Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus will begin the first phase of its reopening with limited in-person Shabbat services on April 10 and outdoor religious school classes on April 11.

A limited number of vaccinated congregants will have the option to attend Shabbat services in-person at Tifereth Israel on April 10 and April 24 as the synagogue begins to reopen. Services will also continue to be available via Zoom each week through May 1.

According to an April 5 email, a limited number of congregants can attend as long as they are vaccinated, masked and observe social distancing. Attendees must bring their vaccination cards and present them to synagogue staff or volunteers when asked.

During this phase, Shabbat morning services will be limited to 25% capacity or about 125 seats. If sign-ups exceed this limited capacity, attendance will be determined by random lottery with preference given to those observing yahrzeit that day or in the coming week and synagogue members. Individuals who did not register in advance will not be allowed to attend.

Unvaccinated children who can maintain proper mask-wearing and social distancing are also allowed to attend with parental supervision. Children under 2 years should wear masks only if they can do so.

Interested congregants must sign up by 5:30 p.m. on April 7 and will be notified by the evening of April 8 about whether they can attend. They can register at bit.ly/39IXh8J or by calling 614-928-3291.

The second phase of reopening will run from May 8 to June 12, with limited in-person services each week, along with joint Zoom and in-person services on May 15 for religious school commencement and Hebrew high school graduation, and Zoom-only services on May 29 and June 5.

The dates for phase 3, when Tifereth Israel will discontinue Zoom access, and phase 4, where there will be no restrictions on attendance, have yet to be determined.

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