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COVID 19 Guidelines

for in person services



1. All rules pertaining to cold/flu symptoms apply as before.

2.   Until further notice, everyone, regardless of vaccine status, should wear a mask while in the EB facility.   Babies and toddlers are exempt, children are not.  Those who are unvaccinated should also wear a mask while outside, but still on Ezra Bessaroth property.    


COVID POLICY REVISED  9/1/21 due to data addressed below and the emergence of the Delta Variant. 


  • Vaccinated attendees with immunity effecting medical conditions should use their discretion when deciding whether to attend services, and should socially distance.  

  • All attendees should be aware that as of today 65% of King County residents are fully vaccinated and thus 35% are not. Attendees should not assume that any institution's (including our) numbers are significantly different. If you have an immunity effecting medical condition, we encourage you to address this issue with your medical consultants as you may be in the presence of unvaccinated attendees. 


3. Fully vaccinated attendees need not refrain from attending services after domestic flights.


4.  A non-vaccinated domestic flyer can attend services if he/she tests negative three days or more after arriving in Seattle and waits seven more days for an absence of symptoms. If you have flown domestically and haven’t tested negative for Covid as outlined above, you must refrain from attending services for two weeks, and can then attend if no cold/flu symptoms emerge in that two week period.


5.  Non-fully vaccinated attendees who have flown internationally, must refrain from attending services for two weeks, and can attend if no cold/flu symptoms emerge in that two week period.


6. These rules pertain to everyone regardless of age.


7. Drinks (kiddush style) are allowed in individual cups. The more trays and spacing/separation, the better.


8. Food in prepared food boxes (Purim style) or bags is allowed.


9. The food and drink can be consumed on site as long as attendees social distance.



Anyone displaying possible symptoms of Covid-19 including but not limited to:  Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell or other symptoms as may be found at may not attend.   Also, anyone without these specific symptoms but who does not feel well may not attend.

If one has been infected with COVID-19 or has self-quarantined because of exposure to an individual infected or suspected to have been infected with COVID-19, she/he must be symptom free for at least two weeks in order to attend.


  • Wash your hands before leaving home.

  • All attendees must be socially distanced at least three feet apart.    All attendees (with the exception of babies and toddlers) must wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.    


Restroom use:    Social distance must be maintained in the restrooms as well.   Bathroom use – limited to two people at a time in the bathroom.   Hands are to be washed thoroughly (proper handwashing procedures posted in our restrooms already) and door is to be opened using a paper towel or glove to exit the bathroom.    

Social distancing must be maintained throughout the service as well as before and after.  This includes the Torah service, for which procedures will be explained at the time of services. 

Immediately notify the synagogue office ( or 206-722-5500)  if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms/concerns. Do not wait for more formal medical consultation and/or testing for confirmation. Do not attend any minyanim at Ezra Bessaroth until the symptoms and concerns are resolved, as determined by a competent medical professional.


The issue of attendance has been addressed in our literature and others’ guidelines. We encourage you to adjudicate in your own mind and after consultation with medical professionals if on site services attendance is prudent on your part.


You acknowledge that you are attending all services at your own risk


These policies were created after consultation with EB members who are medical professionals and after reviewing other institutions'  policies.

Failure to follow the procedures outlined here will result in an attendee being asked to leave.

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