Building Reopening

CBTBI will be opening its doors for Friday evening and Saturday morning services beginning July 3rd and 4th.  Below are the protocols to be followed for everybody’s health and safety.  We will not be reducing our online presence.  If you are not feeling well, or if you are more comfortable, please continue to join us from the comfort of your home.

As we contemplate reopening our doors, we hold fast to Jewish values.  We value:

  • Pikuah nefesh/ saving a life – safety and health of both staff and congregants, as well as the general public. The health, safety and security of our members and staff is our highest priority! 
  • Kol Yisrael arevim zeh l’zeh – We are all responsible for one another.

To those ends, we have put protocols in place to assure, as much as we can, a safe space when we open our doors.

We will adhere to NJ state and local guidelines with the advice from our medical professionals. Attendance will be limited, based on state-designated guidelines. 

We are committed to continuing our online presence when we open our physical doors.


Bring supplies — religious and sanitary — with you:

  • All congregants should bring their own Siddur, Chumash, tallit and kippah. If they do not have one, then they may borrow one from the synagogue to take back and forth for future services.
  • It is mandatory that everyone, except children under 2, wear a face covering while in the building. 

Before entering:

  • Anyone who has been out of the country or exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days should refrain from entering the synagogue.    
  • All those entering the building should adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Other than the individual opening the building, all those attending services will enter and exit the building via the sanctuary entrance. 
  • Before entering the building each person will have their temperature taken with a “no-contact thermometer” supplied by CBTBI. Anyone with a temperature above 99.5 will be asked to leave the building. 

While in the building:

  • All those entering the building should adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Attendees will be seated in alternate rows and spaced 6 feet apart. Seating areas will be marked on the pews.  Those in same household family units may sit together.
  • All attendees should refrain from shaking hands, hugging or kissing each other, or touching Mezuzah or Torah.
  • All attendees should use the lobby restrooms only.
  • We will not have a Kiddush. The kitchen and oneg room will not be opened. 
  • We ask all attendees to leave the building within 15 minutes after the conclusion of the service to enable the cleaning and disinfecting of the area. 

CBTBI will do our part:

  • We will notify the Washington Township police that we have resumed services. 
  • Common areas such as: door pulls, entry touch pads, handle bars, pews, podiums, seats, the viewing monitor and lobby restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each service.  
  • The drinking fountain in the lobby will not be in use. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the building.


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