RETURN TO SHUL
Following the announcement by the Scottish Government that places of worship can start having communal services again, we are delighted to tell you that Giffnock Shul has restarted services.
The government has issued many guidelines to ensure the safety of all and therefore we will be restarting gradually to ensure that all measures are in place.
Daily Shacharis, Mincha & Maariv services are currently running.
Shabbat Morning Services will commence from the 1st August.
Times will appear in the Chadashot and also be posted here.
Please note the following:
- As numbers are limited by the Scottish Government to a maximum of 50, please advise if you would intend to come along on Shabbat mornings by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Preference will be given to people saying Kaddish and people who have Yahrzeit. The remaining spaces will be allocated to those who are first to e-mail us. Until the restriction on numbers is lifted, we would ask that children are NOT brought to services.
- All services for the foreseeable future will be held in the main Shul which allows for proper social distancing. Hand gel, rubber gloves and disposable masks will be provided for your use and going into and leaving the Shul will be controlled. Entry into the Shul for weekday services will be through the electronic gate outside the Beth Hamidrash downstairs.
- Due to social distancing measures we are putting in place, some seats will be closed off and you may have to sit in a different seat from your normal one. You will however be able to access your seat to collect any items you need for the service. Please put any books used back in your seat and do NOT put them back in a bookcase.
- As all services will be in the main shul for the foreseeable future, weekday services will be open to all members, both men and women, and we would particularly like to invite people who have lost a loved one to attend a weekday service so they can say or hear Kaddish. Seating for ladies during weekday services will be in the ladies section downstairs. Please remember to keep at a safe distance from the person in front or behind you when entering and leaving the Shul.
SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES
Please note that if you have not pre-booked, you may not be allowed in as we are strictly limited by the Scottish Government to a maximum of 50 attendees.
For those who have booked to come to Shul, please note the following:
- The service will be shorter and quicker than normal. It will commence at 9.30am and is expected to finish around 11am. Please therefore note that the last admissions to Shul will be at 10.15am. If you are not in the queue by 10.15am, you may therefore not be granted admission.
- All services for the foreseeable future will be held in the main Shul which allows for proper social distancing. Hand gel, rubber gloves and disposable masks will be provided for your use and going into and leaving the Shul will be controlled. Entry into the Shul on Shabbos will be though the main doors only. Exit will be through the main doors if you are headed for Maryville Avenue, and the Banqueting Suite doors if you are headed for Fenwick Road.
- Due to social distancing measures we have had to put in place, some seats will be closed off and you may have to sit in a different seat from your normal one. You should however be able to access your seat to collect any items you need for the service. Please put any books used back in your seat and do NOT put them back in a bookcase.
- Please remember to keep at a safe distance from the person in front or behind you when entering and leaving the Shul.
Whilst the Shul are looking forward to having members return to services, we do recommend that anyone who has health concerns should not return to Shul at this time. Also if you are feeling unwell for any reason, please do not come to Shul until you have fully recovered.
Giffnock Shul has been prepared for use in accordance with guidelines of best practice issued by the Scottish Government.
Anyone entering the building is required to sanitise their hands. Rubber gloves and a face covering will also be provided.
Social distancing is in place for seating.
Anyone entering the building does so at their OWN RISK and the Shul cannot be held responsible should you subsequently become unwell for any reason.
Please do not gather outside the Shul when you leave and talk to other people. Please head straight home and maintain social distancing while doing so for your own safety.
If you, or anyone else in your household, are suffering from, OR have suffered from during the last seven days, any of the following, please DO NOT ENTER the Shul.
- A Temperature
- A Fever
- Abnormal coughing
- Abnormal Sneezing
- Loss of Sense of Smell
- Loss of Sense of Taste
If any of the above apply, please go straight home and consult your doctor. DO NOT ENTER the Shul.
If you have any questions about returning to Shul, please e-mail us at email@example.com and we will do our best to answer them.
We are planning to have a Memorial Service at a future date to remember people who passed away during the virus. Details of this will be advised in due course. As numbers are currently limited to 50 people, preference will be given to those members who have suffered a loss. If you would like to be present at the Memorial Service, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the name of the family member who passed away.