The Choral Synagogue in Vilnius reopened for morning prayers on Monday, May 25, following the quarantine. Special measures in place include mandatory wearing of face masks and gloves, taking the temperature of those attending and disinfectant for hands.
The faithful had to rediscover their seats, now marked, at a safe 2 meters distance from one another.
Agreement was reached with the congregation on how to behave during Torah reading. We agreed to abbreviate the number of prayers temporarily, they will now take place during the day during Torah readings on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. This will be changed according to traditional holidays.
Currently there are 30 safe places for men and 14 for women in the gallery.
A closed bar mitzvah ceremony has taken place now.
Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky and rebbetzin Dina Krinsky and their sons have been working around the clock so normal Jewish life can resume following the quarantine.
Any questions regarding synagogue activities may be directed to the telephone number 8 650 18270 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Mondays and Thursdays.
Simas Levinas, chairman
Vilnius Jewish Religious Community