Updated 6/03/2020

In the past week, the State of California, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Board of Health, announced that faith-based services can open under certain conditions and guidelines.

In reality, we never closed. Yes, we refrained from being together physically under one roof - but our classes, tefilos, ahavas yisroel, and all of our programs, if anything, intensified greatly over the past three months.

Boruch Hashem, we have now reached the phase where we can slowly begin to host Minyanim. Classes for the time being will continue on Zoom and Facebook.

We understand that there are many different opinions regarding the reopening of Shuls. Please understand the following;

Those who feel more comfortable waiting it out a bit longer, are encouraged to hold off. It is still within the Torah’s guidelines of ושמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם (being extremely careful about our health), and thus not required to Daven with a minyan until they feel right about it. Resuming our Services, is in no way an indication that one opinion is more correct than another. It is simply the beginning of a slow recovery of which some feel ready for.

We encourage those who are 65 years and older or who have high-risk conditions to consult with their doctor about attending. If they have any concerns, they should not come and they should not in any way feel guilty about not attending.

Please review each of the following points:

1.   No one with the virus or any virus-like symptoms may come to the Services.

2.   If you have been in proximity of someone diagnosed in the past 14 days with Covid-19, please do not attend Services.

3.   All services will take place outdoors for now. 

4.   Face masks will be required to be worn at all times while at the Shul. Extra masks are available.

5.   Everyone must keep a safe social distance of 6 feet.

6.   We ask that there is absolutely no congregating before and after Davening.

7.   If bringing children, they must remain in their place alongside an adult throughout the entire service. Children will not be able to play on any equipment or roam around elsewhere.

8.   No food will be served and no food should be brought in.  

For those attending the Services, please read the following points: 

1.   Although we are all very excited to be back to our Shul and to our holy Torahs, please do NOT touch or kiss the Torah.

2.   Please use hand sanitizer before and after Services. We will have hand sanitizer available at entry and exit.

3.   Please only use the Siddur you will find on your chair. Hold it throughout Davening and leave it on your chair upon exiting. 

4.   The Rabbi will announce during Services how Torah reading, Aliyot and Hagba will work.

5.   Restroom usage should be limited, when and if possible. 

6.   If you do intend on joining for any of Services listed below, you must make pre-reservations. IT IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN PROPERLY AND SAFELY PREPARE FOR THIS. If you do not make prior reservations, I will assume that will not be attending. Pre-reservation can be done by emailing rabbisp@gmail.com or Call/Text 310-634-4516.

Disclaimer: Chabad of South Bay will do our best to keep our Shul clean and our Minyanim to the proper crowd sizes. However, it is of utmost importance to understand that leaving your home and being around others, does pose the risks involved. It is solely your responsibility to remain safe.

Ultimately, we are all at the mercy of Hashem and we should always pray that we all stay safe and healthy!