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COVID Safety Guidelines for B'nai Mitzvahs in October and November

Updated COVID Guidelines and Restrictions for Bar Mitzvah Services: October and November

(Updated 10/05/21)

1.The B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies will be held inside the sanctuary at the UU Center unless other arrangements have been made.

2. Our B’nai Mitzvah families may have to limit their guest list. Inside the sanctuary, the capacity limit is 110 people or 70 households. 

3. We will ask people to sit in household pods with at least 6 feet of distance between pods.   

4. For services inside the sanctuary at the UU Center, we will require all eligible people to be vaccinated.

5. We will require Rabbi Katie, Alison, ensemble singers and one clarinetist, as well as the B’nai Mitzvah student to have a negative COVID test within 3 days of the ceremony.  This could be one PCR test or  a rapid test kit. After these negative results, Alison, Rabbi Katie and the B'nai Mitzvah student can then remain unmasked during the service. 

6. All guests and participants in the service will be required to wear masks during the ceremony.  

For those participating in honors that include singing, such as chanting the aliyah blessings, we will require KN95 or N95 masks during the time of the honor (we can provide these specific masks on location for those who need).

7. Parents who wish to give their blessings for the B’nai Mitzvah student may do so unmasked if they have tested negative within the past 24 hours. (Or Shalom will not be providing these Covid tests.)

8. Families should provide a list of expected guests to Ben (, as the SFDPH requires us to track attendance.

9. Or Shalom requests guests to refrain from coming if they have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 positive cases. We also ask that the family contact Or Shalom to let us know if any guests subsequently learned that they may have been sick with COVID while at the ceremony. Please contact Ben at

Sat, October 23 2021 17 Cheshvan 5782