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Corona Virus Guidelines for Prayer Services & Jewish Rituals in Modiin
Update re: prayer services regulations during lockdown starting 18/9 at 14:00:
Special outline for holiday prayers
- In open areas – in capsules of up to 20 people.
- In closed structures in areas that are not red (like Modiin which is ranked yellow) - in closed structures, prayer shall be permitted in groups of up to 25 people. The permitted number of groups in a closed space shall be double the number of entrances to the structure on condition that the ratio of one person per 4 square meters of space of the place is maintained. [For example, in a house of prayer in a yellow area that is 400 square meters in size and which has two entrance doors, it shall be permitted to have 4 capsules of 25 people each (25 people in each capsule, 2 entrances multiplied by 2, yields 100 people in the structure while maintaining the ratio of one person per 4 square meters of space)].
Updates true to Thursday 3/9 and according to the Ramzor plan:
- Synagogues - (for detailed information including information for the Chagim, prayer halls and organized prayer events - click here)
- Up to 40% occupancy and no more than 50 people
- Outdoors: up to 60% occupancy and no more than 100 people
- Indoors: Up to 40% occupancy and no more than 50 people
- If the business has no occupancy: according to maximum occupancy of 4 sqm per person
Entry to women's Mikvaot - only by prior arrangement from 17:00 onwards. Also, for health and hygiene reasons, each woman visiting the Mikve should come fully ready for Tevilah, and must bring a towel and thermometer.
Entry to men's Mikvaot - Chabad re-opened, Emek Dotan not yet.
Funeral - only outdoors, with up to 50 people, at a distance of 2 meters from each other, and wearing masks.
Brit - up to 19 people indoors, and up to 50 people outdoor. Masks and 2 meter distance obligatory.
Wedding - up to 50 people. Outdoors only with people keeping distance of at least 2 meters from each other, and wearing masks.
Based on the new guidelines of the Health Ministry that went into effect on 25/3 at 17:00:
Tefillot in a Minyan - permitted to take place only outdoors, with a limit of 10 people, at a distance of 2 meters from each other.
Entry to Mikvaot - only possible by prior arrangement from 17:00 onwards.
In addition, for health and hygiene reasons, each woman visiting the Mikve should come fully ready for Tevilah, and must bring a towel and thermometer.
Wedding, Brit, funeral - only outdoors, with up to 20 people, at a distance of 2 meters from each other.
All Shuls in all neighborhoods except for Keizer can function all days of the week in accordance with guidelines that forbid congregation of more than 10 people, with a distance of 2 meters from each other.
The Shuls in keizer will be open for Tefilot only from Erev Shabbat until Motzei Shabbat.
According to Health Ministry guidelines, the Chief Rabbi, Eliyahu Elharar, calls upon elderly congregants, those with health issues, children and women to pray at home, and they do not have the obligation of Kriat HaTorah.
In any case of the slightest doubt that the Shul / Minyan does not meet these standards the Shul is to be closed.
Statement from the Municipality's Press Office:
In consultation with the city’s Rabbis, the municipality is calling on all congregants in the city to follow the example of other communities who have already decided to avoid praying together, to close synagogues for prayers, and to schedule a set time to pray as a single prayer (Tfilat Yachid) in your homes.
The municipality recommends that congregants over the age of 60 pray in their home as a single prayer and do not go out for prayer at all!
Furthermore, the municipality stresses that all prayers will only be allowed under the conditions set by the Ministry of Health, which prohibits the presence of no more than ten congregants in the synagogue, at least two meters from each other.
The Municipal Police and Security as well as the municipal supervision will conduct inspections during prayer time throughout the city.
Any exception will be dealt with in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines.
In accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines, the women's mikvaot (apart from the Keizer one) are functioning as usual (except for women who are in quarantine, who are prohibited from coming!), kelim mikvaot are also open as usual, and men's mikvaot are closed until further notice.
The women's mikvaot will not allow more then 10 women at one time. Please refrain from congregating at the entrance or the waiting area. Please maintain a distance of 2 meters. Women who are in quarantine and those who returned from abroad within the last 14 days are prohibited from coming to the mikve.
The Ministry of Health guidelines in light of the decision to prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people, and Halachic guidelines from the Modiin Rabbanut:
- Prayer and religious ceremonies will be conducted in groups of up to 10 people each, keeping a distance of 2 meters from person to person and no more than 2 groups at a time.
- Mikvaot for men are closed.
- Mikvaot for women and Mikvaot Kelim function as normal. Women who are in quarantine are prohibited from coming to the Mikve!
- Anyone who is supposed to be in quarantine must stay at home and not go to shul. Pikuach Nefesh supercedes every commandment in the Torah.
- Please refrain from shaking hands or any other physical contact, including kissing the Torah, Siddurim and Mezuzot.
- The Rabbanim and the Gabaim of the communities are obligated to carry out these guidelines.