COVID-19 Guidelines

The preservation of human life (pikuach nefesh) takes precedence over all the other commandments in Judaism.

Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh – all Jews are responsible for each other.”

– Talmud (Shevuot 39a)

Jewish values inform and support this Talmudic teaching.  We are obligated to preserve our own well-being (sh’mirat haguf) and avoid danger to other’s lives (sakanat nefashot).

Our COVID-19 guidelines are written based upon our Jewish values and the latest health and safety protocols established by the CDC, state and local government, and our COVID-19 Task Force of medical professionals. We pledge to monitor the situation closely and update these policies as conditions evolve. The following guidelines should be followed for any synagogue sponsored event, regardless of location.


Please do not enter any synagogue building if you or anyone in your household have:

  • any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • recently been tested for COVID-19 and that test is still pending.


Masks are optional.

Social Distancing

Social distancing is not required nor enforced in the synagogue at this time. 

The Rayner Center

The Rayner Center will abide by all rules and regulations as published by the CDC and Louisiana Department of Health, as well as the Louisiana Department of Education as they apply to licensed daycare programs and/or early childhood education programs. Should federal or state regulations become more restrictive than those currently followed by the Rayner Center, then they shall supersede these guidelines as it applies to licensed daycare centers in Louisiana. 

The Rayner Center Council will keep apprised of any mandatory requirements as brought forth by either the CDC, Louisiana Department of Education or Louisiana Department of Health and implement such requirements on a timely fashion.