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Outdated Guidelines (Effective October 28, 2021 - January 1, 2021)

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. 

  • For the smaller services that occur indoors (weekday, Friday night, and Shabbat mincha), masks will now be optional for those who are fully vaccinatedMasks remain required for those who are unvaccinated.   
  • Children of all ages are permitted and must be with a parent or guardian at all times. The playground is closed. 
  • No one with a fever, loss of taste or smell, symptoms of COVID-19, possible exposure, or waiting for test results may enter campus. 
  • 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


For those not fully vaccinated the following also applies: 

  • Masks required and must be worn at all times (covering both mouth and nose) while on campus for unvaccinated individuals over the age of 2.
  • 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.
  • An unvaccinated individual who was exposed to COVID-19 (via close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19) may not attend shul until either

(1) the individual receives a negative PCR Covid test taken 5-7 days after exposure
(2) 14 days have elapsed since exposure and the individual has not developed any symptoms. 

Consistent with the CDC, “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. 

  • Individuals awaiting test results following potential or known exposure to COVID-19 may not attend services or enter Beth Jacob’s campus until the individual receives a negative test result.  The waiting periods described above must still be followed.  For example, if an individual receives a negative test result seven days after a close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, the individual may not attend services until 10 days have elapsed.   

NOTE: Fully-vaccinated individuals may attend shul after a close-contact exposure but must wear a mask while doing so. 

Updated Mask Policy 10.28.21:


  1. Minyanim/services that occur outdoors OR inside of the tent
    • For vaccinated individuals, masks will be optional. 
    • For unvaccinated individuals, masks remain mandatory. This includes children over the age of 2 years old. 
  2. Minyanim/services that occur indoors
    • Masks remain mandatory for unvaccinated individuals.
  3. If vaccinated, the Torah reader, chazzan, and speaker (during the week or on Shabbat) do not need to wear a mask even if minyan/services occur indoors.
  4. Advance registration for minyanim/services will no longer be required.
  5. Small classes that occur indoors
    • For vaccinated individuals, masks will be optional. 
    • For unvaccinated individuals, masks remain mandatory. This includes children over the age of 2 years old. 

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. 

Mon, December 5 2022 11 Kislev 5783