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Current Guidelines (updated December 30, 2020)

RSVP is REQUIRED.
Last minute attendance will not be allowed.
No Exceptions.


Coronavirus Reporting Form


Useful Resource Links:
CDC Coronavirus Homepage
OC Health Coronavirus Homepage
OC Health Case Counts
OU Covid-19 Information

Coronavirus Reporting Form

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

Procedures for Shul Attendance:

  • Masks required (and must be worn covering mouth and nose) while on campus
  • Anyone entering California from a different state or country, by any means of travel, should self-quarantine for 10 days before attending any services at Beth Jacob. 
  • Anyone hosting visitors from a different state or country should also self-quarantine for 10 days before attending any services at Beth Jacob.
  • Individuals who had any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 cannot attend services or enter Beth Jacob’s campus for 5 days from the last known exposure.
  • Individuals who had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 cannot attend services or enter Beth Jacob’s campus for 10 days from the last known exposure.   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.  
  • RSVP for each attendee is required.
    • RSVP must be received by 8:00 pm the day before or 1:00 pm on Friday for attendance over Shabbat.
  • Each person must bring their own siddur, tallis, teffillin, or any other required item.
  • Wash hands prior to attending services.
  • No physical contact between people and practicing of Social Distancing
  • No touching of ritual objects
  • Must be free of any symptoms (as detailed by the CDC) to attend services including (but not limited to): Cough, Shortness of Breath, Difficulty Breathing, Fever, Chills, Muscle Pain, Sore Throat, New loss of taste or smell.
  • Attendees must be over 11 years of age (preparing for their B'Nai Mitzvah) and must be with parent or guardian at all times.
  • If you are 65 or older or have a chronic medical condition (including lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, severe kidney or liver disease, neurological disorders, and the immunocompromised), please consult with your physician before attending minyan.  

By attending services, you authorize Beth Jacob to disclose your identity to the broader Beth Jacob community for the purpose of contact tracing if you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days after attending services.

You further agree to inform Beth Jacob if you are undergoing testing due to symptoms or known exposure and have previously attended services within 7 days from the onset of symptoms or known exposure, and authorize Beth Jacob to disclose your identity to individuals who attended services during that time.


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.
 

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 or anyone on the Board. 
 

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


OU recently (10/28/2020) issued a statement with the following:

Pikuach Nefesh: Concern for life is a paramount value in Halacha. We are compelled to violate most halachic prohibitions when confronting a possible risk to life, or a possible opportunity to save a life. As long as the current potential danger continues, we remain obligated to follow the majority of serious medical opinion that counsels ongoing caution, including social distancing, masking and diligent hand hygiene.

For more information from the Orthodox Union visit their COVID-19 Information Page

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