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COVID-19 Decision Making

First and foremost, our decision-making is values-based, drawing on our deeply held values of kehilah (community)pikuach nefesh (saving lives, caring for the elderly, infirm and at-risk), and tzorchei tzibur (caring for the needs of the community).


Specific questions we ask to guide each decision are:

  • Have we used evidence and data to inform our decision-making, including consideration of health and government guidelines and advice from trusted medical professionals?
  • Are we taking a careful, measured approach over time that allows us to remain flexible  and to step forward and backwards as needed?
  • Can we provide any given  activity virtually, thus incurring zero risks for our members?
  • If we cannot provide this virtually, how essential is this, and can we minimize risk to congregants, clergy, and staff?
  • Can we provide ongoing monitoring to ensure that we maintain a healthy environment once open?
  • If and when we decide to offer an activity in-person, how can we make it most equitable for members who cannot risk in-person contact by offering comparable virtual alternatives?

We consider these questions first as we evaluate this non-exhaustive list of JRC program areas.

  • Ritual Life: Shabbat Services, Holidays, and Life Cycle Events
  • Pastoral care
  • Religious School and Youth Group
  • Preschool and early childhood programming
  • Family programming
  • Adult programming
  • Tikkun Olam activities
  • JRC garden
  • Sign-up parties and fundraising events
  • Workspace for individual clergy, staff, and volunteers
  • Committee, task force, volunteer, and staff meetings

We will keep our eyes on our goal to reopen while we maintain the health and safety of our congregation as our number one priority.

For JRC’s full FAQ page and more information on our approach, check out the links below:

Early Childhood Center Update | Religious School Update | JRC Covid-19 FAQ | Evanston Interfaith Clergy Letter

Most Recent JRC COVID-19 Updates

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