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Temple Sinai Safe Gathering Policies and Implementation

With the direction and support of our Welcome Forward Task Force, which includes experts in public health, Temple Sinai has decided to adopt vaccination and masking policies aligned with the CDC, California Department of Public Health, and Alameda County guidelines for indoor events. This will also bring Temple Sinai in line with the policies being practiced in local public schools. Below is the latest update to our policies which have evolved over the course of the pandemic.

Updated COVID Response Policies as of September 2, 2022:

  • Beginning Friday, September 2, wearing a mask at Temple Sinai is highly recommended, but will not be required for attendance at in-person events inside the synagogue. Masks such as KN95, KN94, or other medical grade N95 masks are recommended for the best personal protection and protection of others.
  • All Shabbat and holiday services will be in-person with streaming options.
  • For High Holy Days at the Paramount, masking will be optional, but again highly recommended. There will be a section reserved for those who want to mask and remain physically distanced from unmasked persons in the theater.
  • Events with food and buffet meals are allowed in the building. We have purchased special tables with sneezeguards to promote food safety.
  • When possible, outdoor seating for events involving food will be available.
  • We will monitor infection rates and public health recommendations and update masking and other guidelines as needed.

We realize that not everyone in our community has the option to make the same choices. There are some in our community for whom the risks of COVID are severe, especially for those who are immunocompromised. We are proud of the way our community has rallied together to help protect the most vulnerable among us.

We remain committed to our multi-access model (online and in-person) for as many of our worship services, programs, classes, and community events as possible, so that everyone can participate whether in-person or at home. In the weeks and months to come, we know there will be a variety of comfort levels concerning masking and whether to join the community in person. Let us respect and honor one another as we continue to navigate COVID as a community.

Informed Consent and Informed Risk
Everyone must assess their own personal risk tolerance for attending events in person. While Temple Sinai is taking every reasonable precaution, by attending group events or religious services, you understand that the Temple cannot guarantee zero risk of exposure, despite requirements for vaccination, masking and social distancing, and our upgraded ventilation system. Even vaccination, which is the most effective way to prevent serious illness, does not offer complete protection against infection. There may be people in attendance that are not vaccinated due to contraindications.
Our goal is to protect the safety of all members of our community, including its most vulnerable. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you can learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at including frequently asked questions about where to get vaccinated.

Many thanks to our Welcome Forward Task Force for guiding us as we have navigated pandemic-related policies over the past two years.

If you have questions or comments about our policy, please contact Terrie Goren, Executive Director, at or Jon Braslaw, Congregational President, at

We look forward to seeing you at Temple Sinai soon!


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