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Covid-19 Articles & Resources


Below is a sampling of Jewish, regulatory and scientific articles and a video on COVID-19 and reopening of synagogues.


From Vox, 6 Feet Away Isn’t Enough.  COVID=19 Risk Involves Other Dimensions, To, by Brian Resnick, June 16, 2020

From (M stands for Michigan), From hair salons to gyms, experts rank 36 activities by coronavirus risk level, June 8, 2020

From The Forward – The Rush to Return to our Sanctuaries is Misplaced, by Rabbi Aaron Brusso, May 26, 2020

Published on – Thinking about Reopening?  10 things synagogue leaders should consider, by Barry Mael, USCJ, May 26, 2020

From The Mercury News, Newsom sets strict rules for reopening California churches, in-store shopping and public protests, May 26, 2020

Published in The Atlantic, Social Distancing is Not Enough, by Derek Thompson, May 22, 2020

Published on, The Risks – Know Then – Avoid Them, Updated May 20, 20020

From NPR KQED, 13 USS Roosevelt Sailors Test Positive for COVID-19, Again, May 16, 2020

From The Forward, High Holidays 2020:  Rabbis start to think outside the synagogue, by Ari Feldman (staff writer), May 13, 2020

Published in the Washington Post, Experiment shows human speech generates droplets that linger in the air for more than 8 minutes, by Joel Achenbach, May 13, 2020

Published on – No Large High Holiday Services This Year.  There, We’ve Said It.  Now What?, by Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett, May 10, 2020

Published on – Jewish Values Regarding Physical Reopening of our Institutions, by Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal, CEO of USCJ, May 4, 2020

From the Secure Community Network website – Resumption of Operations and Organizational Reopening Working Group


Order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara County, Current Health Order (updated regularly)

Santa Clara County Chart on “What’s Open” as of June 5, 2020

California COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies – May 25, 2020

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ABC News clip about success in Missouri with face coverings – June 8, 2020,