Pivoting Again on Services
You’ve heard the expression “people plan and God laughs”? Sadly, this is exactly where we are today. Last week, when we shared the Congregation Beth David Board of Directors’ decision to allow for indoor services, we said that should the COVID-19 situation change, we would quickly pivot and alter our plans. Much to our dismay, that is what we have to do.
Yesterday, the Task Force for Reopening had one of our most difficult meetings since our inception 15 months ago. In addition to considering the rapidly changing COVID-19 statistics, we factored in the recent recommendation from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Order released on August 2. Section 4.2 says, “Businesses and governmental entities should move operations and activities outdoors where possible, where there is significantly less risk of COVID-19 transmission.” We could not in good faith continue the plan for indoor services with this very clear recommendation from our Public Health Department. You may read the full Order here – https://covid19.sccgov.org/order-health-officer-08-02-2021-requiring-all-to-use-face-covering-indoors.
Of course, Rabbis Alpert and Roller were centrally involved in this discussion and decision. To hear more on this difficult decision directly from Rabbi Alpert, please see this video https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/a7wRaz-_rubhTemyqxietQh9O-wAFsfIo0Q4KSDRYbigwK1KrVniHrKnPqYzHV-8.a5nXM0VZY-hKGGEU?startTime=1628190334000
The plan is that from August 7, and for the foreseeable future, we will continue to hold outdoor Shabbat services, with a participatory Zoom component. While we do not require that participants be vaccinated for outdoor services, we urge you to accept the Jewish obligation and ethical imperative to keep yourselves and each other safe by getting vaccinated against COVID-19 if medically eligible to do so. The rules for our upcoming outdoor services will remain the same as they have been for previous outdoor services, requiring masks for everyone, regardless of vaccination status and pre-registration. Seating will return to socially distanced pods. If you wish to sit with people who are not part of your household, please be sure to register to sit together in the same pod.
We have also made the decision not to have indoor services for the High Holy Days. While we do not know the specific details yet, we can assure you that we will have meaningful options for all, adults and children. Options will absolutely include Zoom and possibly outdoor components as well. Technology, security, weather, and space are among the factors we are considering in this planning process. Please stay tuned for more information as it is decided.
Again, we thank you for your patience as we grapple with the ever-changing situation. We wish everyone good health which is the most fundamental part of this decision.
All the best,Rabbi Jaymee Alpert
Rabbi Nathan Roller
Wendy J. Glasser
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HOSTING AN IN-PERSON EVENT DURING COVID-19
If you would like to host an in-person Beth David event, please plan ahead as the process now involves the following:
- The event host submits an Event Request to our Event Review Work Group.
- The Request will be reviewed, and if is in accordance with current State, Santa Clara County and Beth David guidelines, the workgroup will bring it to the Board for approval.
- Upon Board approval, the Office staff proceeds with regular intake process (contacting host, calendar, publicity etc.)
If you would like to proceed, please click here
Roadmap to Reopening Update
Report to Board of Directors on Congregational Survey on Programming during the time of COVID
We appreciate all of your feedback and narrative comments. Your input will surely help us to improve our programming going forward.
Roadmap To Reopening Task Force Formed