Participation Guidelines

Membber Guidelines for Participating in In-Person Events at BHBE, Effective March 2021

Thank you for being part of the BHBE community! We look forward to welcoming you to the building in a manner that is informed by public health guidance, protects members of our kehilla (community), and upholds the Jewish value of pikuah nefesh, saving a life.

Update for March 2021: Consistent with public health recommendations, we ask that everyone follow these guidelines regardless of vaccination status, prior infection, or recent negative test result.

Here are the steps for joining us in-person that will protect our community’s health and safety:

Help us ensure we observe capacity limits and can facilitate contact tracing

  • A registration list or advance list of attendees is required for any in-person events, to ensure we follow all state and local capacity limits and are able to contact all attendees if needed.
  • By signing up to attend services at BHBE, attending our services, or entering our building, you are signing and agreeing to our waiver. The waiver can be viewed here.
  • Attendees will be asked to self-screen for the COVID-19 symptoms here. If you have ANY symptoms, do not attend this or any other events until you are symptom-free. For questions about symptoms or COVID-19 testing, contact your healthcare provider or learn more from the Chicago Department of Public Health.
  • Please do not attend any events if someone in your household has been sick or if you have a possible COVID-19 exposure until it has been more than 10 days since your exposure.
  • Please do not attend any events if you have recently traveled outside of Illinois. An emergency travel order from Suburban Cook County and the City of Chicago now requires anyone who travels to specific states to quarantine for 10 days after return and advises against any non-essential travel; refer to these links for the most current advisory.
  • If you develop any symptoms described on the self-screening questionnaire prior to the event date, please reach out to us at so that someone else may participate instead. Even if you cannot contact the office in advance of the event, please stay home to protect others.

On the day of and when arriving at the event

  • Screen yourself for symptoms again. If you answer yes to any screening questions, please stay home to protect others.
  • Enter the building through Door #1 only (by the parking lot/rotunda). A BHBE staff member, security personnel or volunteer will greet you and check you in and make sure we have your contact information.
  • You will be asked on arrival if you have self-screened for symptoms. If you have not self-screened, you will be asked to do so and the volunteer/staff member will take your temperature with a touchless thermometer. If you answer yes to any screening questions, have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or refuse to participate in screening, you will be asked not to attend the event.

During the event

  • Bring your mask and wear it at all times in the building and on the premises. Wear your mask properly, covering both your mouth and nose. If you arrive at an event without a mask, we may have extras available and you will be asked to wear one. If you refuse to wear a mask, you may be asked not to attend the event. Please see the latest CDC guide on selecting a mask and improving its fit.
  • Hand sanitizer and soap are available for use throughout the building.
  • Maintain physical distance (6 feet or more) from anyone outside your household at all times.
  • Please refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or kissing when greeting others.
  • Enter the sanctuary through the main sanctuary doors only.
  • Please choose to sit in any available area behind the front section of seats. You may sit with those in your household but remain 6 feet or more from others in the sanctuary.
  • Please touch only the prayer book at your seat and leave your prayer book where you found it at the end of services.
  • Bring your own kippah and tallit when attending services. No shared ones will be available.
  • Please sing quietly or refrain from singing, as singing can spread virus particles over a larger distance.
  • Exit the sanctuary remaining 6 feet from those not in your household.

After the event

  • Please contact Michael Kahn if you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 and were in the synagogue building in the 14 days prior to developing symptoms.
  • Should the synagogue office become aware of any possible exposure or cases associated with a synagogue event, a staff person will contact you if you may have been exposed.

At all times

  • Please do not stop by the building unscheduled or without signing up for an appointment or event. The building is only open on a limited basis, so please enter the building only with the advance approval and knowledge of BHBE staff.
  • If you have a scheduled visit to the building other than for an event, BHBE staff will let you in through Door #1 (by the parking lot/rotunda), check you in, and ensure you have screened yourself for symptoms. Please wear a mask, observe physical distancing, and use hand sanitizer just as for an event.
  • While it is everyone’s responsibility to follow these guidelines for the good of the whole kehilla, please leave enforcement to the staff and do not take matters into your own hands. If you have concerns about violations of these guidelines, please contact the synagogue office only.
  • While these guidelines are intended for the health of our community, you attend events at your own risk. By attending any event, you assume the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Please be kind, patient, and respectful to our clergy, staff, maintenance team, security guards, tenants, and fellow members. We are navigating this pandemic together and appreciate your patience, flexibility, and commitment to pikuah nefesh!

By attending events, individuals agree to abide by the rules of the synagogue. BHBE cannot guarantee safety in light of the pandemic. BHBE is not liable for injuries or sickness as a result of the pandemic. Questions should be directed to Michael Kahn.