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Update: Friday, August 27, 2021

Dear Congregants,

Due to the local rise of the Delta variant and the FDA full vaccine approval for adults, the Beth Am Reopening Committee met earlier this week to review and revise our COVID protocols and make sure we are implementing the latest expert medical guidance. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has approved a set of revised COVID protocols, as listed below at the end of this message, effective today.

For services and other programming at Beth Am, we now require people to be fully vaccinated to attend gatherings in person, and we also require masks at all outdoor gatherings, as well as indoors.

We believe these protocols make it low risk to attend an outdoor service for most vaccinated people who are otherwise healthy. If the situation changes and the medical experts tell us to do so, we will close the campus again and return to streaming and Zoom.

Each person's situation is unique and what may be risky for one person may be relatively safe for another. We recognize that many people are choosing to be more cautious, especially if they are anticipating needing a booster shot, have young children at home, or have other health issues that make them more vulnerable.

For people who are unvaccinated or are not comfortable with our COVID protocols, Beth Am continues to provide meaningful opportunities to participate virtually for worship, Torah study and the many events that are held on Zoom or via livestream.

If you have any questions regarding the COVID protocols, please see the COVID-19 Response page on the Beth Am website.

Questions about High Holy Days? Please attend the Information Session on Sunday, August 29, from 7:00-8:00 PM, by Zoom at this link. Full details are available on the High Holy Days area of the Beth Am website. Don’t forget to register as soon as possible using this form if you plan to attend High Holy Day services in person.

Shabbat Shalom,

Jay Hirsh

Beth Am COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for Participants (updated 8/27/2021)

1) Any person who is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 must be fully vaccinated in order to attend services and other Beth Am programming in person. The requirement doesn’t apply to those under 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccination. As 12-year-olds become eligible for the vaccine, they will have 3 months after their birthday to complete the vaccination process.

2) In-person attendees should bring proof of vaccination to all in-person events, either as a hard copy or photocopy of their vaccination card, a photo of their vaccination card on their phone, or a digital vaccine record. A negative COVID-19 test result will not substitute for proof of vaccination. Attendees may be asked to show their proof of vaccination for access to some or all Beth Am events, as decided by the Executive Director or Senior Rabbi. Self-attestation to verify a person’s vaccination status will not be accepted.

3) Anyone who is unvaccinated and is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 should not attend in person and may instead participate virtually for worship, Torah study, and the many events that are held on Zoom or via livestream.

4) Face coverings (masks) are required for everyone regardless of vaccination status when attending programs and events at Beth Am, both indoors and outdoors. The Executive Director or Senior Rabbi may make exceptions for small group gatherings held outdoors, and during the time one is eating or drinking. California Health Department exemptions for facing coverings apply: persons younger than two years old; persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask; persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

5) These protocols shall be reviewed by the Reopening Committee at least every six weeks and may be updated if case numbers decrease in our area or upon updated guidance or scientific evidence.


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