Building Reopening & 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.

  • Vaccinations All adults and children 5 years old and older must be vaccinated to enter Netivot Shalom.
  • Masks  Everyone over 2 years of age must wear masks indoors.  The masks must be N94, N95, KN95 masks, a cloth mask doubled with a surgical mask or some equivalent to these. Masks are optional outdoors, including in the courtyard, and for the Darshanim while giving the drash.
  • Shabbat Services  There is seating both indoors and outdoors.  Those not vaccinated can attend services via zoom.  We will not require social distancing, but encourage you to continue to practice social distancing where possible.  
  • Kiddush We have resumed Kiddushim following Shabbat services!  Food may be pre-plated or served buffet style.  Food may be served indoors, but all food and drink must be consumed out of doors. If food is served indoors, you must wear your mask when being served. Everyone must dispose of their own dishes, cups, napkins, etc.  
  • 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 at all times.
  • Meetings/classes 
    • Masks Masks are highly recommended for everyone attending any meeting or class in the building.  For small groups, if the group decides masks are optional, the group can abide with that decision. That exception does not apply during office hours or when the Preschool or Youth Programs are in session. At those times, masks are required.
    • Other rules There is no eating or drinking allowed indoors. Vaccination rules outlined above must be followed. Groups meeting in the building are welcome to bring their own equipment and manage remote participation.  There is no staff or equipment available to offer hybrid participation for meetings and classes. We strongly encourage each class and committee to poll its members/participants to determine whether to return to in-person sessions or to remain on zoom.
  • Office We now have office hours should you need to come by the building. 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, if you need to come into the building at another time.  Masks are required for entry into the building.
  • 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 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

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

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