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Update: Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County’s Public Health Director, lifted the indoor mask mandate in our county. This decision was based on the following reasons:

  1. 80% of all County residents are fully vaccinated,
  2. COVID-19 hospitalizations are low and stable, in the judgment of Dr. Cody, and
  3. The 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases per day is at or below 550 for at least a week.

Accordingly, we are changing our masking policies from “required” to “recommended” at Beth Am. Our vaccination requirements remain in effect for individuals above 4 years of age, and proof of vaccination will still be required and verified for all those attending events in person.

This change applies to all indoor and outdoor settings, with the exception of Youth Education programs. In our Youth Education programs, masks will be optional outdoors but required indoors, for the time being. Additionally, we will still require very young children (2-4) to wear masks (indoors and outdoors) for all events because they are not yet vaccinated.

We know that many in our community are unable to attend events in person for a variety of reasons. As such, we will continue to offer hybrid programming whenever possible, including Shabbat services and Torah study. We will continue to encourage outdoor programming where possible. At this time, we will allow events with food (e.g., kiddush luncheons, Oneg Shabbat) to take place indoors or outdoors.

With gratitude for your partnership in keeping our community safe and healthy,

Rachel Gibson, Chair, Re-opening Committee
Jay Hirsh, President
Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison
Rachel Tasch, Executive Director

Thu, May 26 2022 25 Iyar 5782