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Current Guidelines (updated November 2020)

Last minute attendance will not be allowed.
No Exceptions.

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

Procedures for Shul Attendance:

  • Masks required (and must be worn covering mouth and nose) while on campus
  • 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.
  • Must not have traveled within the past 14 days.
  • Must not have come in contact with anyone with a known case of COVID-19 for 14 days.
  • 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, you agree to participate in contact tracing should it become necessary.

Anyone who attends and subsequently tests positive for COVID-19 must promptly inform Rabbi Ciner so that we may conduct necessary contract tracing and prevent future spread.

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

Thu, November 26 2020 10 Kislev 5781