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PJTC Updated Health & Safety Protocol

Dear PJTC Congregants,


Your Clergy, PJTC Staff, and Executive Committee continue to collaborate and answer the challenge of the COVID-19 global pandemic by finding ways to serve you while keeping our staff and community as safe and healthy as possible. A Safety & Security Task Force has been created to specifically address congregant needs, and is continually reassessing our protocols.


We have instituted updated health & safety protocols, and will update them as the health crisis changes, 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 [last updated - 10/6/2021]:



Shabbat and Holiday Services & Events


  • We will continuously reevaluate future events in light of the advice of public health authorities.

  • Upcoming special services and events are beginning to open up for limited in-person attendance, generally with an accompanying virtual option when available. 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

  • UPDATED as of 10/6/2021:*Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test obtained 72 hours prior to attendance is required for all adults, including anyone with an underlying medical condition that prevents vaccination. 

  • NEW as of 10/6/2021: If a service or event is small, with under 50 people, anyone between 2-11 years old unable to be fully vaccinated may attend services without a negative PCR test. Teens/adults who are not able to be vaccinated for any other reasons may still attend with a negative PCR test upon arrival or taken within 72 hours. All other protocols including masking and social distancing still apply.

  • Shabbat services will continue on our regular schedule – 7:30pm Friday, 9:30am Saturday. All services will be available by live streaming video, with limited in-person attendance.

    • Live stream URL for all services:

    • Masks are required for all congregants while on PJTC premises, as well as children ages 2+. No gators, no bandanas, and no masks with valve will be allowed. Attendees who are not wearing their mask correctly covering both their nose and mouth will be handed written notes/reminders from ushers and/or board members.

    • Children under 2-years-old are permitted to attend services as long as they are seated on the lap of a parent/guardian.

    • A limit of 120 people are allowed in the sanctuary for Shabbat and B'nai Mitzvah services.

    • Minimized people on the Bimah with increased/maximum distancing possible; All clergy, Davening Team, Torah readers, Gabbai, and Shofar blower(s) will be without masks when they are singing, reading Torah, or blowing Shofar and will require a negative COVID test regardless of vaccination status.

    • Those on the Bimah must remain at least 20 feet away from congregants in the pews, to allow singing/chanting without a mask. Whenever those on the Bimah need to get closer, masks must be worn.

    • No Torah procession in any service.

    • Any Shofar blown will have a protective covering minimizing the blowing of secretions and will be blown in a direction away from the congregation.

    • Health questions will be asked upon reservation and posted the day of attendance.

    • Pods must maintain 6 feet distancing between each other in the pews.

    • No more than 3 people are permitted in each restroom at any given time.

    • Children must be supervised at all times.

    • Congregants are encouraged to “soft sing” while in services.

    • NEW as of 10/6/2021: All food and gatherings are encouraged to be held outdoors. If the weather does not allow this, then food and gatherings may be permitted in teh social hall with a limit of 120 people. Social distancing is required as well as masking when not actively eating or drinking.

    • NEW as of 10/6/2021: Any food served must be individually plated, boxed, etc. or if buffet, servers must be used to reduce contact.

High Holy Days Services


  • An attendance cap at 275 people for any one High Holy Day service with encouragement to stay for “your” favorite part.

  • We are replacing babysitting with the use of the Prayground with parent supervision for children 5-12 years old.

  • Services will be shortened when possible.

  • No food will be served for Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast.

  • Service at the LA Arboretum will be outdoors and all are required to wear masks correctly.

  • Tickets will be available at the door upon arrival.


Weekday Campus Operations


  • Staff and/or clergy members, along with limited volunteers, are working onsite at PJTC, following health & safety protocols.

  • All who come to campus are asked to practice safety protocols such as frequent hand washing, avoiding physical contact, keeping a social distance and wearing a mask (ages 2+).

Youth Education & Programming


  • Please visit the LBSRS web page for detailed information about the upcoming 2021-22 religious school year.

  • Please check back soon for updated B’nai Mitzvah tutoring/preparation and USY meeting/event guidelines. 

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; please check back soon for updates.

  • Regular Center activities, such as weekly basketball and juggling, are suspended at this time. Please check back soon for updates.

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:



*Proof of vaccination requires congregants to show their vaccination card. Showing the card can be accomplished one of the following ways:

a) Upload vaccination card here. Just like many other synagogues, we will not store the card. Rather, we will check a box that indicates proof of vaccination. The upload will then be deleted. It will never be transferred or kept in our system OR

b) You may email a picture of your card to Beryl at which will be deleted promptly upon processing OR

c) You may set up a zoom or FaceTime call with Beryl by contacting her at OR

d) You may bring your card to services and show it upon entry. PJTC staff or hired security guards will check the vaccination card at the front door. 

Should a congregant not have proof of vaccination, a PCR test must be taken within 72 hours of any service they plan to attend. The negative PCR test result must be presented upon entry or the congregant will be asked to return home to join virtually. 



Wed, October 20 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782