COVID-19 Information

This page provides the latest COVID vaccine information from New York State, Congregation Emanu-El’s COVID guidelines, and links to health screening forms for all visitors. Thank you for your commitment to Emanu-El and to keeping everyone safe.

In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines, congregants who are fully vaccinated* may now attend outdoor temple events mask-free with no social distancing requirements. Anyone who prefers to wear a mask outdoors is welcome and encouraged to do so. Our policies regarding indoor lifecycle events remain unchanged. If you are not fully vaccinated*, please continue to wear a mask, sit with other members of your household and maintain a social distance of six feet with others.

Questions and concerns can be sent to the Reopening Committee here.

*two weeks after the second shot of Moderna/Pfizer OR two weeks after the Johnson & Johnson shot.

New York State Vaccine Information

New York State is distributing COVID-19 vaccines in phases based on need and risk. State plans are changing frequently. The links below provide up to the minute information about New York State’s COVID-19 vaccine plan, vaccine eligibility, and vaccine scheduling information.

New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Overview
Hudson Valley Region COVID-19 FAQ
Vaccine Eligibility Tool
New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline: 1-833-697-4829

New York State International Travel Guidelines

As per NYS Department of Health recommendations, all unvaccinated international travelers who have not had and recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are asked to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in NY and self-quarantine for 7 days;  after this quarantine period and a negative COVID test, you may attend functions at the temple.  If you are unable to be tested after arrival in NY, we ask you to quarantine for 10 days before attending any temple functions. Fully vaccinated international travelers who have not had and recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months are asked to get tested 3-5 days after arrival in NY and wait for a negative result before attending temple functions.

Capacity Guidelines for Programs, School, Catering & Events

Our clergy are officiating b’nei mitzvah and funerals with guest limits and catering restrictions. CEW stringently adheres to New York State guidelines, and in some cases, has additional restrictions in place for the safety of our community. Capacity guidelines can be viewed here. Of note, in order to keep everyone safe, our least restrictive operating level is currently Yellow.

Ceremonies & Service Protocols During COVID-19

As the host family, your cooperation in notifying your guests and enforcing CEW’s protocols is expected. Once you have reviewed the protocols here, please contact Temple Administrator Abbie Levitt at with any questions.

Ushering Guidelines

Ahead of b’nei mitzvah services, ushers are asked to review these guidelines in order to help keep the sanctuary space calm, quiet and safe during the service.