Updated 5/27/2020

Dear Shul Families,

In the past few days, the President of the United States, the Governor of the State of California, and today 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.

Click here for the Governor's COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies.

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 YouTube.

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. Face masks will be required to be worn at all times while at the Shul. Please bring one from home.
  3. Everyone must keep a safe social distance while at Shul, including but not limited to, entering and exiting.
  4. We ask that there is absolutely no congregating before and after Davening.
  5. For this first phase of Shul opening, children under the age of bar and bat mitzvah should not attend the Services (with the exception of the first day of Shavuos AFTERNOON – See Shavuos Schedule). This will be revisited as we continue on the path of reopening.
  6. No food will be served and no food should be brought in.
  7. If you have fever, a cough, a cold, or feel ill or sluggish in any way, please do not attend Services.
  8. If you have been in proximity of someone diagnosed in the past 14 days with Covid-19, please do not attend Services.

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 bring your own Talis.
  4. Please only use the Siddur you will find on your chair. Hold it throughout Davening and leave it on your chair upon exiting. Other Siddurim will be used on the 2nd day of Shavuot.
  5. Davening time will be shortened for this first phase of opening. Sermons will continue on Zoom for now.
  6. The Rabbi will announce during Services how Torah reading, Aliyot and Hagba will work.
  7. Restroom usage should be limited, when and if possible. We will have someone there to disinfect often.
  8. Children may attend the Outdoor Torah reading on the First Day of Shavuot (Friday) at 5 p.m., provided parents can assure social distancing and/or hold infant for the Service. Children under the age of 2, may not wear a mask. Children over the age of 2 can wear a mask but it will not be mandatory for children ages 2-8.

If you do intend on joining for any of the three Shavuos 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 only be done by emailing me. Do not text or leave me a voicemail. In your email, please let me know how many will be attending from your family and for which of the three services.

Friday - First Day of Shavuos
Services at 10 am-12 Noon
Shachris, Torah Reading of the Ten Commandments and Musaf

Unfortunately, children under the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah may not attend

Friday – First Day of Shavuot
Outdoor Service at 5 p.m. (45 Minute Service)
Torah Reading of the Ten Commandments
Children Welcome (Provided Parent Can Assure Social Distancing)

Shabbat – Second Day of Shavuos
Services at 10 am-12 Noon
Shachris, Torah Reading, Yizkor and Musaf

Unfortunately, children under the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah may not attend

I look forward to greeting all of you back at Shul at the time you deem fit!

With best wishes,

Rabbi Moshe Bryski

Click here to reserve for Shavuos and Shabbos Minyanim.

Disclaimer: Chabad of Agoura Hills 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!