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Service Guidelines

Dear friends,

1. In Person Services

Outdoor Services: Friday Kabbatlat Shabbat Services 
Outdoor services take place at the CBS Founder's Glen (1455 Elm St. Napa, CA 94559) beginning May 14, 2021

2. Who can attend?

A. To attend our outdoor services, one must meet ALL the following criteria:

  • Be completely free of any COVID-19 symptoms as described by the CDC. Anyone with any of the following symptoms cannot attend:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Unexplained rash or discoloration of fingers and toes
  • Anyone who does not feel well may not attend, even without these specific symptoms.
  • Do not attend services if you have had close contact with someone who has recently or currently displays upper respiratory or flu-like symptoms or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

B. If you have been infected with COVID-19 or have had close contact with an ill individual with the above symptoms, do not attend services for at least two weeks after last contact with this individual. 

C. One may not have traveled by plane or undertaken any activity in which you had close contact with unmasked individuals in a high risk setting in the past 14 days.

D. Those over the age of 65 or in a high-risk group (i.e. diabetic, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, or other underlying health condition, etc.) must consult with their physician in order to attend.

E. Attendees must be over the age of bar/bat mitzvah.

3. How do I join a service?

  • We will be giving priority only to:
    • Those in the week of shiva or shloshim.
    • Those who are saying kaddish during the year of mourning or on a Yahrzeit.
    • All exceptions are at the discretion of Rabbi Goldstein.
  • You must use our signup link to attend a service 
  • Confirmation will be sent to you after signup and a reminder will be sent to all attendees 24 hours before the service.
  • One may not attend a service unless they have signed up online beforehand. It is important for us to ensure we don’t exceed our maximum capacity (35) and that we can also track everyone who attends each and every service.
  • If you do not turn up for your pre-booked spot, your ability to book future spots may be at risk. If you need to cancel, you must do so no less than 6 hours before the start time by canceling on the SignUpGenius app or by emailing the CBS Synagogue Director at

4. Some of the Service protocols

Prior to the service:

  • Siddurim will be provided, participants are welcome to bring their own. Please bring your own tallit and relevant items.
  • Arrive and leave in a timely manner (preferably one by one) for the sole purpose of davening; no conversing/socializing with others or congregating during services or outside on the street afterwards.
  • Wash your hands before coming to services. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and should be used upon entry and leaving.
  • Everyone will be able to take a designated, socially-distant spot that will be laid out for you.
    • Stay in your designated location from when you arrive until when you leave; members of the same household can share each other’s space.
  • There will be limited access to restrooms based on space.
  • During the service:
    • Wear a mask, covering nose and mouth, the entire time you are present at the service (please bring your own).
    • People keep at least 6 feet of distance from each other.
    • The services maybe shorter with minimal singing.
  • There will be no food served. Please do not bring any food or snacks.
    • One may bring a small bottle of water for themselves.
  • For outdoor service: if it rains, the service will be canceled and participants notified.
  • After the services:
  • There is to be no socializing after services. Please leave the service quickly and quietly after conclusion.
  • Immediately notify the office ( if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms/concerns. Do not wait for more formal medical consultation and/or testing for confirmation. Do not attend services again until the symptoms and concerns are resolved, as determined by a competent medical professional.

Please remember that we are dealing with an important health emergency – anyone who is not following the above guidelines will not be allowed to attend services. Additionally, community discipline at large is required for these services to continue, and for us to progress to subsequent stages as time goes on.

As we take this significant step towards resuming in-person services, let us each commit to doubling our efforts to reach out to one another, and most especially to those whose opportunities for social and communal connections have been significantly reduced by this pandemic. Whether praying alone at home, connecting to prayer virtually, or attending these services in person, we pray that God hears our prayers wherever we are found.


  • Please arrive on time for the start time of the service.
  • Due to the limited space and availability, Shabbat services are by reservation only.

Returning to CBS

With the low COVID case rates in Napa and the high uptake of COVID vaccinations in the local community, we are taking our next steps towards returning and reconnecting with each other.

  • Prior signups are required at as there are limited spaces
  • After a trial period, we will begin to move the other services/programs with limited gatherings outdoors based on local and state guides.
  • Masking is required; wearing a double, multi-layered or a KN95 mask is strongly encouraged. If you are not fully vaccinated, double, multi-layered or a KN95 masks are mandatory.
  • There will be no access to the kitchen, sanctuary, or library.
  • Socializing or loitering afterwards or at any time is not allowed.

At the conclusion of the Torah service we beautifully pray to God – “Renew our days as of old.”  Our return to Shabbat services is a small symbolic step in that direction.  With vigor we plead to God in prayer: Just as we return to You, we ask that You return to us too.

Thank you for reading and respecting our guidelines.

Please click here to RSVP for upcoming services. Note that due to limited space we ask that you allow for all community members to have a chance to register.

Sat, May 8 2021 26 Iyar 5781