March 16, 2020: A message from Executive Director Spencer Parks

Dear Friends,

Today, like you, I’m startled by the rapid changes in everyday life caused by the rise of the COVID-19 coronavirus. I’m writing to let you know how we at Menucha are reacting.

The things I had planned to tell you – the particulars of how we are mitigating risk of spreading the virus at Menucha – have taken a back seat to Governor Brown’s prohibition of gatherings larger than 25 and discouragement of gatherings of 10 or more.

We are complying with all government requests. None of the groups booked for visits in March are coming. We’ve also cancelled all of our own programs in faith and music through the end of April. We are communicating with group leaders for April and beyond about their options.

We are taking one step at a time, dealing calmly with today’s realities and looking toward the future with hope.

We ask that you hold Menucha and our staff in your prayers, just as we are holding each of you in ours. Even though physical touch has been discouraged, let us then open our hearts with acts of love and compassion wherever we are.


Previous Posts about Coronavirus

Should I be concerned about contracting coronavirus while at Menucha?

While we think, at this time, the risk of contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Menucha is minimal, we are monitoring the situation. Should something change we will contact group leaders and program participants.

Menucha is actively following guidelines from the:

According to all these entities, the best methods of prevention are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

We are being even more diligent in cleaning and have alcohol-based hand sanitizers on-hand as well as plenty of soap, water and paper towels.

We encourage guests coming for our programs and other planned events to assess their health -if you are not feeling well, contact your group leader or, for Menucha-sponsored programs -contact Lori (, to make arrangements to stay home.

In the case of Menucha-sponsored programs, we will transfer your registration to the next offering of that program.