375 Aberdeen Ave., Hamilton, ON L8P 2R7 | 905-522-1351 | office@bethjacobsynagogue.ca

COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols

(updated November 11, 2021)

Registration & Admission:

  • When you arrive at Beth Jacob, a greeter will welcome you and remind you to self-assess. 
  • Those who wish to attend must be symptom-free. If you do not feel well or exhibit any symptoms, stay home. Our greeter has been authorized refuse entry to any individual exhibiting symptoms. 
  • Any individual who is required by public health to be in quarantine or self isolation – due to a diagnosis of COVID-19, exposure to COVID-19, or travel – will not be allowed to attend services until completion of the full duration of the isolation period.
  • Any person not fully vaccinated (your second shot was received more than 14 days ago), regardless of the reason why, will not be permitted to attend at this time. This includes children under the age of 12 – with the exception of our monthly “mishpacha” services on Saturday afternoons (for more information on our mishpacha services, please contact aimee@bethjacobsynagogue.ca).
    Please know this vaccination policy is to ensure the safety of high-risk and immuno-compromised members attending our services. We encourage anyone who cannot attend in-person to join us on livestream instead. 

Service Information:

  • The door will only be open from 9:30 am – 9:45 am, so please ensure you arrive on time (or a little early, just in case). Entry is through the glass parking lot doors only. Please do not use the grey door, even if you have a FOB. 
  • The service will run from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in our Main Sanctuary
  • Where to sit: You may sit anywhere you like as long as you remain 2 metres / 6 feet from other individuals. “Bubbles” (ie. members of the same home) may sit together. 
  • Masks are required at all times while in the building with the exception of when you are behind a plexiglass barrier to recite a blessing or prayer. 
  • Ritual objects including tallitot and kippot should be brought from home. Beth Jacob tallitot and kippot will not be available to borrow.
  • Siddurim and Chumashim are available at Beth Jacob. We strongly encourage you to bring your own if you can. 

Building Protocols:

  • Social Distancing of six feet (two metre) is required in all spaces. We encourage you to greet and welcome fellow members, but to avoid shaking hands, hugging, or otherwise physically embracing. Families or “social bubbles” are encouraged to sit together.
  • Masks are required in all spaces at all times, including during services. While spare masks are available, we encourage you to bring your own reusable mask. 
  • Entry is through the glass parking lot doors only. 
  • Washrooms will be open and sanitized. We encourage you to only use the lower foyer washrooms closest to the stairs, rather than the “family washroom” or upstairs washrooms. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available and guests will be required to disinfect their hands upon entry to the building
  • Doors: As many doors as possible will be propped open to limit the need for touching these surfaces.
  • Loitering inside the building will not be permitted. Please enter and exit promptly, and shmooze outdoors.
  • Food: We have recently resumed offering kiddush food items, individually packaged. Masks may be removed while seated to enjoy food and beverage, however they need to be put back on prior to leaving the table. Outside food or beverages will not be permitted. 
  • Enforcement: These policies will be enforced by Beth Jacob staff and volunteers, and any person not cooperating will be asked to leave.