COVID-19 Policy

Updated June 1, 2023

Our COVID policies draw on core Jewish values, such as respecting life, fostering inclusion, building community, respecting knowledge, and valuing science. Drawing on these values, Kerem Shalom’s Board of Directors, in consultation with our COVID Task Force and our members, has adopted the following policies for all services and synagogue-sponsored events in our building.

For Adults

  • Attendees should be fully vaccinated: Everyone entering the building should be fully vaccinated and up-to-date on their booster shots.
  • Masking is optional: In light of the end of the official COVID emergency and changes in masking policies at most local healthcare facilities and hospitals, Kerem Shalom does not require attendees to be masked.
  • We welcome those who choose to mask or join us remotely for services and programs offered online: While we no longer require or encourage masking, we strongly support and welcome members and guests who, for a variety of reasons, choose to wear masks or attend some services and events online.
  • Stay home if you test positive: If you test positive, stay home for at least five days and do not attend in-person functions for the isolation period described in the CDC’s guidelines.
  • Stay home if you don’t feel well: Even if you tested negative, please do not come to Kerem Shalom if you’re not feeling well. 
  • Wear a mask if you’ve been exposed: If you have been exposed to someone with COVID, you may come to events but you should follow the CDC’s guidelines, including wearing a high-quality mask for at least 10 days after the exposure. 
  • Assess Your Own Situation:  If you have any concerns about attending an in-person service or event at Kerem Shalom you should evaluate your personal risk by reviewing this information from the CDC and, possibly, contacting your healthcare provider to discuss your situation.

For Children:

Key Metrics

In setting the policies, the Board, Task Force, and staff regularly review key metrics and guidance from federal, state, and local officials.  If key metrics change in notable ways and/or if public entities modify their recommendations, the Board, Task Force, and staff will consider whether any of these policies need to be modified or changed.