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OSTNS Reopening

Update as of 10/13/2021:

Beginning on October 23, 2021, Shabbat morning davening will return inside with the following protocols in effect during this phase of re-opening:

- All attendees over 2 years-old must be masked, except for a vaccinated baal tefillah (prayer leader), baal koreh (Torah or haftarah reader), or darshan/darshanit who is actively speaking or chanting.
- Maximum capacity in the main shul is 225 people, including numbers of unvaccinated children.  We will be required to enforce this limit to ensure the community’s safety. 
- Family units should remain together in shul, and distanced from other family units. 
- Attendees may not consume food while in shul, or engage in other activities requiring removal of their masks. 
- The above standards will apply to private s'machot held in shul as well.  

For outdoor services, the protocols are as follows:  
- Seats in the tent are set up to allow maximum participation per public health guidelines.
- Masking is required for those who are unvaccinated. Masking is optional for those who are vaccinated. Parents attending tot shabbat should wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
- Unvaccinated children who will participate in tefillah are invited to sit with their parents and must be masked at all times while under the tent.

Registration: It is no longer necessary to register for services in advance. In the unlikely event there is a case of Covid in our community of someone who has attended services, we believe that there is a robust communication network/list serves that will enable us to get the word out and alert people.

We will continue to provide Zoom access to all non-Shabbat services. If you have any comments or questions about the task force or reopening plan more generally, please email

To access the OSTNS Virtual Community on Zoom, please click below:

Thu, December 2 2021 28 Kislev 5782