Netivot shalom COVID Protocols

Our Covid Committee has been hard at work throughout the pandemic, devising effective strategies to keep our community as safe as possible. The Committee consists of staff and lay leaders, as well as medical and public health professionals.

We are heartened by the decline in COVID cases as a whole, and the loosening of restrictions, both statewide and locally.  As a result of the changing circumstances, the Covid Committee has adopted new rules, effective immediately.  Please note, these rules apply only to healthy adults and children.  If you are sick with any type of symptoms, whether or not they are associated with Covid, please stay at home.

Netivot Shalom remains deeply committed to accessibility for the immunocompromised. To that end, we will maintain outdoor seating options when appropriate, Zoom services on Shabbat and holidays, and many other events with Zoom capability. 

Masks  Masking is required throughout the building on Shabbat and holidays during services and gatherings of 50 or more people. Masks are optional at the bimah for all service leaders, leyners, etc. We will try to keep the sanctuary doors open to maximize airflow, but doors may be closed when it is cold, excessively hot or rainy outside. Masks are optional/recommended throughout the building at other times. N95 or KN95 masks continue to be recommended.

Shabbat Services  There is seating both indoors and outdoors, except during inclement weather. 

Youth Programs Children are welcome to attend services with their parents or attend our youth programs. Parents and adult caregivers are expected to supervise their children at all times, unless they are enrolled in a Youth and Family Education Program. Children, like adults, must wear masks indoors during services.

Meetings/classes Masks continue to be recommended for everyone attending any meeting or class in the building. 

Vaccinations We encourage everyone eligible to be vaccinated and get all available boosters.

Office The office is open daily from Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Contact Ken Schnur, Executive Director, at Ken@netivotshalom.org, if you need to come into the building at another time. 

We all rejoice for the return to some semblance of normalcy.  But we remain cautious — these rules are subject to change.  Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

  • The Covid Committee
    • Tamar Fendel
    • Katya Gerwein, M.D.
    • Brenda Goldstein
    • Rebecca Goodman
    • Judy Hahn, PhD., M.A.
    • Serena Heaslip
    • Rabbi Chai Levy
    • Ken Schnur

Other Ways You Can Help

We know that people will be impacted financially by this pandemic. If you’d like to make a donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary fund, please click here and choose Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund from the drop-down menu. Rabbi Chai will direct your donation to those impacted by Coronavirus.

If you have technological expertise in Zoom, live-streaming, or videography that would be helpful to our community at this time, please contact covid-19@netivotshalom.org and let us know how you can help out.

If you have other ideas for ways you’d like to help create connection and support in our community, please let us know at covid-19@netivotshalom.org.

Please continue to follow the recommendations provided by the CDC and the California Department of Public Health . We are grateful to the collective effort and sacrifice that so many are making to keep our communities safe and healthy, and we wish you all the best in this challenging time. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Zoom setup support for your Device

Zoom needs to be installed in different ways depending on the device. Below are directions that should help you navigate installation of Zoom for different devices.