Covid-19 September 10, 2020 Update: What is open at TBS?

Orange County has shown forward progress in the response to the coronavirus outbreak. As of Tuesday, September 8th, Orange County has moved from the Purple Tier (“Widespread”) to the Red Tier (“Substantial”) –

Overall, this is great news and our community is moving in the right direction. According to industry guidance, TBS is technically allowed to resume indoor activities at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. However, in an abundance of caution, we will continue to minimize our TBS indoor activities wherever possible.

Our High Holy Day services (Selichot, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur) will all be virtual. If you would like to visit the Memorial Wall, you may schedule a time on 9/24 between 10am-1pm and 9/26 between 12-3pm. We are also in the process of upgrading our HVAC filters to a higher, MERV-13 filter for better air filtration in our high traffic indoor areas. And finally, this Saturday we celebrate Sarah Charles being called to the Torah for her Bat Mitzvah. We have outlined some important updates below:

Camp Sholom Katan – Camp Katan ended in late August. It was a great summer where the kids had a lot of fun and got a chance to interact. Developing and running a safe and successful camp program helped us prepare for the upcoming school year in the ECC

Early Childhood Center (ECC) – Our ECC is open and using modified guidelines for childcare facilities. We have almost 40 kids on campus every day, with a capacity to increase to 60 as the need arises. In my last message, we were considering opening a Kindergarten classroom. Unfortunately, due to lack of interest this year, we will not be having a Kindergarten class. Please contact our ECC Director, Tamara Levin, with any questions regarding the school year.

Religious School – Our first day of Religious School is this Sunday, September 13th and we will start the year out virtually. Our Director of Youth Education, Johannah Sohnhas had preparatory Zoom sessions with some of the younger kids and they are very excited

High Holy Day Services – By now you should have received information about our upcoming High Holy Day Services. Since they will be a virtual format this year, you will need to register to gain access. You can find detailed information at

Shabbat Evening Services – While we do not have a definitive reduced capacity reopen dates, we will continue to exercise great caution. Orange County must show continued improvement for us to consider further reopening. For now, we will continue to live stream our Shabbat services and we will continue to find ways to keep our community involved:
o If you would like to make announcements during a Friday night service, please contact Mitch Cohen.
o Cantor Reinwald is offering the opportunity to “Pass the Spices” by leading our weekly Havdalah service, the separation of Shabbat and return to the rest of the week. If you would like to lead, please contact the Cantor and he will set you up with everything you need — including recorded music.

Shabbat Parades – This has been a successful bi-monthly event and it has been so good to see everyone driving through. Next week, September 18th, will be a special Shabbat Parade as we will be passing out round challot for Rosh Hashanah. If you are interested in sponsoring a parade or playing live music for our attendees, please contact Ruth Aptaker

Temple Office – At this time, for the safety of our members and staff, we will continue to be open by appointment only. Please contact the office by email or leave a voicemail if you need assistance
As always, please be assured that we are trying to keep TBS safe and secure. The preservation of a life is of utmost value in Judaism, and we value each one of our members. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out directly to me or Ruth Irving. I will continue to update you as we create additional plans and as the health crisis evolves.

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