CEH Reopening Updates – Oct 2021

CEH is committed to providing a safe environment for in-person activities, guided by the Jewish values of Pikuach Nefesh (saving a life) and Shmirat haGuf (protecting our bodies). Our staff and volunteers are working to ensure a meaningful and accessible experience to everyone.

Here is the current protocol that is guiding all CEH activities.

Our Preschool and Religious School have specific guidelines that apply for their ongoing activities and are being shared directly with families enrolled.

  • Masks are required for children over two years old, when developmentally appropriate, and all adults regardless of vaccination status.
  • All CEH staff and teachers are vaccinated. If you can get vaccinated but haven’t yet, we strongly recommend you get vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you.

Specific Guidelines:

Indoor Activities

  • Participants > 11 years old must prove full vaccination status. A CEH Greeter will check from our vaccinated list or you may show a vaccine card or vaccine passport.
  • Children < 11 years old may attend if masked.
  • Participants must wear masks at all times, except for vaccinated participants who may remove masks when alone on the bima.
  • Food will be served or available in individual/prepackaged form.

Outdoor Activities

  • Masks are optional for outdoor congregational activities but are recommended for crowded events. (Masks are required for all participants in Religious School activities.)
  • Food will be served or available in individual/prepackaged form.

The Conservative/Masorti Movement, with which we are proudly affiliated, recently approved this Teshuvah in favor of vaccination, written by Rabbi David Golinkin (former CEH member):

“(…) since the discovery of the smallpox vaccine by Dr. Edward Jenner in 1796 it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that vaccines against infectious diseases save the lives of millions of people every year while only a very small percent experience complications or die. Therefore, there is a halakhic obligation for Jews to vaccinate themselves and their children, unless their doctors determine that it’s dangerous for that specific person to be vaccinated due to a pre-existing condition.

Similarly, it’s halakhically permissible for a school or a synagogue anywhere in the world or the government of the State of Israel to enact a takkanah or regulation that one must receive a vaccination and to prevent an unvaccinated person from entering a synagogue, a school, or a shopping mall.

May God help the doctors finish developing, testing and disseminating the vaccines against Covid-19 as soon as possible in order to save humanity from this terrible plague.”

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