Temple Re-opening Plans for In-Person Services

In-Person Services

We are pleased to announce that since the Summer Recess is coming to an end and the pandemic condition seems to have improved, it is time for us to gradually normalize the offering of our regular in-person services. We plan to resume these activities in several phases. Effective September 11, 2022, the following in-person services will be resumed under Phase I of the Temple Re-opening Plans:

Sunday Lectures and Question-Answer (Q&A) Sessions

Starting from September 11, 2022, Sunday lectures will be offered in person at the New Temple location, 2323 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. The timing for Sunday lectures will be from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm. Refer to our monthly bulletin for the Sunday lecture schedule. Sunday Lectures will be followed by the Q&A sessions. Please note that to ensure sufficient protection and safety of our congregation members, we will continue to follow our normal protocol requiring proof of full vaccination and mask wearing during the entire time when you are at the temple. We will also follow the six-feet social distancing throughout the temple as usual.

Vedanta Scripture  Classes

Beginning September 16, 2022, in-person Friday evening scriptural study classes starting at 7:30 pm will resume. These classes are held at the Old Temple located at 2963 Webster Street in San Francisco, CA 94123. Please note that we will follow the Covid related requirements in the same manner as stated under Sunday Lectures and Q&A sessions above.


Effective September 11, 2022, in-person Bookshop services will be available on Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and on Sundays after the lecture is over until 4:00 pm. Due to  limited space in the bookshop, we have some additional guidelines beyond the temple wide requirements stated above. Only four persons will be allowed in the bookshop at one time, and no children will be allowed for now. At busy times such as after the Sunday lectures, it may be necessary to wait outside the shop while others make their purchases. Thank you for your understanding.

Sunday School

In-person Sunday School activities are also scheduled to resume effective September 11, 2022 and will be held at the Old Temple located at 2963 Webster street in San Francisco, CA 94123. An option to attend the Sunday School Online will also be available. During the week of September 5, 2022, Sunday School teachers will be notifying the parents of the requirements that Sunday School students will need to follow.

Re-Opening of Child-Care Services 

Good News: Effective October 1, 2022, we plan to resume the offering of child-care services during Sunday lectures and special programs at the New Temple in San Francisco. In order to ensure safety and protection of our congregation, we will strictly follow the proof of vaccination requirement for each child brought in for child-care services. Also, please note that it may be necessary to measure the temperature of a child upon entering the child-care service area.

Re-opening of the New Temple Library and Other In-Person Services

We plan to achieve the Re-opening of, and complete normalization of, all our in-person services in future phases within the next few months. This will depend on the pandemic condition  as it continues to improve.

Please contact the Vedanta Society office at 415-922-2323 for additional details concerning all of our services.