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COVID-19 Guidelines

Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue

Effective March 21, 2022

As a reminder, we are continually monitoring the situation and considering public health guidelines as well as local regulations. Guidelines outlined in this document are subject to change at any time.

 Questions? Please read our FAQs or talk to our board or reopening committee (listed below).

Minyanim are currently meeting indoors in our new shul space. We do have the ability to open a window to the courtyard to allow people to stand outdoors and hear davening.

COVID-19 Guidelines:  

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the shul making decisions about reopening?

The shul has assembled a reopening committee that makes recommendations to the board. The recommendations are based on CDC guidelines and local (state and county) regulations, as well as other factors such as OU recommendations and Berman policies. We have also periodically conducted community surveys to gauge comfort level among our members.

Can children come to shul?

Yes! We welcome children in shul, are hiring babysitters to supervise open play, and have recently hired a new youth director to restart our youth programming. Children are required to be with the childcare or with a responsible adult.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are currently optional. We are respectful of all individual decisions regarding masking.

Is shul outdoors or indoors?

We are meeting indoors in our new shul. We do have the option of opening a window to allow individuals to stand outside and hear davening.

Is there kiddush?

We have reinstated kiddush, currently with individually packaged items. Kiddush is held outdoors as weather allows.


These are the people you can reach out to:

Shul Board:
Ann Rose Greenberg, President

Jackie Burman, Vice President

Lauren Glazer, Secretary

Jon Krisch, Treasurer

Sumi Peterson, Member-at-large

Erin Ring, Member-at-large

Victor Strasser, Member-at-large

Reopening Committee:

Rabbi Uri Topolosky, Rabbi

Ann Rose Greenberg, Shul President

David Zakar, Gabbai

Jon Krisch, Shul Treasurer

Barbara Chalom

Ellie Katz Neumann

Erin Ring

Shira Rosenbaum

*People are considered fully vaccinated:

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated (also known as “unvaccinated”). Booster shots are recommended for anyone age 12 or older who has received their second shot of Pfizer (ages 12 and up) or Moderna (ages 18 and up) at least 5 months ago or their Johnson & Johnson (ages 18 and up) shot at least 2 months ago.