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Health and Wellbeing Protocols

CBH is committed to promoting the health and well-being of our community, our staff and our guests, while also engaging in a vibrant communal life that is inclusive and equitable.  As such, we are committed to balancing ongoing risks related to COVID-19 with resuming certain communal activities.  This approach, informed by the scientific expertise of our COVID Task Force, recognizes that different events may have different risk profiles, and that different individuals may have different risk considerations and preferences.  Therefore, we must accommodate both in our protocols.  As a result, our overarching COVID-19 protocol is supplemented by specific protocols for certain types of groups and activities. Not all options will be available or comfortable for every individual.  But by offering different options, we hope to meet most people’s needs as we navigate through the ongoing pandemic.  

As new information becomes available about the virus and its variants, the rates of COVID-19, the effectiveness and availability of and eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines and the potential need for booster shots, these protocols may change.  

CBH is asking members to commit to a Brit Briyut – Covenant for Well-Being, and as part of that commitment to abide by the following protocols developed in consultation with the CBH COVID-19 Task Force and approved by the CBH Board.  All participants in CBH activities, including children and non-member guests, are expected to abide by these protocols. 

Overarching COVID-19 Protocols

Administrative Protocols

  1. To the greatest extent possible, CBH will provide multi-access experiences for the congregation—with online options when gatherings are held on-site. 
  2. CBH will make maximal use of outdoor spaces to allow for greater flexibility regarding in-person participation when feasible and appropriate.
  3. CBH will carry out routine cleaning and standard hygienic practices in our indoor and outdoor spaces.  
  4. At least initially, the serving of food and beverages will be limited to “bring your own” or individually packaged items.

Individual Protocols

  1. CBH staff, members and guests are obligated to refrain from participation in CBH events in person when experiencing symptoms of respiratory or infectious disease, especially fever or chills, cough, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste and/or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea.  
  2. CBH supports the use of masks and physical distancing when preferred by an individual, and when required by specific CBH protocols.  Masks are always permitted*, and an individual’s decision to wear a mask should not be questioned.
  3. Individuals who are fully vaccinated** for COVID-19 may participate in CBH events without wearing a mask if they feel comfortable doing so in accordance with the more detailed protocols below.  
  4. CBH members who are not able to comply with CBH’s overarching or specific protocols and would like to discuss the possibility of an exception based on their unique circumstances are asked to speak confidentially to Julie Lakric (

* Note that masks are not recommended for children under the age of two. 
** Full vaccination occurs two weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.  Note that children under the age of 12 are not currently eligible for vaccination.

Protocol for CBH Staff 
CBH staff who are fully vaccinated are able to resume normal activities, including participating without a mask at CBH or CBH-sponsored events, if that is their preference.  

Protocol for CBH Chorus 
In-person, group singing has been identified as an activity that presents a higher risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, and therefore chorus members are asked to positively affirm that they are fully vaccinated prior to participating in person in the chorus. Once positively affirmed, fully vaccinated chorus members can sing in-person, both indoors and outdoors, without a mask.  

Protocol for Outdoor Events, Gatherings and Services
Scientific evidence to date indicates that outdoor settings are safer because transmission rates of the virus are lower. Therefore, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people are welcome to attend CBH events held outdoors.  
For participants who are not fully vaccinated, masks are required at outdoor events that are large or crowded. These are events at which physical distance (at least an arm’s length apart) cannot be maintained.  Participants who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask when singing at outdoor events.  
Inclement weather may require moving a planned event indoors, at which point, the indoor event protocols apply.  

Protocol for Indoor Events, Gatherings and Services
To protect the health of unvaccinated individuals, indoor events will be also offered as multi-access experiences. Fully vaccinated individuals are welcome to participate in person; masks are not required but are welcome.  At this time, unvaccinated people are invited to attend indoor events virtually.   

Protocol for Multi-Generational and Life Cycle Events 
Multi-generational and life cycle events are more likely than other types of events to include children under 12 who are not currently eligible to be vaccinated, as well as older individuals who are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 and experiencing more severe disease.  To address this more complicated risk profile, there are a few specific protocols for multi-generational events.  

For multi-generational events  planning outdoor and/or smaller events is preferred.  If an event is held outdoors, the protocols for outdoor events apply, with a few additional considerations.  Outdoor events must include a plan for inclement weather.  If these plans include moving indoors, the indoor protocols for multi-generational and life cycle events apply.

Multi-generational events that are held indoors (including inclement weather plans for outdoor events as described above) will be offered as multi-access experiences, with the option for fully vaccinated individuals to participate in-person.  Children under 12 from the same household as the life-cycle event celebrant(s) are considered an exception and can attend in-person with a mask.  For Brit Mitzvah ceremonies specifically, up to six children under the age of 12 including siblings, cousins, and close friends may participate in-person with masks and physical distancing.  Families are urged to consider limiting in-person participation of unvaccinated children to those who are from the local community to reduce the risks to unvaccinated individuals associated with travel.  Due to the need to ensure unvaccinated people are protected by physical distancing, the number of participants for an indoor event that includes up to 6 unvaccinated children may have to be further restricted.

CBH members planning multi-generational events are expected to communicate these protocols to their non-member guests. 

At this time, the chorus will not be participating in multi-generational or life cycle events indoors. 

Protocol for Community School 
Protocols for the 2021-2022 Community School year are currently under development. We will announce them to the community as soon as they are finalized.

Protocol for High Holy Days
High Holy Day 2021/5782 services will be on Zoom. In addition, we will  have some in-person, outdoor gatherings during the High Holy Day period.   

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