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Sunday --------------- 8:15 AM

Monday - Friday ---- 7:00 AM

Mincha Maariv:

Right before and after Sunset  -- at the Young Israel all winter

(See this table for weekly winter Mincha Maariv times)

Shabbat (see weekly bulletin)

Moving forward, our Shabbat Sign Up will only open on Thursday. This will allow us to make an informed decision as to the weekend’s weather and allow to decide to plan for either an outdoor or indoor minyan. Our plan is to continue to utilize our outdoor minyan space for as long as possible – provided the forecast is above 45 F and does not call for precipitation. Please be sure to carefully read the time and location of the minyan, as it has the potential to change each week

Weekday minyan too will continue to operate outdoors, weather permitting. We ask that you please sign up in advance with the recognition that we will convene inside if weather conditions require.

New indoor guidelines & modifications are listed below and are available here. Additionally, revised outdoor guidelines can be accessed here. Please review and familiarize yourself with both of them!

We want to also highlight one additional, significant change, specifically. Due to physical distancing requirements, we have been forced to greatly reduce the number of usable seats when we are in the sanctuary. We can only seat 20 pods and roughly 30 individuals per service. To give as many people as possible the opportunity to daven in shul on Shabbat morning, we have added an overflow sign up. If enough people sign up in this section, then we will have a second shabbat morning minyan. We can only permit those who have signed up online, prior to services, to enter the building. By the same token, if you sign up – please be sure to come!

Indoor Minyan Guidelines

Rev. 10/29/2020

Moving our weekday & Shabbat minyan indoors has benefits and risks; we will enjoy a more comfortable venue that shields us from the elements, with a small decline in safety from COVID-19 exposure. Our default minyan space will still be outside, weather permitting (>45 F and no precipitation); please review our outdoor minyan guidelines here.

Please note that everyone must decide what makes sense for their own health. Our goal is to create the safest protocol we can for returning indoors while recognizing that we can never eliminate all risks.

1.Masks that cover both the nose and mouth must be worn at all times, before entering the building and during the entire time in the building.

a. Masks may not have valves.

b. Children 2 years old and above must remain in a mask with a parent at all times.

c. Children who are unable to remain masked by parent, unfortunately, should not be brought to Shul at this time.

d. Neither children nor adults may remove their masks to eat or                        drink while in the building.

2. Health/Travel - All attendees must be in good health. Anyone who meets any of the following conditions will NOT be allowed inside:

a. Illness for you or household members within the last 14 days

b. COVID-19 in yourself or close contact with person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days

c. Travel to a quarantine state (per current CT state guidelines), commercial airline travel or in a public gathering in a known COVID-19 hot-spot within the last 14 days

3. All minyan attendees must immediately notify Rabbi Brander or our COVID-19 Medical Task Force should they become ill or diagnosed with COVID-19. This information will remain anonymous but will be used to alert other minyan attendees of a potential COVID-19 positive contact. 

4. Online Signup - All attendees will be required to sign up for each minyan in advance; anyone not signed up will be asked to complete an information card for each minyan prior to entering the building; if a minyan is full, anyone who did not sign-up in advance, will not be admitted.

5.  Entry/Exit - Everyone must enter & exit the shul through the rear door, at the top of the ramp. The front doors and rear social hall door will remain locked.

6. Seating - There is a 10’ minimum between pods. Seating is only permitted in designated areas (pods). Seating in all other areas is not permitted. Please do not adjust seats, chairs or taped barriers.

7. Upon entering the sanctuary, everyone must go directly to their seats and remain there through davening – those wandering will be redirected to their seats.

8. The coat rooms will NOT be available for use at this time. Everyone should keep their coats, hats and rain gear by their seat.

9. Restrooms - Both bathrooms will be available for use. Please note that only one person may be downstairs at a time. There will be a “Bathroom in Use” sign in the main lobby, at the top of the stairs. Please turn the sign to the appropriate side when going to/returning from the bathroom.

10. When minyan is over, everyone should exit the building, maintaining at least 6 feet between people. 

11. The HVAC systems will be set to run and filter the air the entire time that people are in the building.

12.  The rear door and back windows will remain open to help maintain fresh air circulation – please leave them open.

Outdoor Minyan Guidelines

Rev. 10/29/2020

As the weather turns a bit wetter and colder, we have created plans to reenter our building and conduct abridged minyanim upstairs in the sanctuary. Please review those indoor minyan guidelines before attending here.

That said, at present, our default will still be our outdoor minyan space provided the weather cooperates – temperatures above 45 F and no precipitation. Below are our outdoor minyan guidelines.

General Minyan Guidelines: (PLEASE REVIEW)

  1. Masks that cover both the nose and mouth must be worn at all times, both in the parking lot/minyan space and any time in the building, including all children above the age of 2. (See #5 regarding bringing children)
    1. Masks with valves are not permitted.


  1. Proper physical distancing must be observed at all times.
    1. Each participant is asked to stand at the rear of his/her car during weekday minyanim or in their designated area.
    2. On Shabbat morning when chairs are put out, attendees are asked to sit in the smallest grouping of chairs that their party needs.
    3. Everyone is asked to please NOT move any of the chairs.

  1. To attend our outdoor minyan, one must:
  1. NOT be symptomatic as described by the CDC. Common symptoms include, but are not limited to: Cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever/chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell or feeling unwell.
  2. NOT have had COVID-19 while not yet being cleared by their doctor to leave home.
  3. NOT have a family member at home for whom #1 or #2 is true for. 
  4. NOT have traveled to a quarantine state (per CT State guidelines), on a commercial airliner or to a public gathering in a known COVID-19 hot-spot in the last 14 days.


  1. Furthermore, all minyan attendees must immediately notify Rabbi Brander or our COVID-19 Medical Task Force should they become ill or diagnosed with COVID-19. This information will remain anonymous but will be used to alert other minyan attendees of a potential COVID-19 positive contact. 


  1. Anyone who wants to join one of our minyanim must sign up online in advance. Please sign up if you wish to attend and please be sure to attend any minyan you signup for.
    1. It is imperative that all participants be punctual. There is little margin for error on anyone arriving late, and minyanim will immediately disband if there is no quorum.


  1. Children are welcomed to our outdoor minyan, provided that they can stay with the parents the entire time and not roam the parking lot or minyan space.


  1. Unfortunately, Chairs, siddurim or other items will not be provided. (On Shabbat chairs will be provided). Every attendee will need to bring their own.


  1. Entry into the building will be limited to use of the bathroom one person at a time.


  1. To ensure our communal safety, no private minyanim will be allowed. One who attends such a minyan will be barred from attending minyanim at the Young Israel.
Tue, March 9 2021 25 Adar 5781