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Update: Friday, June 27

Dear Friends,

As we enter our fourth month of sheltering in place, Beth Am’s leadership continues to carefully consider the health and safety of our community. Our Recovery Planning Team (led by Executive Director Rachel Tasch and Board Member Rachel Gibson) has been working to develop and implement the procedures needed to re-open safely, in a deliberate manner. The current status of our re-opening plan is as follows:

  • Our campus facility continues to be closed, with the exception of the small preschool that rents space, and essential tasks performed by office and custodial staff. Clergy and most staff work remotely.
  • The clergy are planning to lead Erev Shabbat services from our Outdoor Chapel (without congregants in attendance) beginning in July.
  • B’nei mitzvah services will continue to take place from home, allowing the B’nei Mitzvah to chant from a Torah scroll they bring home from Beth Am.
  • We are preparing to be able to host small religious ceremonies (primarily small weddings and memorial services) in compliance with the Santa Clara County Order, which limits us to 25 individuals gathering entirely outdoors, without food or singing allowed, and with full contact tracing.
  • In July, when we welcome Rabbi Jeremy Morrison as our new Senior Rabbi, we will offer many opportunities for our community to get to know him in small and large group settings online.
  • The fall semester of Youth Education programs is being planned as a combination of in-person and online sessions, the specifics of which will be communicated with Youth Ed families when registration opens later in July.

For up to date information on how Beth Am is managing COVID-19, please visit the Beth Am COVID response page.

As the re-opening plan expands to include other small groups and/or in-person worship, we will share the procedures for returning to campus for those events. Due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we must build flexibility into every plan we make. For now, we will continue to offer a wide array of events, programs, and services online.

Over the summer, we will host a series of Summertime Chats to provide a forum for conversation on important issues related to the congregation, including the High Holy Days and re-opening the campus. The first of these informal discussions will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 7:00 PM. We hope you’ll join the conversation ​​​​to learn more and to ask your questions about these and other topics.

We hope you are finding ways to feel connected, cared for, and embraced by our caring community. Please remember — if you have been impacted financially, you can request assistance from our Emergency Relief Fund.

Shabbat shalom,
Beth Am Leadership

Sun, August 9 2020 19 Av 5780