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Announcing The Kehilah of Riverdale Davening - this Shabbat at 8:30 am*

 

At the Kehilah of Riverdale, we are committed to working diligently and thoughtfully to balance our strong desire to come together as a shul, with the ever important health needs of our community and beyond.  We have been carefully watching the restart efforts of other groups through Phase 1.  Our plan has always been to err on the side of caution and restraint. 

As Governor Cuomo put Phase 2 in place at the start of this week, we believe that it is possible for us to begin to physically congregate this coming Shabbat morning.  We do so putting in place the necessary precautions and recommendations to minimize contact.

Please note the following details:

The service:

  • The Kehilah will be davening in our satellite location (where we have our sukkah).  Located in the back lawn of the home of: 
    Jessica and Chad Haller
    4503 Fieldston Rd., Bronx, NY 10471

  • There will be a separate entrance for the women’s and men’s sections (at the right and left side of the house respectively).

  • Davening will begin 30 minutes earlier at 8:30 am (to minimize davening in the heat of the day).  

  • We plan to have an abbreviated davening where tefilah will start at Barchu (please daven birkat haShachar and Pesukei d’zimra on your own).  

  • The ba’al Tefilah and ba’al Koreh will be more than 12 ft. away, wearing a mask.

  • The gabaim will call aliyot from their seats.

  • The aliyot will be done, taken one step forward, looking at the Torah and then reciting a Bracha.  Each person called up will ensure that they are at a safe 12 ft. distance from the ba’al korei after taking a step forward.

  • Hagbah and Gelilah will be performed by the ba’al korei.

  • The ba’al korei and ba’alei tefilah who hold the Torah, will do so with gloves on.

 

Protocols in place for those attending davening:

  • For the first week, we will be limiting attendance to 12 men and 12 women above the age of bar/bat mitzvah.

  • To sign up for a place in davening, please click here to fill out the form.

  • We request that anyone who is healthy and has not had known exposure to someone with Covid-19 feel comfortable coming.

  • Anyone can sign up regardless of membership.

  • Those who feel that they can sit or stand in a designated place or section are encouraged to sign up.

  • Chairs will be provided and will be wiped down prior to davening.

  • All attendees must wear masks (including Ba’al tefilah and Ba’al Kriyah)

  • We ask that everyone bring their own siddur and chumash.  If you don't own a siddur or chumash, please let us know and we can loan you one of the shul's for the time being.

  • Please bring your own Tallis.

  • Please bring a hat.

  • Please bring your own water bottle.

  • Please make sure to use the bathroom before davening.

  • There will be one bathroom available for emergency only.

  • After Tefilah, there will be no kiddush and no congregating.

  • The davening is weather dependent.  If it is raining, please plan on joining us the following week.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. As we have expressed before, we will continue to reevaluate the situation on a regular basis; we hope to be back to regular davening as soon as possible.

 

Looking forward to our davening together in a safe and meaningful way.

 

Kol tuv,

R’ Dina Najman, Rabbi

Jonathan Konovitch, President

 

*please note earlier davening time to ensure that davening takes place in a cooler climate.
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