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Tefillah @ the Bayit: Updates and a look ahead (including link to signup form)

06/18/2020 01:55:27 PM


Dear Bayit Community,

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first week-plus of Tefillah B’tzibbur as we gathered in person on the terrace for services. We appreciate the spirit of cooperation and collaboration as we learned how to make the service as meaningful as possible while maintaining social distancing and continuing our commitment to include those who attended via Zoom. After a full week of Mincha/Maariv services, we had our first in-person Shacharit tefillah on Wednesday morning and look forward to having in-person Shacharit every day next week.

Sign-up is now available for tefillot starting with Mincha at 2pm this Friday and every day next week. We’d love to welcome more Bayit community members to tefillah - if you feel safe and comfortable, please sign up! Our current plan is as follows:

  • In-person Shacharit w/Zoom option: Sunday: 8:30am, Monday - Friday: 6:45am
  • Zoom-only Shacharit: Monday - Friday at 7:50am with musical Hallel on Rosh Chodesh (Monday and Tuesday) at approximately 8:15am
  • In-person Mincha/Maariv w/Zoom option: Sunday - Thursday: 6:40pm, Friday: 2:00pm (Mincha only).

Tefillot will be outdoors on the Terrace and will be canceled in case of inclement weather. Advance signup is required at Please note:

  • We will accept advance sign-up for 15 men and 9 women at each service (reflecting our current approximate proportions, and subject to rebalancing based on demand). If the service you wish to attend is booked, please add your name to the waiting list.
  • Everyone who signs up will be added to the Bayit Tefillah Resumes WhatsApp group to facilitate ongoing communication, including possible cancellations.
  • All attendees will be expected to comply with the following health and safety guidelines. Please visit to review the rules prior to coming to the Bayit.

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that New York City will enter Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, June 22nd which will loosen some of the restrictions on the number of people who can gather, particularly indoors. Our Reopening Committee is meeting regularly and considering what next steps to take including resuming Shabbat tefillah. Our guiding philosophy is to base ourselves on government guidelines and the advice of our medical professionals so that any services conducted at the Bayit adhere to best practices for reducing the risk of spreading any infection. We will continue to share our information and plans as they develop.



Rav Steven


Mon, July 13 2020 21 Tammuz 5780