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Reopening Committee Message

Dear friends,
The Re-Opening Task Force of Congregation Rodef Sholom met on March 18, 2021 to act on the following:
  • Members discussed recent changes to guidelines from the CDC and the state of Ohio as well as the changing impact of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and access to vaccinations in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Using the information gathered, the committee then reviewed and amended the phased reopening plan to reflect the current situation.
  • Based on the data, the building Re-opening Task Force determined that the temple can safely transition from Phase 1 into a Phase 2 re-opening of the building.  All Phase 1 in-person guidelines for staff, workers, and volunteers in terms of safety protocols remain in place for everyone who enters the building. 
The members of the Re-opening Committee moved to enthusiastically recommend April 17, 2021 as the official re-opening date for Congregation Rodef Sholom; we would be reopening under ‘Phase 2.’ (Following Board Approval on April 14, 2021)
In Phase 2, in-person lifecycle events, meetings, and Shabbat Services can resume with certain restrictions (see enclosed guide).  Attendance is limited to 36 people and registration is required. Zoom services will also continue- in the hybrid fashion.
Reservations for Shabbat services must be made weekly and can be done by calling the temple office (330) 744-5001 or visiting:
Look for more detailed information to come in the next month on the temple’s Phased Re-Opening Plan and please contact your committee with any questions or concerns.
Samie Winick, Re-Opening Task Force Chair
Aaron Hively, President
Sarah Wilschek, Executive Director
Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig, Interim Rabbi

Reopening Phases

Phase One: 
  • The building opens to employees – encourage remote work plans when possible
  • Masks, social distancing, sanitizing stations, temperature checks, cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place, address ventilation issues, install plexiglass and signage, use a building entry log and screening questions
  • Option to begin outdoor, socially distant services/ events.
  • Life cycle events postponed or virtual only. Exceptions may be made for outdoor services with appropriate guidelines.
  • Graveside funerals limited to ten people (inclusive of clergy); Shiva is remote
Phase Two: 
  • Building open to employees and visitors. Any staff can choose to work remotely when possible and applicable.
  • Use pre-registration and appointments to limit the number of people inside, meetings can be held in person following all guidelines.
  • Weekly Shabbat Services and lifecycle events can be held in person in the Sanctuary. Limited capacity set to 36.
  • Follow screening guidelines, masks, social distancing protocols (refer to phase 1 guidelines)
  • Graveside funerals limited to 36 people; Shiva is remote.


Phase Three: 
  • Building open to employees and visitors with numbers increasing for services, programs, meetings, etc.
  • Maintain social distancing, masks, cleaning, etc.
  • Catering services resume following proper safety guidelines.
  • Attendance restrictions increase (30% capacity) based on use in each room. Pre-registration highly suggested.
  • Events and gatherings, during phase three, will be evaluated based on CDC guidelines.
Phase Four: 
  • To be determined based on CDC guidelines.
Fri, September 17 2021 11 Tishrei 5782