Health & Safety

We are continuously following developments in the pandemic, and may make necessary adjustments to the schedule and safety protocols as we get closer to the holidays. We appreciate your understanding. 

As of 8/27/2021

Pikuach Nefesh

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Synagogue’s decision-making has led with our Jewish value of pikuach nefesh—saving a life. We have followed guidance from the state, city, and our lay-led taskforce, made up of leaders in the medical community. 

Proof of Vaccination

  • Proof of vaccination will be required for all attendees, both members and their guests, age 12 and over, for all services. Acceptable proof includes your vaccine card itself, a photo/copy of the card, or a vaccine phone app such as the NYS Excelsior Pass. We strongly encourage you, if you have not already, to set up the NYS Excelsior Pass app if you received your vaccination in New York State. It is available  via Google or iPhone app store and is the easiest way to store and show this information.
  • Children under 12 who are not yet eligible for a vaccine may join their families for services at Radio City Music Hall, so long as they present proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the service they are attending. If you are bringing a child under 12 and are ticketed for the Sanctuary, please contact [email protected] and they can issue you new tickets. In the interest of safety, families with unvaccinated children will be seated together in a designated section of the venue, and Radio City Music Hall ushers will be there to help with escorting.


Masks will be required for all individuals at all times. Our Clergy and some individuals who are participating in the service may be unmasked while they are on the Bimah or stage. To ensure safety, all of these individuals are required to submit a negative PCR test from within 24 hours of the service.

Additional Information

  • We have managed our service schedule to not exceed 50% capacity in any of our locations. At Radio City Music Hall, we expect our capacity to be at or below 30%.
  • If you would prefer to worship in Radio City Music Hall where we expect lower capacity numbers, please contact [email protected] to transfer your tickets.
  • While we as a community want to express our care for one another, we ask you to remember that comfortable distancing is important. Air hugs and elbow touches are welcome. We also ask that you limit your time in the lobbies and other public spaces. While it may seem counterintuitive, maintaining comfortable distancing is a profound way to express care for the health and safety of our community.
  • Anyone with symptoms of or possible exposure to COVID-19, or anyone who has recently returned from a trip outside the tri-state region, should opt for our virtual services. We are grateful for a community that uplifts our commitment to pikuach nefesh (preservation of life), and understands that we remain meaningfully connected whether worshipping in person or virtually.


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