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NOVEMBER 29, 2020
Safety Protocol and Procedures


Instead of holding a single groundbreaking event there will be at least five separate events in which we will ceremonially break ground on different parts of the new campus.  The program will be identical in each of the five ceremonies.


General Sessions: 

At least four 45-minute groundbreaking ceremonies will be held.  Participation for each of these General Sessions will be limited to 15 family units, but in no event more than fifty (50) guests, including all children and adults.  


Special Sessions:

One session will be reserved strictly for “higher-risk” adults and children.  This session will be limited to no more than 10 family units but in no event more than twenty (20) guests total.  


Additional Sessions:                   

We will happily add additional General and/or Special Sessions as needed.




Masks are required at all times - NO EXCEPTIONS.  Masks must be affixed before entering the YIOM property and cannot be removed until after exiting the property. 


Temperature and COVID-19 Inquiries:

Upon arrival, each person will have their temperature taken and will be asked the following questions:

▪   In the past 14 days, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

▪   In the past 14 days, have you been in close contact with anyone who has been 

    diagnosed with COVID-19?

▪   Currently, or at any time in the past 14 days, have you experienced, or have you been

    in close contact with anyone whom to your knowledge has experienced, any of the    

    following symptoms: coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills,  

   muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.


Any person who has a temperature over 100.4 degrees or answers in the affirmative to any of the above listed COVID-Inquiries, will regrettably, not to be able to attend the groundbreaking. 



Assigned seating for each session will be set-up and, upon arrival, family units will be directed to a designated seating area.  Seating areas will be separated from one another by at least 20-feet.  


Socializing and Congregating at the Groundbreaking

We have a short program designed to serve as a lasting memory of this truly momentous occasion; however, because we take the health and safety of our membership and entire community seriously, we ask that families arrive on time, stay in their designated areas during the entire program, and promptly exit the property at the conclusion of the groundbreaking to allow ample time to reset the area for the next session.


Children are a vital part of the Young Israel of Memphis Congregation.  Our new Shul and Campus are, in large part, designed to provide our children with a special and safe place to daven, learn, and grow as Jews. The presence of our children at this groundbreaking is not only welcomed but encouraged!  At the same time, in order to provide the safest experience for all attendees, it is the responsibility of each us as parents to ensure that our children – at all times – stay in their designated spaces and maintain proper decorum.  If you are concerned that it may be difficult for one or more of your children to stay in their designated spot and/or maintain proper decorum, please make other arrangements for them while your family attends the groundbreaking.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan Wogan ( - 901-275-0135) or Josh Kahane ( - 901-340-4897).

We look forward to sharing this once in a generation experience with each of you.

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