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Kol Rinah is Committed to Safety

Our recommendations are based on national and local guidelines, the advice of our own medical experts and our Jewish values of saving a life, not endangering a life, meeting this extraordinary moment with wisdom, being responsible for each other and kindness.
These recommendation are based on what we know now. As the experts learn more about COVID -19 and the infection rate in our community changes, we will adjust the recommendations as needed and communicate the changes to the congregation.
Kol Rinah COVID-19 Protocols
Updated January 14, 2022
Less fear, more caution. “The takeaway,” says MIT Medical Director Cecilia Stuopis, “is that our individual risk is small, but our collective responsibility is great. In other words, while we are well-protected by vaccination, to keep our community safe, we need to be willing to add additional layers of protection for now — masking indoors, distancing, and avoiding risky situations. The virus isn’t going away, and we can’t control how it will evolve, but we can control how we respond, and that can change the course of the pandemic.”
The following are Kol Rinah’s updated protocols and safety requirements to keep our members, guests, and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the rapid changes in the spread of the virus these protocols are subject to change at any time. Please check the website ( or call the office (314-727-1747) if you have questions or concerns.
  • Shabbat – morning and evening services, RSVP on the website or by calling the office.
  • Capacity of the Sanctuary is 20. Seating is not assigned, household units must social distance from each other.
  • A Greeter will be at the door during Shabbat for entry to services at any time.
  • Vaccinations:
    •  Provide proof of full vaccination for anyone 12 and older.
    • Using the CDC recommendation as a guide, our definition of fully vaccinated is:
      • Pfizer & Moderna; 2 primary doses and a booster if more than 6 months after the second dose.
      • Johnson & Johnson; 1 primary dose and a booster if more than 2 months after the primary dose.
      • With the primary doses you are fully vaccinated until the recommended time to get the booster.
      • Proof may be uploaded through the website, e-mailed to the office ( or shown at check in. If you arrive without having submitted the required proof and do not have a paper copy to present at check in, you will not be allowed in the building.
      • Proof of a negative test is no longer allowed in lieu of full vaccination.
  • Live Stream - Participation of Shabbat services is multi-access. You may participate with the live stream from home. Link to the live stream are on the website homepage.
  • Children 5 - 11, vaccination is strongly preferred.
  • B’nai Mitzvah
    • If the child becoming a b’nai mitzvah and their parents are fully vaccinated, they may remove their masks during their speeches.
    • Attendance at Shabbat services that include a b’nai mitzvah is for the family's invited guests first, then for the Kol Rinah community at large.
    • Bnai Mitzvah guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated as noted above.
    • B'nai mitzvah families may sponsor a kiddush.  
  • Masks
    • Approved masks are N95, KN95, KF94 or equivalent.
    • Single layer cotton masks are not allowed. A cotton mask layered over another mask is allowed.
    • Required for anyone 3 years and older.
    • Must fit securely and must be worn covering the nose, mouth, and chin with no gaps along the edges.
    • Masks must be worn indoors and outside. Anyone not properly wearing a mask will be asked to do so and anyone that does not comply will be asked to leave. Face shields without a mask do not comply with this protective requirement. This applies to members, visitors, and staff.
If you do not feel well please stay home.
  • Symptoms - People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
Typically, vaccinated people are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms. Their symptoms are more like those of a common cold, such as cough, fever, or headache, with the addition of significant loss of smell.
If you are not feeling well, please stay home and join us virtually.
  • Risk - The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe disease, but they are not 100% effective, and some fully vaccinated people will get breakthrough illnesses.
Everyone should assess their own risk of severe illness, which is known to increase with age or in the presence of chronic conditions. If you have questions about your individual risk, please contact your healthcare provider.
  • Meetings - strongly encourage that all meetings are online. Contact the office if an in-person meeting is preferred.
  • Special use and Life Cycle Events, please contact the office to discuss specific arrangements.

COVID-19 Forms

These forms must be completed before you can enter either building.

Kol Rinah Waiver, Release, Covenant Not to Sue, and Indemnity Agreement
This form only needs to be filled out once a year. Please print, sign and send it to Kol Rinah.
Your Vaccination information will be held securely.


COVID-19 Safety in KoREH

Our Kol Rinah Education Hub (KoREH) leaders have been working throughout the summer to adapt and change our lessons and educational models to meet the needs of families during this pandemic. As of this writing, we are still planning to meet starting after the High Holidays in a largely modified format once a week, with smaller class pods to limit exposure, everyone masked and strict procedures governing our interactions. We are also supplementing our classroom learning with virtual 1-1 tutoring, as well as virtual learning, for any families who are unable to be with us in person for any reason.
We know any of these plans may need to change given new information over the next few months. We will continue to adapt together through the challenges ahead. Just as in any other year, your community is here for you, to nourish and guide you, to help and to hear you, to sustain you and to enable you to reach each new part of your journey.


COVID-19 Safety at the ECC

Dear KRECC families,
As we prepare to welcome everyone back to school and with the pandemic continuing to evolve, I wanted to remind you of the protocols and procedures we implement so that we can do our part to keep all of our children and staff as healthy and safe as possible.  
With the pandemic continuing to evolve, the ECC will continue to require all of its teachers to wear masks at all times when indoors.  Outdoors, teachers may discontinue wearing them so long as they can maintain proper social distance from other staff members and children of their class.  For children 3 years of age and older, it will be strongly recommended that masks be worn while inside, but not required.  Children will not be required to wear masks outdoors.  
Families will be encouraged to check temperatures at home before arriving at school and if a child has fever of 100.4 or higher they should remain home from school and consult their physician.  Children should also stay home if they have an ongoing cough, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, upset stomach, or overall just seem unwell and once again families should consult their physician.  All teachers will follow these same guidelines.
Fri, January 28 2022 26 Shevat 5782