(Calgary) – In advance of planning High Holiday Services for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Congregation Kehilat Shalom in Calgary has resumed in person Shabbat (Sabbath) Services.
Kehilat Shalom President Sam Fishman announced, “Please know that Kehilat Shalom Synagogue, with the support of JCC’s Rhona Shore, Scott Russel, Zain Hoosen and their maintenance staff, had a very successful in person Shabbat Service, Saturday, July 25, 2020.”
Fishman explained that they announced in a number of advance e-mails to congregants that RSVP’s were required from anyone who wished to attend.
The congregants were set up in 1/2 of the JCC gymnasium, separated by a ceiling to floor curtain, noted Fishman.
“We followed strict precautions outlined to us, with registration as individuals entered the JCC and a staff person taking temperatures and statements, and providing facemasks.
“The seating arrangements were designed as outlined to accommodate everybody and distancing requirements. Prayer books were picked up individually by congregants, and returned to another area after services. Different readings by individuals were read from their seats, and there was no touching of religious ornaments, that would otherwise be part of regular services.”
There were 21 congregants led by Rabbi Leonard Cohen in attendance, and they were set up for 30.
The success of the Shabbat services will inform the plans for Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Years) on September 18, 19 and 20 and Yom Kippur on September 28 and 29, 2020.