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Current Guidelines (Effective January 6, 2022)

Coronavirus Reporting Form

If you have been exposed to or have COVID-19 please fill out the online form.

Procedures for Shul Attendance:


The following guidelines are applicable to all people entering the Beth Jacob Irvine Campus including individuals who are considered partially or fully vaccinated. 

  • Masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Children of all ages are permitted.
  • No one with a fever, loss of taste or smell, symptoms of COVID-19
  • No sharing of ritual objects. Each person must bring their own siddur, tallis, tefillin, or any other required item.
  • Wash hands prior to attending services.
  • Practice safe social distancing of at least 6 feet and no physical contact

If you think you might have COVID-19 please stay home

For anyone with a mild case of COVID-19 who are now asymptomatic:

  •  If you have COVID-19  - stay out of schul for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms. 
  •  You do not have to test to return after 10 days of isolation  - but you should not test to return any earlier
  •  Do not come to schul if someone at home has COVID-19 (unless you have recovered from COVID-19 yourself within the last 90 days), this is regardless of vaccination status.  
  • Someone who has had an exposure to COVID-19 that is not someone living at home may continue  to attend schul if their vaccination status is up to date.

An unvaccinated individual who was exposed to COVID-19 (via close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19) or any individual with constant close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may not attend shul until either

  • the individual receives a negative PCR Covid test taken 5-7 days after exposure

  • 14 days have elapsed since exposure and the individual has not developed any sypmtoms

Close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.  “Close contact” also includes any person with direct physical contact with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, and direct care for a patient with probable or confirmed COVID-19 without using proper personal protective equipment. 

For those not fully vaccinated the following also applies: 

  • If entering California from a different state or country, by any means of travel a quarantine of 10 days is required before entering the Beth Jacob Campus. 
  • When hosting visitors from a different state or country, a self-quarantine of 10 days is required before entering the Beth Jacob Campus.

Please note that we discourage in the strongest possible terms the conducting of personal minyanim of any size and in any individual location other than officially sanctioned minyanim at Beth Jacob.  Such minyanim endanger lives and must not take place.

If you are 65 or older or have a chronic medical condition or other condition which could put you at high risk of COVID related complications, please consult with your provider.  

Our priority, as always, remains to protect the safety and maintain the well-being of our members and our community.  If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Rabbi Ciner, Michelle Onufer, or anyone on the Board. 

Thank you for your patience, continued understanding, and future cooperation. 

Fri, December 8 2023 25 Kislev 5784