Serving Hudson County’s Progressive Jewish Community for Over 150 Years

Temple Beth-El News, COVID Safety and You


Out of an abundance of caution and due to the recent uptick of local Covid cases, we have reinstated our sanctuary masking policy during services.

Please watch our Weekly for when we can revert to mask optional for vaccinated folks.

Please send a photo of your documentation to Neither masks nor vaccines are required for children under 5.

Temple Beth-El policy on Covid-19 vaccinations

Temple Beth-El strongly recommends that all eligible people be vaccinated against Covid-19. We believe that vaccination against Covid-19 is a powerful manifestation of Judaism’s commandment of pikuach nefesh, the preservation of life. To that end, and to reduce the risk of Covid-19 to those members of our community who are immuno-compromised or too young to be vaccinated, we have established the following policy:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals ages 12 and up are welcome to attend all in-person events at Temple Beth-El. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times while indoors. Attendees at certain larger indoor events, such as services held to commemorate b’nai mitzvot and major holidays as well as First Friday family Shabbat services, will be asked to prove that they are vaccinated, either by providing a copy of a vaccine certificate during pre-registration or by showing a copy of a vaccine certificate when entering the event.
  • Unvaccinated individuals ages 12 and up may not attend indoor events at Temple Beth-El, including services held to commemorate b’nai mitzvot or major holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Chanukah, Purim, and Pesach. Instead, we invite unvaccinated adults to join us virtually via Temple Beth-El’s YouTube channel, where we livestream most events taking place in our sanctuary. Unvaccinated adults are welcome to attend all outdoor events. (Note: Unvaccinated students ages 12 and 13 enrolled in our religious school may attend in-person classes while wearing masks over their mouth and nose at all times, but are otherwise subject to the policy governing unvaccinated adults.)
  • Unvaccinated children under age 12 are welcome to attend all in-person events at Temple Beth-El. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times while indoors.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received either the second shot in a two-dose vaccine regimen (such as the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) or the single shot of a one-dose vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Students in Temple Beth-El’s religious school are expected to abide by this policy including by ensuring that they wear a mask over their mouth and nose at all times while indoors. Because the religious school’s Code of Conduct requires students to abide by Temple rules, any deviation from this policy is also a violation of the Code of Conduct and disciplinary consequences may result.

Temple Beth-El will continue to monitor both the prevalence of Covid in our community, the availability of Covid vaccines to different populations in our community, and the relative levels of FDA approval of Covid vaccines for each population, and we expect that these policies will change as the circumstances evolve.


Temple Beth-El policy on attendance at in-person events after developing potential symptoms of Covid-19

Symptoms of Covid-19 often overlap with those of causes that are less concerning, such as allergies or the common cold. It can, therefore, be difficult to assess from symptoms alone whether a person has developed Covid-19 or something else.

In order to keep our community safe, we have set out the following policy for instances in which a person develops symptoms that could be indicative of Covid-19:

Any person who develops either

  • At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measurable or subjective), chills, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose, or
  • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, or new taste disorder

Must not attend any in-person events at Temple Beth-El until either:

  • they have obtained a negative result on a laboratory PCR test for Covid-19 or
  • at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms began and 24 hours have passed since their fever resolved without use of fever-reducing medication.

(For people with chronic illnesses, only new symptoms or symptoms worse than their ordinary baseline should be considered. Temple Beth-El asks that individuals with chronic illnesses provide documentation from their medical professional attesting to their chronic illness, such as a note or an allergy action plan, and explaining the manner in which that chronic illness ordinarily manifests itself and the ordinary baseline for symptoms.)

Temple Beth-El will continue to monitor the prevalence of Covid in our community, and this policy may change as the circumstances evolve.

* * * * *


Temple Beth-El Is Supporting Health and Community Spirit during COVID-19

Our hearts ached to be together again, back to the lives and community we enjoy. We are delighted to be transitioning back into our building. However, many are still working partially from home. Our phones and emails are up and running. To access the building, please email Bob Kahan, our office manager at to coordinate access.

Shabbat Services

Rest for the body. Refreshment for the soul. Nourishment for the spirit. Healing for the heart. Inspiration for life.

Friday Evening – Kabbalat Shabbat

All of our services are now in person. Weather permitting, our First Friday services will be held outdoors and will not be Zoomed or YouTubed at 6.30. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn from 6pm. All other Kabbalat Shabbat services in the month will be held in our sanctuary at 8pm for fully-vaccinated and masked people. Those services will be live-streamed over YouTube. Please check our website for updated, accurate information.

Our Pot Luck Dinners are suspended until further notice.

Newcomers and visitors of any religious backgrounds are still always welcome.

Shabbat Shalom and we hope to see you soon.

Saturday Morning – Study and Prayer

All Shabbat morning services are suspended until further notice. Watch the calendar for our monthly outdoor Tot Shabbat services.

Prayers For Healing

If you or a loved one are ill and would like to be added to our misheberach l’cholim list (prayer for healing), please let Rabbi Moritt know at

We are happy to pray for the healing of body, spirit, psyche and relationship of anyone of any religion. Please include the Hebrew name of the person/people in your prayers (if known) and your phone number so we can be in touch. As eager as we are to pray for your healing, we are especially happy when we can take you off the list, fully restored. Please remember to let us know that, too.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring

All bar/bat mitzvah tutoring will continue as scheduled via Zoom until further notice. Download the program from if you have not already. For tutoring with Rabbi Moritt, click this link in your browser. If you need to use the phone instead, call (929) 205-6099; meeting ID: 848 568 733.

To reach Morah Marian Kleinman email

Please remember Rabbi Moritt and  Morah Marian  schedule their meetings independently. If you need to reschedule or make an appointment, reach out to them by email.

Pikuach Nefesh (the preservation of human life) is hands-down, the most important value in Judaism. Temple Beth-El still takes this virus very seriously and has made the following adjustments in our programming. We hope you will stay connected with us each and every step of the way as we bond together as a congregation as follows:

* * * * *

Rabbi Moritt joins other members of Jersey City clergy in this video supporting Covid-19 Vaccinations and in honor of all who have suffered and all who have helped during this unprecedented time. See Video.

* * * * *


Keep in Touch

Keep in touch with our latest community news, events and opportunities. Changes to your contact information? Send us an update.

Newsletter Join Our Mailing List

Give Online

Honor someone with a tribute donation.

Donate Now

Shabbat Information