This page provides the latest information on how COVID-19 is impacting life at PTS. Spoiler alert! It has not stopped PTS from coming together for worship, learning, and community.

A message from Jon Herstein, President

These past many months, I have enjoyed hearing your stories and seeing you on Zoom for our many PTS programs and Shabbat experiences. Although I would prefer to be together in person with you, I am proud of our community for remaining connected and am optimistic about our ability to support one another no matter the state of the world.

During our extended Shelter in Place, some members of the greater community are choosing to opt out of congregational life. Instead, I invite you, our PTS community, to opt in. Let your voice be heard, your soul be nourished, and your support strengthen our Jewish community. I encourage you to use this time to try new PTS programs and experiences and to reach out to your fellow congregants to say hello or send a warm wish. If you would like to get involved, but are not sure how, please contact Ayelet Shapiro, Director of Community Engagement.

PTS COVID-19 related updates

November 25, 2020 communication
October 14, 2020 communication
July 7, 2020 communication
March 26, 2020 communication
March 16, 2020 communication

Status of onsite PTS activities

Updated: October 1, 2020

PTS is committed to keeping our staff and congregants safe while maintaining the important activities and events that hold us together in sacred community. While most programming is currently virtual, we hope that you will use this time to deepen your relationships and connection to Jewish life. Please click each item below to see more details. Also, see the PTS COVID-19 related updates using the links above.


Shabbat and Festival Worship

During Shelter in Place, PTS continues to offer vibrant worship experiences. Kabbalat Shabbat occurs every Friday evening via Zoom, and is followed by a “virtual oneg” so you can connect with your clergy and fellow worshipers. Festival worship is also taking place online. Highlights from PTS High Holy Days 2020 can be found here.

For security, we do not post links on this web page. Instead, members, please log in to the PTS calendar to view the Zoom links and/or find the links in your weekly Schmooze. If you are a guest, you are more than welcome to join us! Please contact for Zoom link

Lifecycle Events

PTS clergy continue to perform lifecycle events, including weddings, funerals, baby namings, and b’nai mitzvah. Most of these events are being held virtually and our clergy are finding ways to build meaning that is unique to an online environment. Virtual b’nai mitzvah began at PTS in late August, with families selecting from using their homes or the PTS sanctuary as their Zoom location. If you are a b’nai mitzvah family, you can learn more here. If you would like to discuss an upcoming lifecycle event with one of our clergy, please contact Lindley Rubero for assistance.

Pastoral Care

Our clergy is available to assist with care for your family. Please leave a message at the Temple office (650-697-2266) and someone will get back to you soon.


We have been fortunate to be able to open our preschool, under very strict guidelines and with a smaller number of students. Kudos to all of our preschool staff for managing our word-class preschool in this unusual environment. For more information about the PTS preschool, visit

Youth Education

We are actively monitoring state and local guidelines to determine when it may be appropriate to offer in-person Youth Education. At this time we feel we can offer safer, more inclusive, and more meaningful programming online rather than onsite. We look forward to the situation improving so that we can move our program to PTS once again. When the staff and COVID-19 Task Force decide that it is safe to do so, we will endeavor to give you two months notice so that you can make appropriate plans

How can you support PTS?

Although we lost most of our in-person contact for much of this year, the Temple clergy, staff and volunteers continued on as before. Working to provide all of the services we’ve come to expect, often in completely new and highly engaging ways. Believe it or not, this crisis has also been an opportunity to rethink how we worship, pastor, act and engage. I know our clergy and staff will continue to make the most of it. I can assure you: operating the synagogue virtually requires as much care, thought and expense as running it the “old-fashioned way.”

Please consider donating to the COVID-19 Recovery Fund to show your commitment to the ongoing vibrancy of our community, and enable us to not just survive, although that is critical, but to thrive.

Do you need assistance?

PTS cares deeply about you and your well-being during this COVID-19 time. If you need help or are looking to connect, please reach out to Rabbi Feder or Karen Wisialowski, Chief Community Officer {link}. Our clergy, staff, and fellow congregants are here for you.

COVID-19 resources

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