COVID-19 Guidelines

The BETC COVID Strategy Task Force has developed guidelines for managing COVID-related risks associated with gatherings at the temple. This group regularly evaluates our guidelines within the context of our Jewish values and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and state and local authorities. The COVID Operations Task Force meets regularly to ensure that our guidelines are applied appropriately across temple operations. 

Any updates will be published on this page. 

Guidelines Summary

Please be sure you are familiar with our guidelines before any planned visit to the temple building. 

Vaccination Policy

Beth El Temple Center is committed to protecting the health and safety of all members of the community. For this reason, we strongly recommend that all visitors are up-to-date on all of their COVID 19 vaccinations and boosters. However, after careful consideration and in keeping consistent with the Belmont Public Schools, our COVID Strategy Task Force and Board of Directors have decided to no longer require COVID vaccination for those entering BETC. We recommend that unvaccinated people, including students, test before entering the building.

As always we request that you do not enter the building if you have COVID symptoms

Face Coverings

We require that all people over the age of 2 wear well-fitting masks to any events where 100 or more people are expected to attend, and we require face coverings for all High Holiday events and for food preparation. We will have disposable medical masks on hand. 

BETC masking decisions are based on the CDC COVID-19 Community Level:

  • Low (green): Masks are always welcome*
  • Medium (yellow): Masks are strongly recommended*
  • High (red): Masks are required

*Masks are required for groups of 100 or more, regardless of CDC COVID-19 Community Level


We have invested in physical measures for minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The sanctuary and auditorium are equipped with MERV-13 HVAC filters. All classrooms, offices, and various other rooms in the building have medical-grade Jade air purifiers. When possible, windows are opened in order to maximize airflow. We have disposable masks and hand sanitizer available throughout the building, including at the main entrance from the parking lot and at the entrance to the sanctuary.

Rental inquiries should be directed to the temple office at (617) 484-6668. 

We regularly evaluate our COVID guidelines. We will continue to communicate with you as we adjust our guidelines in response to the progression of the pandemic and the needs of our community.


Please direct questions about temple COVID policy to Abby Klingbeil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it...

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Contact Info

Beth El Temple Center
2 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-6668
[email protected]