September 2, 2020​

Gradual Return to Services Guidelines Temple Moses Miami Beach

Please note that the plans and details below are subject to change should new or updated information and/or guidance become available.

G-d willing we are opening our sanctuary for Shabbat morning service under the guidelines listed here. We are very aware that these guidelines are not easy and the experience we are used to at Temple will not be exactly the same. At the same time, we are also all very aware of the challenges we face now and for the need to be vigilant and cautious. We hope these extra precautions will help us provide a more secure environment to allow our services to start again.

Who will be attending services?

In the beginning stages of return, we will limit minyan attendance to 40 men and 10 women. This is based on the measure capacity of our sanctuary with social distancing of 6+ feet, as recommended by medical and halachic authorities and as a gradual faze in until we expand for the holidays.

All minyan attendees will be required to affirm that they are cautiously abiding by all relevant CDC guidelines and local restrictions - especially including careful practice of social distancing and mask usage - regardless of the location or social situation in which they have been.

Attendance will also be initially limited to local community members only; thus, out of town attendees will not be permitted to join in this initial phase.

In addition, while children and families play a vital role in our community, only those over the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah will be permitted in the building at this time.

We look forward to the time when we can once again bring our entire community - young and old, locals and guests - together under one roof, b’smachot.

Who will not be able to attend minyan?

Temple Moses strives to be as open and welcoming as possible to those seeking a spiritual home. However, in these tumultuous times, we must take the proper health precautions to ensure our collective wellbeing. At this time, minyan registration will be prohibited for individuals for whom any of the following apply:

● Anyone who is symptomatic according to CDC guidance and definition

● Anyone who has been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days (this does not apply to frontline healthcare workers who are equipped with proper PPE per CDC guidelines)

● Anyone who has been exposed to someone currently awaiting test results for COVID-19 in the past 14 days

All minyan attendees will be required to agree to these conditions and restrictions during the registration and sign-up process.

What about higher-risk individuals?

Temple Moses strives to be as open and welcoming as possible to those seeking a spiritual home. However, in these tumultuous times, we feel a responsibility to our collective community, and therefore strongly discourage attendance by anyone who meets any one of the following conditions:

● You have underlying health conditions or are otherwise considered high-risk for COVID-19 (e.g. have diabetes, heart, kidney, lung, or liver disease, etc.)

● You are 65 years old or older

● You are in any way immunocompromised

Should you still wish to attend minyan, you will be required during the registration process to acknowledge that you are aware of any risks and the Temple’s discouragement.

How can I sign up to attend initial minyanim?

At this time, in order to safeguard the health and safety of those entering, minyan attendance will require pre-registration in advance of a scheduled service, and no “walk-ins” will be permitted.

The minyan registration form can be found by going to and will need to be filled out on a weekly basis by no later than 10am Friday morning before that week’s Shabbat service.

Please also note that submission of the minyan registration form does not guarantee a space in the minyan, and individuals are requested to wait for confirmation from the office before attending a scheduled minyan.

What protocols and changes can I expect while attending a minyan?

To facilitate the safest and most medically comfortable environment for all, we insist that while on Temple premises, attendees abide by additional safety protocols, including:

Pre-registering for minyan to guarantee admittance for services

Arriving on-time (if not a few minutes before) for minyan

Sitting in designated seats that have been measured to have appropriate physical distance from one another

● Maintaining maximum physical distance between individuals at all times, including all forms of physical contact (such as handshakes, hugs, or kisses)

● Maintaining maximum physical distance when entering or exiting the Temple, including following any posted traffic signage

Wearing an enclosed face mask at all times (no ventilator masks or face-shields - as per CDC guidelines)

Using your own siddur and tallet brought from home (Temple-owned communal copies of Chumash will be available with separate pick up and drop off places)

Sanitizing your hands with provided hand sanitizer upon entry, after touching a high-touch surface (such as a doorknob or hand railing), using the restroom, or after coughing, sneezing, or touching your face

Avoiding congregating before, during, and after services, including when waiting to enter the building

Remembering to take all of your belongings with you (There should be no items left behind to allow for proper sanitizing of sanctuary)

The shul restrooms will not be cleaned between each use, so attendees are encouraged to use the restroom before attending minyan. In the event of need, users are required to maintain limited occupancy and sanitize their hands accordingly after use.

All services will be held in Main Sanctuary to allow for the appropriate social distancing. Small Synagogue (“Kal Chica”) and other spaces on the main floor, as well as Kid’s Kal Room and Ballroom will be closed for everyone’s safety.

What changes can I expect to the service itself when we return?

The following adjustments will be made to Services to limit the exposure of attendees while inside the building:

● Only two individuals will be permitted on the Tevah at one time. This applies to gabbaim as well who will conduct their duties from a safe distance.

SERVICES WILL BE A MAXIMUM OF TWO HOURS from 9:00am to 11:00am. We will have a pre-service starting at 8:30am for korbanot and opening Zemirot.

We will NOT wait for a minyan. If we get up to the part where we need minyan we will continue on with or without minyan.

We will NOT announce all the names of the Cholim (those who need healing) out loud. We will take a pause and everyone can say the name to themselves and the clergy will read any names submitted to the office for our cholim list quietly.

We will NOT sing the ‘Bendicho’ out loud responsively but rather the Rabbi will read the hebrew/aramic version out loud for the kahal.

● There will be no dersha/sermon, announcements, and very limited communal singing in the service. The Rabbi will give a few short explanations in between aliyot.

● We will conduct the tefillah expeditiously with limited hazanut/singing and with the goal of limiting the amount of time spent indoors.

We will NOT walk around with the Torah in an extended fashion. Rather the Torah will be taken to the Tevah in the fastest and shortest route and returned so as well.

We will NOT be adding aliyot on Shabbat. We will have 7 plus the Maftir.


● The Kiddush blessing will be said by the Rabbi from the Pulpit at the end of services IN THE SANCTUARY.

● There will be no small Kiddush cups, only main cup for Rabbi.

● If sponsored, Temple Moses will provide 8oz water bottles, granola bars, potato chips and/or other single packed snacks as available. There will only be tables in the lobby to accommodate these snacks on the way out of the building.

● There will be NO social kiddush and No chairs in the lobby.

Kiddush sponsorship package = $100

OTHER FOOD – We will not be providing other snacks nor will we provide water or coffee/tea as we used to do in the lobby. Everyone must bring their own water bottle.

What additional steps is Temple taking to sanitize and limit transmission?

In addition to adjusting our own behavior, we are also taking steps to sanitize our facility and maximize our attempt to reduce possible transmission among minyan-goers:

● After each minyan, high-touch areas will be cleaned using EPA-approved cleaner(s).

● Our HVAC system is set to continually provide fresh outdoor air while also filtering indoor air through high-efficiency filters to reduce any airborne droplets.

● Several hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the building for frequent use by those attending minyan.

How will this plan be executed and who’s in charge?

Our maintenance staff and any volunteers we assign will be in charge of coordinating entrance and exit procedures, as well as ensuring that all safety protocols are maintained. Attendees are asked to please cooperate and follow any guidance given, including following any traffic signage or instruction from the designated minyan coordinator.

While we realize that these measures may be onerous, the health and safety of all attendees is of paramount importance. Non-compliance with any of the above may result in the immediate suspension of the minyan in progress, and potential loss of opportunity to attend future minyanim.

We pray that we continue on this path towards full resumption of our communal life, and that G-d grant our community – among the many communities around the world in similar circumstances – the merit of joining together again in prayer, celebration, and community.