COVID-19 Update

As we embrace the reopening of our society and our campus, TBT’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee continues to guide us as we adopt policies for the safety of our community. Our current policies are as follows:

  • All staff are required to be fully vaccinated with proof of first vaccination by June 21.
  • Staff are currently required to wear masks at all times indoors unless they are alone in an office, per Cal/OSHA.
  • Saturday morning Shabbat services are now open to the congregation in person: all congregants, vaccinated or unvaccinated, must wear masks during services. Services will also be streamed and on Zoom. 
  • For the time being, Friday evening Shabbat services will be streamed and on Zoom only.
  • Saturday morning, Torah Study meets as a hybrid Zoom and in-person outdoor class. 
  • ECLC and Gesher: Masks must be worn at all times by staff, indoors and out. Masks must be worn by all other visiting adults indoors, and outdoors when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained. Children must wear masks indoors but can remove their masks outdoors with distancing.
  • All unvaccinated congregants must wear masks indoors, and outdoors when chanting or singing or when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
  • For vaccinated congregants, masks and distancing are not required, except as provided above (in services and with respect to ECLC and Gesher).
  • While not requiring proof of vaccination from our congregants, we ask that everyone act in good faith with regard to their vaccination status and our COVID policies.

Our policies will continue to evolve in coordination with developing state and Cal/OSHA policies.  We appreciate your cooperation and support.

 

TBT OPERATING PRACTICES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDAMIC FOR WORSHIP AND GATHERINGS

revised July 5, 2021

 

General Principles

This document is based on our best attempts to balance the safety of congregants, clergy, staff, and visitors with the desire to move toward post-COVID programming and temple functions, with safety taking precedence.  We will continue to analyze scientific data available to the public, as well as federal, state, and local public health mandates. Because our focus continues to be to ensure the safety of our community, and because of the recent spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, our recommendations are to keep in place stricter safety measures than current California regulations and CDC recommendations. Nevertheless, as our reopening measures are adopted in phases, continuous monitoring will occur to evaluate changing regulations and the consequences of the measures.

 

Each individual congregant or guest who visits TBT must decide on a personal basis if it is appropriate to physically be on the temple campus.  Every visit to TBT (or anywhere else) necessarily carries some increased risk of contracting COVID-19 compared to staying isolated. Since some will decide that their physical presence carries unacceptable risk for themselves or their families, we will continue to stream as many functions as possible.  The decision to go to the temple or stay home should be based on applicable factors: 

  • Personal risk: 
    • Factors that increase personal risk with COVID-19 include diabetes, increased age over 65, obesity, and other medical problems such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure (CHF), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  
  • Your vaccination status.
  • And finally, the two reasons a person MUST ABSOLUTELY NOT come to the temple:  You are currently ill or have any Covid-related symptoms. Or, you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks. 

 

Covid Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, readily available, and 100% free. 

The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) emphasizes that immunization is a matter of social ethics and responsibility. Immunization is not just for the sake of the individual, but for the sake of the community.  The CCAR recently passed a resolution in which:

  • it urges its members and members of its communities to be vaccinated, unless ineligible or medically disqualified; and
  • calls upon all Reform rabbis and community leaders to be role models by obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine.

Therefore, we are recommending all of the members of our TBT community be vaccinated when eligible unless medically disqualified. We are also requiring all staff to be vaccinated unless medically disqualified.

 

Practices

Basics

For all events and religious services:

  • There will be an alcohol-based sanitizer dispenser and masks at the welcome desk. 
  • Signs at the entry point of the property will confirm the requirement for face masks for every participant: “Face Masks Covering the Nose and Mouth are required: (1) at indoor services by every attendee at all times, (2) unvaccinated persons: at all times indoors, and outdoors at all times when chanting or singing or when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained; (2) vaccinated persons: at all times indoors, except in small group meetings with other vaccinated participants. No exceptions.” 
  • Anyone unable or unwilling to wear a face covering as required will not be permitted to attend events or services in person and instead will be accommodated by the streaming of TBT’s activities and services online.
  • Vaccination status for congregants will be on the honor system.

 

Religious Services

Indoor Services:

    • Beginning Saturday, May 22, congregants may attend Shabbat morning indoor services in person. For those who prefer to stay home, the service will also be streamed.  Friday night services will continue to be streamed only. 
    • Chairs may be set up in two sections:  Vaccinated and Non-vaccinated. No space is required between attendees in the vaccinated section. In the other section, chairs will be set up in groups.  Unvaccinated family groups must remain 6 feet apart from each other.  Maintain at least 6 feet between the two groups.
    • All doors and windows will remain open to the extent possible to provide maximum ventilation.
    • Performers who are fully vaccinated can be without masks and no distancing is required to other vaccinated performers.  A 6 foot distance must be maintained to non-vaccinated performers and a 12 foot distance should be maintained to the audience. 
    • Masks must be worn by all attendees at all times, in the sanctuary and throughout the building.  
  • Signage should be posted on the doors of the sanctuary and building: Masks must be worn by all attendees at all times, in the sanctuary and throughout the building.

Outdoor Services:

  • Beginning April 1, some services may be held outdoors.  
  • For those who prefer to stay home, the service will also be streamed.
  • Chairs may be set up in two sections: Vaccinated and Non-vaccinated. No space is required between attendees in the vaccinated section. In the other section, chairs will be set up in groups.  Unvaccinated family groups must remain 6 feet apart from each other.  Maintain at least 6 feet between the two groups.
  • Performers who are fully vaccinated can be without masks and no distancing is required to other vaccinated performers.  A 6 foot distance must be maintained to non-vaccinated performers and a 12 foot distance should be maintained to the audience.
  • The wearing of masks and social distancing of at least 6 feet between unvaccinated family groups must continue through the service. 
  • No masks and no social distancing are required by vaccinated people.  

Outdoor Activities:

  • It is strongly recommended that Temple activities continue to be held outdoors.
  • No masks and no social distancing are required by vaccinated people. 
  • The wearing of masks OR social distancing of at least 6 feet between unvaccinated family groups must continue through the event. Masks are not required if social distancing is maintained. Social distancing should be maintained while eating.
  • Masks must be worn by all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated, while in line for food.

Indoor Activities:

  • As of July 10, 2021, limited indoor activities may resume.
  • It is recommended that only vaccinated people attend. 
  • No masks and no social distancing are required by vaccinated people. 
  • Masks must be worn at all times by unvaccinated persons, except when actively eating at which time a distance of 6 feet from all others must be maintained.
  • Chairs may be set up in two sections:  Vaccinated and Non-vaccinated. No space is required between attendees in the vaccinated section. In the other section, chairs will be set up in groups.  Unvaccinated family groups must remain 6 feet apart from each other.  
  • All doors and windows should remain open to the extent possible to provide maximum ventilation.

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