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Your Guide to ST-KA's

Building/Campus Re-opening Plans

While significant changes to re-opening plans will be shared via e-mail and Temple Times, please check this page regularly for updates.

Guiding Values

Suburban Temple - Kol Ami has utilized six guiding values which have informed all decisions regarding COVID-19 and ST-KA operations.  Please read the values.

Guiding Values

On Campus and Worship Protocols

We recognize that guidance and protocols in handling the COVID-19 pandemic remain in flux.  The attached document provides the current practice that ST-KA will observe.  We appreciate everyone's commitment to the health, safety, and welfare of our congregants, clergy, and staff.  As a reminder, we will keep you informed if the plan is updated.

On Campus and Worship Protocols



Staff will return to the office for regular work hours beginning Tuesday, July 6. 

June 11th Outdoor Shabbat

We are so excited to host our first in-person Shabbat on June 11th.  It will be held outdoors on the Chagrin Patio.  There are NO limits on attendance, however to attend in-person, you must RSVP either by registering online or by emailing Charlotte Versagi.  

There is no need to register if joining us via Zoom.

In case of inclement weather, we will worship on Zoom.  

June 25th Indoor Shabbat

Our return to the sanctuary!  We are pleased to return to the sanctuary on Friday, June 25th for our first indoor service since March 2020.  We are limiting attendance to 50 persons.  Registration is available online or by emailing Charlotte Versagi.  The service will also be available on Zoom.

We have created a priority system of registration.  To allow for us to confirm attendance, you must register no later than noon on Thursday, June 24th.  The priority order for attendance will be: Bar/Bat Mitzvah family; congregants with yahrzeits to be observed during the service (we will attempt to include non-members observing yahrzeits as possible); other members wishing to attend Shabbat.  If anyone comes without a reservation, an usher or staff member will take their cell phone number and ask them to wait in their car.  If there are seats available, we will call and invite them inside.


The High Holy Days (preliminary plan)

The re-opening task force has recommended that High Holy Day services for Fall 2021 be limited to 50% of normal operating capacity.  This is approximately 175 persons in the sanctuary and foyer.

Due to this limitation, all members of the congregation will be given the opportunity to notify Temple of their priority for service attendance on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Depending on the number of members who wish to attend in person, we will notify you which service you may attend at Temple.

All services will be available online.

Read our current High Holy Day plan.


Task Force

In Spring 2021, our re-opening task force was created to help guide our planning for a gradual return to in-person operations.  The task force is comprised of Matt Lehman, board president; Lori Rosenberg, president-elect; Rich Silver, M.D., Alan Hazzard, Rabbi Allison Vann, and Brett Shankman, executive director.




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