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Temple Sinai Safe Gathering Policies


Safe Gathering Policies—Update

Thank you all for helping us to keep our community safe. Temple Sinai’s staff and lay leadership are revising our policies and procedures to allow congregants to gather safely, including our preschool and religious school students and teen program participants. Our ongoing efforts start with monitoring Alameda County rules and guidance, which changes with the impact of COVID-19 and its variants and includes our goal to protect the safety of the most vulnerable members of our community.

On November 1 Alameda County eased masking requirements in certain indoor settings where everyone is fully vaccinated. However, given the mix of smaller, recurring, “closed” groups (i.e., adult choir, Wise Aging, and temple board) and larger, open gatherings (i.e., first and third Friday Shabbat services) we will maintain the simple, consistent, policy of requiring everyone to be masked when in Temple Sinai.

While we do not currently have a vaccine mandate (proof of vaccination requirement) for gathering at the temple it is under consideration. For now, the following protocols are in effect:

  • Small groups with consistent attendees may be required to show proof of vaccination to the group leader.
  • For larger “open” group events and religious services, proof of vaccination will not be required.
  • For events that occur in the chapel, when possible, we will attempt to provide space in the Sacred Garden for those who prefer to be outdoors.
  • When possible, we strive to have a virtual option for our services and programs.
  • We strongly encourage every eligible, unvaccinated person to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • No one should attend an event if you are feeling ill.

Temple Gathering Protocols and Informed Risk

  • Everyone must decide what their personal risk tolerance is. (The level of risk you are willing to take when 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 infection, despite requirements for masking and social distancing, and our updated ventilation system. Even vaccination, which is the most effective way to prevent serious illness, does not offer 100% protection against infection. There may be people in attendance who are not vaccinated.

If you have not been vaccinated yet, you can learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at, including frequently asked questions and where to get vaccinated.


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