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Congregation Shomrei Torah Reopening June 1, 2021

We are excited to announce that on June 1st, CST will resume in-person Saturday morning services and Torah Study. Services will also continue to be available via Zoom or Streamspot for people who are more comfortable participating from home, see our CALENDAR for details..

Please read below to see how it will work (and for some motherly advice):

  • Wear a sweater. Services will be held inside, in the sanctuary, with windows and doors open.
  • Plan ahead. Attendees must register in advance, CLICK HERE to register for Torah Study, CLICK HERE to register for Saturday Morning Shabbat, or you may register by calling the office at (707)578-5519.
  • Get your shot (or test). Registrants must complete a health form, including verification of full vaccination status or a negative COVID test within 72 hours.
  • Cover your mouth (and nose). Attendees are required to wear a face mask. The Rabbis and Cantorial Soloist will take off their masks when speaking or singing, but everyone else must wear a mask throughout the service.
  • Keep your distance. Attendees must sit six feet apart from other people (the room will be arranged to allow three people in the same family or ‘pod’ to sit together).
  • Close your mouth. Only the Rabbi and Cantorial Soloist can sing (we know this is a tough requirement, but if you can’t stop yourself from singing, please plan to join us virtually from the comfort of your home!).
  • Eat before you come! No food or drink will be served, not even Kiddush wine or challah (with the exception of the Rabbi and Cantorial Soloist).

Some life cycle events and other small group gatherings will also take place in-person, and subject to the same restrictions. Additional information is available in the detailed reopening plan below. While the office won’t be open for in-person visits yet, please CONTACT A STAFF MEMBER with questions or for assistance.

We appreciate your understanding and your willingness to comply with these requirements, as we take the first steps toward full reopening. We can’t wait to see you walking through those Golden Doors.

Special thanks go to the COVID reopening task force -- led by Board member Dave Fichera and including Dr. Josh Weil, Dr. Russell Sawyer, Erica Magers, Jillian Navarro, Ann DuBay and Paul Berlant – who spent many hours developing a thoughtful Phase 1 reopening plan to ensure your safety and the safety of other congregants.


 

Phase 1 Reopening Plan Details, Effective June 1, 2021

On April 6, 2021, Sonoma County moved into the Orange Tier on the COVID-19 colored risk level system included in California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy which allows for places of worship to open indoors with “50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.”  Additionally, Governor Gavin Newsome has announced that the California economy will "completely reopen" by June 15, 2021 if current trends continue. 

In light of these developments, Congregation Shomrei Torah will begin Phase 1 of reopening on June 1, 2021. 

  • Phase 1 will only include Saturday morning services, Torah study, classes, and life cycle events, and small group gatherings.
  • Masks will be required indoors and outdoors (with the exception of Rabbis and/or the Cantorial soloist during services who will be a minimum of 15 feet from congregants, fully vaccinated, and have a negative COVID test within 72 hours of services).
  • Staff will return to working on site as directed by CST Executive Director. 
  • Capacity will be limited to maintain six foot social distancing between individuals or family groups.

This applies to outdoor and indoor spaces including classrooms, offices, and restrooms.

  • Reservations will be required to attend all events.
  • A positive health check will be required to enter the building.
  • All attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before attending an event.

Attendees will attest to their vaccination status or negative COVID test on the reservation and/or health check form.

  • There will be no congregation singing during phase 1.
  • Food and beverage consumption will not be allowed during phase 1, even Kiddush wine and challah (except Rabbis and the Cantorial soloist).
  • A ventilation assessment will be completed and recommendations implemented.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented.
  • Musical rehearsals must adhere to guidelines provided in the California Department of Public Health Guidance for Indoor Performances.
  • Zoom hybrid and streaming will be offered for all in-person events and classes to allow those at home to interact and participate.

 

Click Here for community Covid-19 resources.

 

December 2020 Update

Since we expect our home on the hill to remain closed through the winter season, the recently created CST Covid re-entry team will spend this time preparing, beginning with evaluating when and how to reopen as safely as possible. Our rabbis and board members are concerned about our health and safety; our goal is to reopen when it is safe for all of our congregants, from the most hardy to our most vulnerable.

Throughout history, Jews have faced and overcome adversity; with seasons of damaging wildfires, Sonoma County Jews have certainly had our share. During these dark times, we have come together to pray, comfort, support, and heal. At the beginning of the pandemic, Rabbi George and Rabbi Stephanie seamlessly transitioned to an online platform to continue to provide comfort, care and connection to our members. With the assistance of our dedicated staff and volunteers, our rabbis have been working to ensure that our community continues to thrive during these challenging times.

COVID-19 is yet another opportunity for our community to support each other, albeit this time from afar and often via Zoom. If you have not already done so, we urge you to explore all of the enriching online opportunities available for CST members to pray, learn and gather together.

The CST Covid re-entry team — Co-Presidents, Paul Berlant and Ann DuBay, Dave Fichera, Erica Magers, Jillian Navarro, and Rabbi Stephanie Kramer — will keep you informed about our progress in sculpting our reopening plan based on local and state guidelines. In the meantime, remember that we are a strong and loving community and will continue to learn, pray, and flourish during this difficult moment in history.

The CST Virtual Choir offers Ahavah 

With the hope it brings you comfort and peace during these unprecedented times.

Tue, June 15 2021 5 Tammuz 5781