COVID-19 Precautions at CSZ

COVID-19 Precautions at CSZ

CSZ is COVID-19 Safe

COVID-19 has had a major impact on every aspect of life, and congregational life is no exception. At Congregation Shaarey Zedek, we believe that Jewish community thrives best when we come together in person to celebrate, to pray, to console, and to connect. Our COVID-19 protocols are designed to support vibrant, in-person community, and our streaming allows those who can’t physically be here to participate as fully as possible.

Our highest priority is protecting life and health. With the advice of our expert medical advisory committee, we have navigated the tumultuous pandemic period with these principles in mind.

Currently, we are engaging fully in person with the following mandatory rules:

  • Because we care about and respect those who are unable to be vaccinated, the immune-compromised, and our elders, wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth is required while inside the synagogue building. The only exceptions are:
    • When eating or drinking, which also requires distancing at least six feet from anyone outside your immediate household.
    • For those age two and younger, who are unable to wear a mask.
    • For those participating in service leadership on the Bimah.
  • It is required that anyone feeling ill or exhibiting any symptoms must not enter the building or attend any CSZ activities in person.

At all CSZ services and programs, we make it possible for anyone who wishes to maintain physical distancing to be able to do so.

We strongly encourage everyone eligible to become fully vaccinated, and to receive a booster as appropriate. The vaccines are highly-effective, and almost everyone eligible in our CSZ family has already been vaccinated.

As a respectful community, we are committed to accepting those who have different risk perceptions than our own. Everyone should feel comfortable fully engaging at CSZ. In support of this, please consider wearing a colored wristband (available outside of the Sanctuary) to indicate your personal comfort level:

  • Red wristband – please keep a distance of at least six feet. No touching.
  • Yellow wristband – Fist and elbow bumps are okay, but no handshakes, kissing or hugging, please.
  • Green wristband – Hugs and kisses are okay, but keep your mask on at all times.

Many thanks to the physicians on our medical advisory group for their time and guidance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our policies, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Robert Rich HERE, or at 248.357.5544.


Susan Kozik Klein, Congregation Shaarey Zedek President
Rabbi Aaron Starr
Rabbi Yonatan Dahlen
Hazzan David Propis
Saul Rube
Dr. Robert Rich, Executive Director