Update as of November 24, 2020


Effective November 14, San Diego County moved into the restrictive Purple Tier due to an increased rate of COVID-19 cases. Thanksgiving and the holiday season are upon us and, as COVID-19 case counts rise in San Diego County and much of our country, it is our goal to keep everyone that comes to Beth Israel safe and healthy. We continue to keep a close eye on the guidelines set forth by the county, state, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We remain vigilant about enforcing our on-campus protocols and procedures.

In order to further keep our staff and students healthy throughout this time, we asking for our families’ partnership to reduce the impact of what happens when our students are not on campus. The following are protocols that we ask all staff and families to follow:

  • All individuals, students and staff, who travel outside of the state of California or country are asked to refrain from coming onto the Beth Israel campus for 14 days upon return, per the State’s Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel.
  • If anyone within a household is self-quarantining or has been required to quarantine for any reason, we ask that individuals, students and staff living within that household refrain from coming onto the Beth Israel campus for the duration of the quarantine.

Given the current trajectory of COVID-19 in our state and county, these plans are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of our Beth Israel community members and staff.

The observance of a travel advisory is not enough to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  We should all remain vigilant in following the protocols to ensure the well-being and safety of one another.  These include the following guidelines issued by our county relating to the holidays:  https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/holidays.html#Thanksgiving

Our safety planning utilizes the guidelines given by the CDCSan Diego County Public Health Department, and feedback from practicing physicians within the Beth Israel community. Restrictions on gathering sizes and limitations on vulnerable population’s participation will likely continue for awhile. These restrictions will be part of defining what we can and cannot do. As the guidelines change, our plan may change, too. If changes occur, we will communicate them.

Our first and foremost priority is the safety of our members and visitors, so we are taking the utmost precautions to ensure a smooth and gradual transition to on-site activities when possible while also providing a number of digital options. We pledge to continue to offer vibrant and inclusive pathways for remote participation.



As noted above, the movement to the Purple Tier does not currently impact in-person learning involving our schools., but as guidance is issued and continues to change, we will respond accordingly.

Students are not to come to the campus with any hint of an illness even if believed to be not Covid-related.  If the answer is yes to any of the following, please DO NOT come to Beth Israel. Instead, contact the appropriate school office.

  • Fevers 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
  • Have you had close contact in the last 14 days with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19?

Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool
The new preschool year commenced on September 8. Detailed action plans and protocols were created covering a myriad of areas, including limited class size, staggered pick-up and drop off times, health screening and temperature checks, and increased cleaning. These plans and protocols were done in accordance with guidelines issued by the CDC, San Diego County Health, state licensing and were further vetted with medical professionals and synagogue leadership. Staff underwent training on the new measures to ensure we are delivering the best possible care for our children.

Lee and Frank Goldberg Family Religious School
The 5781 school year began on Sunday, September 13. We have been conducting the school virtually with some on-campus small gatherings.


Shabbat Services
Currently Shabbat services will only be available via live stream and conducted outside. Saturday Morning Minyan and Torah Study are held virtually online indefinitely via Zoom. Need to download a Siddur? Click here!

Lifecycle and Pastoral Care
Effective November 14, B’nai Mitzvah services with the clergy office will involve a small on-site outside service. This will continue indefinitely. Clergy continue to provide not only pastoral counseling but support with a birth, death or other lifecycle events.  To reserve your private time slot with Rabbi Nevarez, contact Leanne Shawler. For Rabbi Bernstein or Rabbi Gimbel, contact Susan Hutchison .

Caring Community
Our Caring Community can also provide support and resources to those needing assistant. Contact Katey Lindley, Caring Community Director. 

Adult Education and Programming
For the immediate future, programs will continue virtually.


Visiting Beth Israel
Currently, visits to the campus are limited and require an appointment. 

Mandatory Facial Coverings and Health Screening Upon Entrance
During allowed visits, face coverings are mandatory for anyone over the age of 3. Prior to entering the campus, a no-touch thermometer will be used to check temperatures and visitors will be directed to review health screening questions. Anyone who shows signs of respiratory illness, a fever of 100 or above, a cough or shortness of breath, will be asked to leave the premises immediately. This is essential for everyone’s safety and well-being. 

Hygiene and Social Distancing
Handwashing and social distancing will be regularly encouraged. Hand sanitizer stations and pumps will be placed throughout the campus.  Signage will be employed to serve as reminders on important practices during the pandemic.

Beth Israel Cleaning Practices
Beth Israel is taking the necessary precautions and being proactive when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting the places and spaces used by members and visitors. During the closure prompted by stay at home orders, we focused on deep cleaning and general maintenance needs. The synagogue is employing additional measures to ensure that high traffic areas and human touch surfaces are regularly cleaned and sanitized.

Scheduling Events at Beth Israel
Initially, only small gatherings may be allowed and only if we can abide by guidelines required. If conducting a small gathering is possible within the restrictions, our Operations Event Manager Mendy Strebe can work closely with you to create an event that is both festive and safe.

Contacting Beth Israel
We are here for you, despite restricted operations. Currently, where possible, we are encouraging our staff to work remotely and are staggering their schedules should they need to come on campus, but we remain committed to supporting you in any way we can.  The easiest way to contact us is via email, which can be done via our website at www.cbisd.org. You can also call 858-535-1111. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message and one of us will get back to you as soon as possible.

California Department of Public Health Guidance for Houses of Worship May 25, 2020

Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)

Need more information? Contact Executive Director Lesley Mills at lmills@cbisd.org.