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July 21, 2021

Shabbat Shacharit Together Again!

Saturday, July 24, 10:15 a.m.

We are pleased to offer our first in-person, outdoor Shabbat service this Saturday, July 24 at 10:15 am. We have worked hard to ensure the safety and comfort of the community, and we respect everyone's personal choices regarding gatherings, vaccinations and mask wearing. In addition to introducing certain requirements for gathering we are also continuing streaming services for those who prefer to remain remote. Please let us know you are coming by making a reservation. For this week only please email Lori Weise at for reservations.


In a nutshell, masks are required for non-vaccinated congregants and for those attending with unvaccinated children. Masks are optional for vaccinated congregants. Please click on the link for more detail regarding our reopening.



Do I need to RSVP to attend a Shabbat Morning Service?

For this Saturday only (July 24) please email Lori Weise at to make a reservation. For future Shabbat services, please email Temple Administrator Darla Buhler at to make a reservation.


Why do I have to make a reservation to come to Shabbat services?

Reservations are preferred because they will support any needed contact tracing, ensure security, and permit us to set up the right number of chairs. If you have not made an advanced reservation to attend, you will be asked to sign in when you arrive. 


How are Reopening Policies being developed?

The CKS Reopening Committee has been developing policies for services, events, and meetings and sending them to the CKS Board of Directors for approval. The Committee reviewed the most recent State of Washington guidelines, policy examples from similar congregations, and the survey results from our own congregants. Committee members include health care and public health professionals, administrators, lawyers, and communication experts. The policies developed by the Reopening Committee took into consideration the relatively high vaccination rate of both Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap residents. In Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island has the highest percentage of persons age 12 and up vaccinated at 79% (84% of 65+) followed by North Kitsap County at 63% (69% of 65+).


How has Congregation Kol Shalom prepared to offer safe and secure services?

The CKS Reopening Committee focused on developing policies for outside Shabbat services first. Studies show that the transmission of COVID is extremely low in outside settings. CKS has the ability to provide services in our backyard during these mild summer months. The backyard has been equipped with soundproofing as well as sun and rain protection.


What is our mask policy for outside services?

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask at outdoor services. Congregants may want to wear a mask if they are at increased risk for severe infection, have an underlying health condition or live with someone who is at increased risk

  • Masks are required at outdoor services if you are not fully vaccinated

  • Masks are required at outdoor services if you are attending with unvaccinated children, even if you yourself are fully vaccinated

  • We are going by the honor system and not requiring proof of vaccination


Will CKS continue to offer live streaming of services?

Yes, services will continue to be streamed on Zoom and Facebook.


Where do we enter for services and what are the procedures for checking in?

Services will be in the Kol Shalom backyard. Attendees should check in just outside the main sanctuary door with the volunteer ushers, who will check reservations and will direct attendees to the seating area. A sanitizer station will be nearby, and paper masks will be available. Congregants will also be asked to review the posted COVID symptoms questionnaire and not enter services if they have any of these symptoms (that are not attributable to any other condition). Congregants who have not made an advanced reservation will be admitted but asked to sign in to support any needed contact tracing and ensure security. Note that childcare services will not be available.


What are the next steps for services, including Shabbat and High Holidays?

The Reopening Committee is working on the policies for outdoor events (including the picnic on August 15), indoor Shabbat services and High Holidays and will complete their recommendations to the CKS Board of Directors in early August. Meanwhile the CKS Sanctuary is being prepared with additional technology to offer streaming of Shabbat and High Holiday services.



July 15, 2021


The sanctuary painting is now complete. We need volunteers to help move furniture back into the sanctuary this Sunday, July 18 at noon. Please contact Lori Weise at with any questions.


Our first in-person Shabbat will be on July 24 at 10:15 am in the Kol Shalom backyard. Watch for further information in next week's bulletin including how to RSVP for services.


We are thrilled to offer both in person services starting on July 24 in addition to continuing our Zoom and Facebook streaming option.

July 8, 2021


Mark your calendars!

We have a date for our first in-person Shabbat morning service. It will be on Saturday, July 24 at 10:15 am in the Kol Shalom backyard. Further information will be coming soon as our Reopening Committee completes its recommendations.


Refurbishing continues

The floors are finished and we are now repainting the sanctuary. We need volunteers to move furniture back into the sanctuary on Sunday, July 18 at noon. Please contact Lisa Hope at with any questions.



June 30, 2021

Survey results coming soon

Thank you again for your participation in the recent survey about reopening. The Reopening Committee will be reporting on the results next week.


You'll be floored by our newly refinished floors

Some of you may be aware that the wood floors in the sanctuary have recently been refinished. It was a much needed improvement and was able to be done thanks to your generosity at this year's Gala. As you can see from the photos, they look great! Next up is repainting the interior of the sanctuary.


Plans for in-person events

While the improvements are wonderful, it does impact plans for reopening Kol Shalom to in-person events. We can have outdoor in-person events once we have access to the bathrooms in the sanctuary. Currently the bathrooms and some of our outdoor spaces are being used as ad hoc storage during the floor refinishing and repainting. In fact, because the repainting will take place over a period of weeks, there will likely be no indoor events at the synagogue until High Holy Days.


Next week we will have a date in July for our first outdoor in-person Shabbat service.


Thank you for your patience as we work through the many complexities of reopening and refurbishing our building.