Regarding the Coronavirus and Virtual Programming

important information for you to know

Please note that we all of our services and events have transitioned online during the pandemic. We will continue to update you on our website and our facebook page as we move through this uncertain time. Our community is here to support you and your family, so please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Hinei ma tov u’ma na’im – shevet achim gam yachad. How nice and pleasant it is when we – friends and family –  sit together.

Yes, you read that right. The time is coming when we can once again sit together to daven on Shabbat. Using great caution and adhering to careful guidelines, including pre-registration, we are planning to welcome a limited number of people into the shul for Shabbat morning services, starting on Saturday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m. and continuing thereafter, barring any massive changes in policy. To begin, capacity will be limited to no more than 30 people, and pre-registration is required. As the weeks progress, the limits will be raised according to current guidelines and health events. We know how important it is that people can start gathering again, especially in a worship setting. We have faith in your intentions for wanting to reenter the shul and trust that you will respect others’ boundaries.

What to know if you’re thinking about attending

  • These Saturdays will involve Shabbat services only; no Kiddush luncheons for the time being.
  • Services will start at 9:30 a.m. The entrance doors will open at 9:15 a.m. Please avoid clustering in common areas
  • There is plenty of room to spread out in the sanctuary. You can sit where you are comfortable. Certain rows will be blocked to remind people that distancing is still recommended.
  • The service will be slightly shorter that in pre-COVID times and may look a little different than we all remember.
  • It will also be livestreamed via the CST website and Facebook page for those who aren’t ready to attend in person.
  • We asked that attendees exit the shul promptly following the conclusion of the service – no lingering inside.
  • We have hand sanitizer at strategic locations throughout the building.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned regularly throughout the morning.
  • Please no wandering or gathering.

Masking and distancing

In order for those who are fully vaccinated to remove masks and monitor their own distancing, we (CST) are required by current mandate to verify vaccination status, which will be done upon registration. People who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks and maintain physical distancing when inside the building. Many who are vaccinated may still choose to remain masked and distanced, and that’s OK too. Not everybody is ready to hug again quite yet.

Attending with children

Since the vaccine is not available for children under the age of 12, we must ask families attending services with children to remain masked and distanced at all times. There is ample space in the sanctuary to sit apart from others. Children under 12 teens may not leave the sanctuary without a parent or be unaccompanied elsewhere in the building. This is for both health and security reasons.

Ready to sign up? We can’t wait to see you, masked or not.

Visit our services page here for links to sign up. 

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Programming (in person & virtual)

We hope you’ll join us for our programming during the week and our Shabbat Services every Saturday. Please use the links below to find out more about these programs and events or check out our calendar.

Click on the links below to check out information on virtual events and services.

Prayer Books

If you would like to download prayerbooks so you can participate in any of our services, the Rabbinical Assembly is generously providing the PDF’s of them. We ask that you please honor their requests of not distributing them, that you only print up to three copies for personal use, and that they are only used during this unique time.
Click here to go to the download page.

The books you will want to get are:

  • Siddur Sim Shalom Shacharit Weekdays
  • Siddur Lev Shalom Shabbat Morning
  • Lev Shalem (For Saturday Morning & Passover Services)

Updates & Concerns

We will be continuing to update you as new information becomes available. Facebook and email are the best method for quick information. We will do our best to update our website, so please check this page for new information. If you are not on our weekly email list, and would like to be, click here.

If you have any concerns or need our assistance, please reach out to Jemi, our Executive Director at, executivedirector@shaarietorah.org or try our office at (503) 226-613`1. We will do our best to continue answering the office phones. 

please note

  • All morning minyanim are held on Sunday, Monday, and Thursdays at 8:00 am, all services are virtual and the link can be found here. 
  • All Religious School and Wednesday Night School classes are being held virtually; find more information about our education program here
  • Virtual Torah Study is held every Friday at 12 pm along with several other Adult Education programs. Check here for the full schedule and links. 
  • Saturday Morning services are in person and online, streaming on our website as well as on facebook live; sign up for Services in person or watch streaming, here. 
  • Board and other committee meetings are currently being held on zoom. If you are interested in being updated with information about these meetings and more, please sign up for our weekly email newsletter, here.
  • We have expanded our Chesed offerings and are reaching out to members through phone calls, to offer support during this uncertain time. If you are interested in being a part of the Chesed volunteer team, please reach out to Jemi, here.

Now it is more important than ever that we stay connected. Members of the kehillah are making calls, checking in on each other, offering to help as needed. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Rabbi Rose is available for pastoral care and conversations: rabbirose@shaarietorah.org or contact Jemi, our Executive Director at, executivedirector@shaarietorah.org.

We deeply appreciate any support you can give in this time. To donate to our operations, please click here. To make a tribute donation, in honor or in memory of a loved one, click here

Our office is currently closed to visitors. Questions? Give us a call or send us an email. We currently have limited office hours but leave us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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