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We now have one Zoom "Room" for all of our community events and classes.
For instructions on how to join by telephone, please see below.
Click Here to Join the Beth Israel Zoom Room

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Meeting ID: 702 107 3947
You can also join by starting the Zoom application and putting the Meeting ID in manually

easing into pHASE 2 - a slow return

June 30, 2020
To the Beth Israel Congregation:
Phase One of returning to Beth Israel’s core, that of holding daily and Shabbat minyanim began on May 28.   As stated in the congregational letter of May 22, the hope is to continually expand as experts advise it is safe to do so.  The plan for a slow, safe, and limited opening is continuing.

The decision has been made to now ease into Phase Two.  Below are the updated parameters related to attendance at services.  The items that have changed from Phase One are in bold print.
1.    Daily minyan, Shabbat, and holiday services will be limited to less than 25 people.
2.    The chapel is closed to everyone but Beth Israel staff and clergy.
3.    The kitchen is closed to everyone but Beth Israel staff and clergy.
4.    The social hall is closed to everyone but Beth Israel staff and clergy.
5.    Our experts recommend the following people do not attend services:
a.    Children 13 years of age and younger not recommended.  Children 13 years of age and younger may attend minyan, Shabbat, and holiday services beginning June 27.  They must remain with a parent at all times.
b.    those 70 years of age and over
c.    persons with compromised immune systems
d.    persons who have had a surgery within the last 
six months
e.    attendance is not recommended for those who have an immediate family member in their household who are at risk if infected
6.    If you have traveled outside of Douglas or Sarpy County within the last 14 days
7.    People will be required to sit six feet away from each other at all times. Seat locations will be marked and assigned.
8.    Everyone will be required to properly wear masks, at all times, while attending minyan, Shabbat or holiday services. 
9.    The Torah will be taken out, read, lifted, and aliyot be done by the same person.
10.    Everyone is to bring his/her own siddur and tallisim.  A siddur or tallit may also be borrowed from the shul and must then be taken home.
11.    Seats and davening spots will be sanitized daily.
12.    People will be allowed to daven however congregating or learning together before or after minyan will not be allowed.
13.    There will not be a kiddush after Shabbat or holiday services.
In all decisions, the health and safety of our congregants and community continues to be paramount. The potential consequences of not following the rules set forth above may result in the synagogue’s closure to prevent the jeopardizing of people’s health.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  These are unprecedented times and we know our Beth Israel family will continue to support one another and will grow from strength to strength. If you have any questions regarding minyan, please feel free to contact Rabbi Ari or Jeff Kirshenbam.

Sincerely,
Rabbi Ari Dembitzer, Senior Rabbi
Jeff Kirshenbaum, President

Welcome to Beth Israel 

A member of the OU - the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations - Beth Israel strives to perpetuate the legacy of Torah Judaism in the modern world and provide a home for those who wish to learn about and observe halacha, Jewish law. Beth Israel Synagogue welcomes all persons of the Jewish faith to join, and accepts the diversity of practice and thought among its members.

Beth Israel Beit Midrash (during normal operation)

Due to the ongoing restrictions due to the pandemic,
all happenings of the Beth Israel Beit Midrash
are taking place in the Beth Israel Zoom Room.
Please scroll to upper section of this page
for schedule and Zoom link information.   

Life and Legacy - Make your commitment today

How do you express your commitment to your community? How do you support the Jewish organizations that are important to you?  What can you do for future generations to ensure that they are well-served by the Jewish organizations you support?  You can leave a legacy.

Life & Legacy is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and coordinated in Omaha through the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation. Through Life & Legacy, Omahans are continuing to express their passion for sustaining the many Jewish programs and services by making a legacy commitment. The gift that you make today will ensure the financial stability of the Omaha Jewish community for generations to come. 

Please make your commitment to the future of Beth Israel Synagogue through the Life & Legacy program. For information on the Life & Legacy program, please contact the synagogue office at (402) 556-6288.   Additional information is also available on the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation's website by clicking here.

Todah Rabah to the generous Life & Legacy partners
committed to the future of Beth Israel Synagogue.

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