Temple Sinai has entered the second phase of reopening its building for in-person worship services.
The southeast Denver Reform synagogue has been holding in-person Bar and Bat Mitzvah services since late May, as reported in the IJN.
On Shabbat, services have been held on Friday nights and Shabbat mornings since June 26 and 27.
Rabbi Rick Rheins told the IJN, “We are requiring registration and those who attend are screened for temperature and signs of compromised health. We have services for up to 50 people in the Zwerin Sanctuary and up to 35 in the Abrahams Family Chapel.”
Individuals or family members who live in the same house are separated by at least six feet in every direction in both the sanctuary and chapel.
Rabbi Rheins said, ‘It is wonderful to have our members and guests back for worship. Still, we are being cautious and observing the limitations and safety precautions that will keep most away until the pandemic is under control.
“Our livestream and Facebook broadcasts are attracting several hundred for services every week, but nothing can replace the glorious sound of friends singing and praying together; nothing can equal the spiritual warmth of the smiles, hugs and blessings from those who fill our synagogue. So, until we can get everyone back together, we’ll do the best we can.”
Temple Sinai’s services are also recorded for people to watch at their convenience.
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