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COVID-19 Protocols

Updated as of 5/19/2022

Given the currently high Covid transmission rate in NYC and the new recommendations of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, we strongly encourage you to wear a well-fitted, high-quality mask at this time in shul. During Kiddush, we also encourage you to mask when you are not eating or drinking. To be clear, as per current local, state, and federal guidelines, this is a strong recommendation, and not yet a requirement. We also hope, and have some confidence, that this recommendation will be a temporary one, only until the current transmission wave subsides. 

As you know, we strive to maintain a shul environment where all feel welcome, comfortable, and safe attending, and we  recognize that there is sometimes tension between these different values. We continue to trust our membership to make the right decisions for themselves and our community, as we all work to balance the different needs and concerns of our community. If you have any concerns, as always, we encourage you to reach out to express them.

We continue to be mindful of pandemic-related developments and will update you with any changes in our protocols should they be necessary.

All of our COVID vaccine policies continue to be in effect (see below). In addition, please continue to stay home if you are not feeling well. 

  • Masks are encouraged at DN events. People who wish to continue to mask in shul are encouraged to wear a well-fitting N95, KF94, KN95, or other NIOSH-approved, valveless respirator mask. 

  • Adults and children 5 and older MUST, If eligible, be fully vaccinated and boosted in order to attend indoor services and programming. 

  • Children ages 2 and older MUST remain under adult supervision. We have a vaccinated babysitter available indoors, and children’s and teen programming continues indoors. 

  • Children ages 0-2 years are welcome to join us indoors, but are expected to stay with their parents at all times.

  • If you are feeling ill, DO NOT come to shul.

  • If you or ANYONE in your household are under quarantine or isolation (such as due to possible exposure to someone with COVID-19), DO NOT come to shul.

  • If you test positive after attending DN services, please let us know at In our correspondence with others, we will maintain your anonymity. 

Regardless of the specifics to how this new surge is affecting you, if there is any way that a volunteer can help during this difficult time (picking up groceries, running errands, checking in with a phone call, delivering a challah, or something else), we and the members the Bikkur Cholim/Chesed Committee would really like to hear from you. We will get back to you as soon as possible with someone who can help.

Wishing you all the best,

Talia and Mikey, along with the Planning Committee:
Allie Alperovich
Dr. Lee Feinman
Eric Hecht
Dr. Dima Nemirof
Naomi Steinberger
Avi Zollman

Sat, September 23 2023 8 Tishrei 5784