Dear Adas Community - 

It is with gratitude that we write to share some significant updates regarding our building plans and procedures at Adas Israel. As we head into the summer months, we look to our future together with renewed optimism, as we navigate a return to what we once considered “normal.” 

In light of extremely successful vaccination efforts, the Mayor’s lifting of restrictions, and the CDC’s latest guidance, we are excited to report a material lifting of restrictions at Adas beginning next week.

Effective Saturday, June 12:


  • Shabbat services will be fully open to the community with no advance registration required. All are welcome. This includes both the Clergy-led service in the Charles E. Smith Sanctuary and the TEM in Kay Hall. We encourage participants to maintain a mindful distance between households, and seating arrangements will be designed to encourage distancing for those who would prefer it. The services will also remain available via livestream. 

  • For the time being, masks will be required for all indoor Shabbat services and community gatherings, for all attendees.

  • For those who are fully vaccinated, masks will not be required for outdoor Shabbat services and community gatherings. While we will not require proof of vaccination, we do expect those who are not fully vaccinated to wear masks while visiting Adas Israel. 

  • For the time being, we will not host a community kiddush following services.

During the week:

  • The building will be open on a day-to-day basis and operating on a somewhat typical 9-5 schedule. The community is welcome to visit the building without an appointment during the week, though we will ask visitors to remain mindful about building usage, and to wear masks while indoors. 

  • All committee meetings, classes, and other small group gatherings will continue over Zoom through the summer months.

Daily Minyan

  • The Daily Minyan will be held in the Gewirz Beit Am on Sunday, Monday and Thursday mornings, and will continue to be available virtually as well. All are welcome. All other daily minyanim will be held via Zoom for the time being.

We are monumentally grateful for the tireless efforts of the world’s healthcare professionals and scientists who have brought us to this moment through the vaccination program. We encourage everyone in our community who is eligible to please get vaccinated as soon as humanly possible. Our gratitude extends to our own Medical Task Force, who helped get us to this day.

As a community, we are each processing this moment in our own way. These are big steps, and we encourage everyone at Adas to make personal decisions for themselves and their families at a pace and in a manner that is comfortable for them. It is of the utmost importance that we, as a community, remain mindful and compassionate with each other's personal preferences, experiences, and boundaries as we navigate such a significant resumption of in-person activities. Please abide by the remaining health and safety restrictions and respect your fellow community member’s personal decisions as you again share physical space. The last fifteen months have taught us many lessons, including ways to mitigate spread of illness of all kinds. With that in mind, if you or your children are not well for any reason, please stay home and avail yourself of our livestream. 

In the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing additional updates, including exciting plans for a robust onsite High Holy Day experience, and a return to in-person learning in our Gan and Religious School.

With Immense Gratitude,

Laurie Aladjem, Synagogue President 
Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt & Aaron Alexander



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