FJC’s COVID Protocol

As NYC starts re-opening and CDC Guidelines continue to evolve, we continuously adapt our policies to respond to the changing needs of the FJC community.

FJC COVID Protocol

FJC is currently Mask optional. We ask that you continue to check in with your health and make decisions about attendance and masking that will contribute to the ongoing health and safety of our community.

If you test positive within 2 days of attending services at FJC. Contact us immediately so that we can send notification to the community.

Past Protocol (maintained for the historical record)

By attending in-person services with us, you are agreeing to the following social distancing guidelines:

  • Indoor Meals
    • Weather permitting, seating will be available outdoors for Kiddush and Luncheons
    • All adults over the age of 18 are required to be vaccinated in order to participate in indoor meals. Stop by the FJC office during the week to register your proof of vaccination. We will not be accepting email copies of vaccination cards at this time.
    • Vaccination of children is not required at this time.
    • All members of your party must pass the FJC Health Screening in order to attend services and indoor meals
  • Blended Indoor and Patio Service
    • Services will occur indoors (with doors and windows open to maximize ventilation) with families seated in socially distanced pods in the Main Sanctuary
    • A speaker will be set up on the FJC Patio for those who are unable to attend services indoors
    • Masks will be required for all participants aged 4 and older (individual plans may be made for mask intolerant children)
    • FJC Health Screening is required for all adult participants within 12 hours of the start of Shabbat or Yom Tov and prior to attending services
      • Families who are in attendance are attesting that their children are not part of a quarantined classroom or school closure due to COVID exposure
  • Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced for those participating in the in-person service
    • Stay home if you are feeling sick, if you believe you have been exposed to COVID or are awaiting COVID-19 test results
    • Wear a mask at all times while inside of the building
    • Remain in assigned family seating pod
    • Observe social distancing guidelines
  • Whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, if you have tested positive for COVID or have been identified as a close contact, you may not join us for in-person services (which would have flagged on the FJC Health Screening). The CDC’s definition of a “close contact” is being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24hr period.
    • In order to re-join our in-person services you must meet the criterion set by the CDC:
      • Remain home for the entirety of your mandated quarantine period (10 days) or isolation period (for close contacts)
      • (For asymptomatic close contacts) Obtain a negative result from a PCR test 5 days after exposure
      • Wear a mask in all in-person FJC settings (including outdoors) for 14 days after exposure
  • Cleaning and hand sanitizing protocols will occur throughout the time when people are in the building
  • Cleaning protocols will take place between services to ensure safety prior to the start of the next service
  • FJC will continue to be a kid friendly space. Children are welcome to attend services with their families.  We recognize that not all of our children will be able to remain in the sanctuary for the length of our service and we will have several areas throughout the building for them to be able to safely play. We will also strategically seat families with young children in areas in the sanctuary that will allow them space to be themselves
  • We also recognize that we have young children in our community who may be mask intolerant. We do not want that to be a barrier to their adults not being able to participate in services. Please reach out to us so that we can plan for your family’s participation.
  • In the unlikely event that we are unable to hold in-person services due to a change in COVID spread. Shabbat and/or Holiday services will revert to our blended virtual and outdoor service plan