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Health and Well-being Protocols

Health and Well-Being Protocols 
Updated September 14, 2021 – 23 Elul 5781; Unchanged as of 10/28/21

Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy in the time of COVID-19. We’re using the best scientific data available to make decisions about the health and safety of our community. Please note that the protocols below will change as conditions and scientific understanding change. 

CBH is asking everyone to sign the Brit Briyut, which is our Covenant for Mutual Well-being. Signing the Brit means that you agree to follow the protocols below. We expect that everyone participating in CBH events (including children and non-members) will follow these protocols.

What is CBH doing to ensure safety during gatherings?

  1. We will have gatherings outside as much as possible; CBH restrooms will be available on those occasions.
  2. Our services and programs will be multi-access experiences as much as possible, especially for indoor events. This means you’ll be able to participate in-person or online. 
  3. Eating and drinking will happen outside only. If a child needs a snack and the weather does not allow going outside, the child must leave the sanctuary and consume the snack in the front room. Kiddush and Ha-Motzi can happen inside, since they involve taking off masks briefly.
  4. We will be doing routine cleaning and sanitizing inside and outside. Hand sanitizer will be available at all events.

What do I need to know if I attend a CBH gathering in person?

  1. Don’t come if you feel sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. Everyone must wear a mask inside. If you’re not vaccinated (including kids), you may not come inside the building except to use the restrooms (with masks).
  3. Unvaccinated people (including kids over 2) must wear a mask at outdoor gatherings; others are strongly encouraged to mask.
  4. If we plan to be outside, but need to move inside due to weather, only vaccinated people may enter.
  5. If you have a special circumstance, please reach out to Greg Lawrence ( BEFORE attending any event in-person.

What are the chorus and band doing?

  1. Only vaccinated chorus members and band members can attend in-person rehearsals and services.
  2. Chorus and band members are asked to confirm their vaccination status.
  3. Chorus members can sing without a mask when outside (socially distanced) but must mask inside.

What do I need to know for life cycle events?

  1. To keep people safe, our preference is that you plan an outdoor event. Whether your event will be indoors or outdoors at CBH, the number of participants will be limited. The current capacity for indoor lifecycle events at CBH is 46 people.
  2. If you plan an outdoor event, you’ll also need a plan for bad weather. If that plan involves moving inside, everyone will need to wear a mask.
  3. If you host your event inside, we will share it on Zoom. This means that fully vaccinated people can attend in-person, and anyone who is not vaccinated must attend online, including children.
    • Exception: unvaccinated children under 12 who live in the same household as the celebrant may attend inside. Everyone over 2 years of age must be masked; masks are not recommended for children under 2.
    • Brit Mitzvah exception: Up to six children under age 12 (including siblings and cousins only) may attend inside, with 6' social distancing. This number may change.
  4. The chorus will not be singing at lifecycle events.
  5. Eating and drinking will happen outside only. Kiddush and Ha-Motzi can happen inside, since this involves taking off masks briefly.
  6. It is the responsibility of the host to communicate these guidelines to guests.

What is CBH doing to ensure safety for the CBH Community School?

  1. We’re using outside spaces when possible, staggering recess times to have fewer students on the playground at once and keeping everyone physically distant inside. Masks are required inside. We’re also opening windows and doors to increase air flow.
  2. Family Minyan will be held outside approximately monthly, weather permitting; family units will be distanced from one another. On other Sundays, we will have Morning Minyan - each podded class will say morning prayers together in their individual classrooms with their teachers. 
  3. Kate is tracking COVID-19 cases within our school. She will let anyone who has been in close contact with an affected person know about a potential exposure, keeping names anonymous. 

What do I need to do for the Community School?

  1. Parents of students in the Community School must sign the Brit Briyut.
  2. Send your kids to school wearing their masks. Kids and teachers must mask the whole time, apart from eating or drinking.
    • Don’t attend if you feel at all sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Don’t attend if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. The task force defines "close contact” as being with an infected person indoors, maskless, within 6 feet, for 15 minutes or longer. You may come back after 10 days if you have a negative COVID-19 test, or you’ll need to wait for 14 days.
    • Notify Kate if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 so she can let any close contacts at CBH know (keeping your name/your child’s name anonymous).
  3. Only vaccinated people and kids not yet old enough to be vaccinated (under 12) may attend Community School events indoors.
  4. Drop-off and pick-up in the morning and afternoon will be by carpool; parents will not enter the building to escort their children inside. Parents are expected to remain in their vehicles. If it is a morning on which we are having in-person family minyan on the playground, parents can park and go with their children to the playground.
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