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Bais Abraham Congregation Covid-19 Policy

Update (2-24-22)


Throughout the COVID pandemic, Bais Abraham has remained committed to being a home for the religious, spiritual, and social needs of our community, providing both in-person and remote opportunities for connection. While we will continue to work to make sure that our in-person services and events are as safe as possible, we also recognize that with the Omicron surge subsiding, we have an opportunity to return to serving food at Bais Abe, which is a crucial tool for building community.  


With this in mind, we will continue to require that anyone 5 years of age and older entering the building be fully vaccinated, including applicable boosters. Further, we continue to require that everyone 2 years of age and above wear a mask in the building, and we strongly urge everyone to wear a well-fitting, high-filtration mask (such as a KN95 or N95 or equivalent mask). Whenever possible we will provide such masks in the lobby. While people will obviously need to remove their mask in order to eat, we ask that they do so only while sitting and actively eating and that this be for as short of a time as possible. Children too young for a vaccine are welcome at services and kiddush, but are asked to sit and eat at designated tables with their families.  Bais Abe will also provide "to-go" kiddush options for those who do not wish to stay and eat. We are acutely aware that it is impossible to make a medical policy for the shul that meets everyone’s individual preferences, personal risk tolerance, and medical needs. To make this a bit easier for those unwilling or unable to eat in the same room as others, we will delay serving food after Shabbat services for approximately 10 minutes to allow some time for attendees to socialize before anyone is eating.  


Please note that the pandemic-related policies for Bais Abraham are provided as being generally safe for many, but the policies and allowances therein should not be considered as medical advice. Moreover, they should not take the place of consultation with your own physician(s), who will be better able to address your own individual risks and needs. For those still unable to attend events in person for the time being, we hope to see you soon on Zoom, and G-d willing in-person again whenever you are comfortable returning.


Note: We define "Vaccinated" as having received all CDC recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, if eligible, as FDA authorized or approved for each person’s age.  (Those too young to be eligible for the vaccine are still welcome to attend, as detailed above.)

For an infographic on proper masking, please see here.


Wed, May 25 2022 24 Iyyar 5782