office hours are available as follows:

Mondays
September 20 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Tuesdays
September 14 | 8:00 – 10:00 am and 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Wednesdays
September 22| 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Fridays
September 17 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM

When it is time, click here to join Zoom “Office Hours”.

Note: When you join, you will be placed in the waiting room. If there are multiple people, it may take a few minutes for your turn. We appreciate your patience!

You can drop by CRS in person on these days between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm and show your proof of vaccination at the Security Desk:

  • Mon, Sep 13 – Tue, Sep 14

2. Once we verify your vaccine status, you can expect an email within three business days with your CRS Precheck Card.

3. You will need to show this card anytime you come to CRS – on your smartphone or bring a printout. You must still pre-register for all events. CRS Precheck is not a registration for an event. It is only intended to expedite your entry.

We appreciate your flexibility and feedback as we implement this new system. If you have any questions, please email info@crsnyc.org.

REOPENING SAFELY

For the last 15 months, this pandemic has affected all of us in profound ways. So, we want to ensure a healthy and happy return to our beloved Temple building for our CRS community – our congregants, staff, students, teachers, and clergy. With input from engineers and HVAC professionals, we made modifications and improvements with enhanced safety measures that include the following:

  • We installed MERV-13 filters in the Main Sanctuary, Schafler Forum, Hahn Chapel, North Tower, Fifth Floor, and Sixth Floor.
  • There are standalone air purifiers that use UV-C lighting, HEPA filters, and carbon filters in the Fifth Floor classrooms and open-office areas.
  • We installed fresh air dampers in several spaces to increase fresh air circulation in the Schafler Forum, Hahn Chapel, Schnurmacher Chapel, Eisner, and North Tower.
  • The Main Sanctuary has the capacity to have 100% fresh air supply and the power exhaust to remove air as well, making it a non-circulating ventilation system.

In addition, we are following rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout the building. We utilize electrostatic sprayers with a combination of sodium hydroxide for cleaning and hypochlorous acid for disinfecting. Hand sanitizer dispensers, toilet covers, and signage encouraging hand washing are posted throughout the building.

We have learned valuable lessons during this past year and we will continue to gather information so that our facilities are as safe as they can be. We appreciate your patience and tolerance as we navigate our new normal to make a safe return and be together again.

Upcoming Events

Click on an event below to register.

If you have any questions, email info@crsnyc.org.