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PJTC Updated Health & Safety Protocol

Dear PJTC Congregants,


We know that the recent emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is unsettling and impacting everyone’s lives. Your Clergy, PJTC Staff, and Executive Committee have collaborated to answer the challenge of COVID-19 global pandemic by finding ways to continue to serve you while keeping our staff and community as safe and healthy as possible.


We have canceled or moved “online” various events, as well as created updated health & safety protocols, taking guidance from two principles taught in the Talmud: Pikuach nefesh dohe Shabbat – Action required to save a life supersedes the requirements of the Sabbath; and, Kol Yisrael arevim zeh b’zeh – We are all responsible for one another.


We have also gathered some resources to help support our community during this time. Please click here to access them.


Please find our updated event information and health and safety policies below:


Shabbat and Holiday Services

  • Shabbat services will continue on our regular schedule – 7:30pm Friday, 9:30am Saturday. All services will be available by live streaming video only. Live stream URL for all services:
  • Upcoming special services and events will either be postponed or made available online, as possible. Please check our  calendar of events and our Weekly Eblasts for updated information. If you would like to be placed on our eblast subscriber list, please email
  •  B’nai Mitzvah celebrations: All B'nai Mitzvah celebrations at the temple are postponed until further notice. 

Weekday Campus Operations

  • Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending campus access. Office Volunteers are asked not to come in at this time.
  • Although there will occasionally be a staff and/or clergy member located onsite at PJTC, we have encouraged our staff and clergy to work remotely whenever their work permits them to do so. PJTC’s lay leadership is so very grateful to our staff and clergy for their dedication to our spiritual, physical, and emotional well being -- all at a time when they personally are dealing with the same impacts as the rest of us.
  • All who come to campus are asked to practice safety protocols such as frequent handwashing, avoiding physical contact, and keeping a social distance.
  • Meetings and events for affiliate organizations and committees on campus are suspended at this time; for those groups who still wish to meet, we encourage members to do so via video conference. Please contact Beryl if you would like assistance setting up video conferences or conference calls.

Youth Education & Programming

  • Youth programming is happening virtually! Check your email for newsletters providing information.
  • LBSRS will continue for the scheduled school year; however, on-campus classes and non-class events will be suspended at this time. Online materials will be made available for all LBSRS families to continue learning at home, and teachers will be in touch with families on a regular basis to help students stay on track. Further details will be provided to families by our Education Director.
  • All tutoring for B’nai Mitzvah will continue using video conferencing until two weeks prior to the celebration, when on-campus meetings will be available.
  • All USY meetings and events are postponed at this time.

Pastoral Care

  • Clergy, staff, and volunteers will continue to meet the needs of our community in a timely and safe way. Please call PJTC if you or someone you know is in need of our care and attention.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, clergy and other caregivers may prioritize phone calls over in-person visits.
  • Members facing financial hardships due to current events are encouraged to contact PJTC regarding membership dues and other fees.

Adult Education & Programming

  • Adult education classes that can be taught online, such as the Miller Introduction to Judaism class and the Adult B’nai Mitzvah class, will continue online; all on-campus classes are suspended at this time.
  • Regular Center activities, such as weekly basketball and juggling, are suspended at this time.

Special Events

  • All PJTC events scheduled through April 2020 are canceled or postponed at this time. The Whitman Gala has been rescheduled to August 29, 2021.
  • We will continuously reevaluate future events in light of the advice of public health authorities.

If you have questions or concerns, are struggling in any way, or you just need someone to talk to at this challenging time, do not hesitate to contact us at PJTC. Please remember, we are committed to serving you through this difficult time, and we are all in this together.


We send our blessings and pray for good health,


Your PJTC Leadership Team



Contact Information:

General: (626) 789-1161,

Beryl Strauss, Executive Director:

Stacey Sharp, President, Board of Directors:

Rabbi John Carrier:

Cantor Ruth Berman Harris:



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