JRC’s Covid Covenant / Brit Briyut
Public health is a Jewish value. JRC is committed to promoting the health and well-being of our community, our staff and our guests, while also maintaining a vibrant communal life that is inclusive, accessible, and equitable. JRC’s leadership, members and staff are asked to commit to this Brit Briyut, a covenant of mutual well-being, which acknowledges our responsibility for the health of our community and for taking care of one another, including our children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. JRC’s approach to COVID safety includes both this Brit Briyut and updated gathering protocols.
COVID-19 Building Update:
We are happy to share that JRC will resume normal building usage as of February 1, 2022. Several factors have changed since our decision to move to remote operations for the month of January, including a decreased severity of illness for those who are vaccinated and boosted, the distribution of new treatments for those who become hospitalized, and new preventative treatments for people who are immunocompromised. Our vaccine requirement has been updated as follows:
You must provide proof that you are fully vaccinated to attend in-person services, Religious School, classes, activities, meetings, and events. Fully vaccinated means two weeks beyond the maximum vaccination for which you are eligible. For example, that would include foundational vaccines (one or two, depending on manufacturer) plus a booster if eligible. Children who are not eligible based on age will be allowed to attend.
All participants over the age of 2 must wear a mask while in the building. For this reason, JRC is still not serving food at indoor events. KN95 and N95 masks are recommended but not required.
JRC will commit to abide by the following:
Decision making: Maintain a COVID Task Force responsible for assembling the most up to date public health and medical guidance, and developing and updating the general and specific protocols (listed below) for our community
Multi-access: Provide multiple ways to access community events (hereafter referred to as “multi-access events”) to the extent feasible, with assistance from members who help with creative planning and technical assistance on Zoom, Facebook, and other platforms. Not all options may be available at the same time, and not all will be comfortable for every individual or feasible for every program. But by offering different options, we hope to meet most people’s needs as much as possible, as we navigate through the changing pandemic and beyond, in accordance with our value of inclusion.
Examples of multi-access events include:
- Simultaneous virtual offering – event is live streamed or Zoom
- Virtual offering at another time – for example watch a recording and have a Zoom discussion group at a predetermined time after an in-person event
- Others yet to be determined thanks to the creative minds and talents of our members and staf
Communications: Communicate changes to our COVID protocols through our website and email newsletter as circumstances changes
Vaccinations: Refer members and staff seeking vaccinations to others who can assist them in accessing vaccinations, to the extent possible
Records: Maintain accurate lists of the names and contact information of all indoor, in-person attendees so we can assist in contact tracing efforts if requested
Outdoor spaces: Make use of outdoor spaces when feasible and appropriate to allow for greater flexibility regarding in-person participation
Cleaning: Carry out routine cleaning and standard hygienic practices, and optimize ventilation in our building
JRC Members and Staff will
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19 when we are eligible, and help our community members get vaccinated if they need help
- Follow JRC’s gathering protocols, and stay up to date as they change to adapt to evolving circumstances
- Sign into indoor events, and provide sign-in lists for the events we organize to the JRC office
- Notify JRC and fellow attendees if we or our household members are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days following any gathering we attended
- Wash or sanitize our hands frequently
- Respect others who choose to wear masks or maintain distance even if not required by JRC or public health guidance
JRC Gathering Protocols as of 1/18/2022
JRC’s approach to COVID-19 safety includes both a Brit Briyut and this up-to-date set of protocols, which will change as conditions evolve. All protocols are subject to change based on evolving public health guidance and the changing needs of our community. Decision making will be the responsibility of the JRC COVID Task Force appointed by the Executive Director and President.
- Outdoor ritual services, events with singing, and events with crowds will require all participants to wear masks regardless of vaccination status
- Other outdoor events may allow vaccinated individuals to attend with or without masks at their discretion
- Unvaccinated individuals must always wear masks and must maintain social distancing to the extent feasible
Indoor Vaccination Requirement
You must provide proof that you are fully vaccinated to attend in-person services, Religious School, classes, activities, and events. Fully vaccinated means two weeks beyond the maximum vaccination for which you are eligible. For example, that would include foundational vaccines (one or two, depending on manufacturer) plus a booster if eligible. Children who are not eligible based on age will be allowed to attend.
Indoor events at JRC – general
- In order to attend indoor events, participants must be vaccinated to the fullest extent eligible
- Masks are required for indoor events with the following exception:
-Speakers from the Bima who are able to maintain adequate distance may remove their mask
- Food will not be served at events
- Seating will be arranged to allow for physical distancing between as needed
- Capacity limits will be developed based on safety and available ventilation
Indoor events – specific
Different events may have different risk profiles. We have identified the following specific protocols for the following:
A. JRC’s Choir
- Fully vaccinated choir members can sing in-person indoors or outdoors
- Masks and social distancing are required
B. Life Cycle events involving JRC Clergy
JRC members may choose to hold life cycle events, such as B’nai Mitzvah services, indoors at JRC. Outdoor events must include a plan for inclement weather. If these plans include moving indoors, indoor protocols apply
- All attendees must be vaccinated to the fullest extent eligible. JRC will provide language for hosts to share with guests
- Children who are not eligible to be vaccinated may attend
- Masks are required for all participants who are older than 2 years
- Food will not be served
C. Rental Events
Rental events will follow the same policies and protocols for congregational events including vaccinations, limited capacity, masks, and social distancing.
D. Religious School
- In-person and remote access programs are being offered
- Having experienced Religious School for a period of time, we feel that it is safe to plan concurrent events in the building as long as we are confident that we can effectively keep the participants separate from our Religious School students
- Students must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated to attend in-person Religious School. Fully vaccinated means two weeks beyond the maximum vaccination for which you are eligible. For example, that would include foundational vaccines (one or two, depending on manufacturer) plus a booster if eligible
- Children who are not eligible based on age will be allowed to attend
- All participants must wear masks. KN95 and N95 masks are recommended but not required
- Additional protocols for entering the building, contact tracing, and other issues are being refined and will be communicated to all Religious School families
E. JRC-Related Events Held by Members in Their Homes or Outside JRC
- If an event in a member’s home does not follow the protocols above, the member will clearly communicate this in advance
- The host may require additional safety measures such as outdoor masking or physical distancing at their discretion
F. General Use of JRC’s Building
- Anyone entering the building during program hours must provide proof that they are vaccinated to the fullest extent they are eligible
- Masks must be worn at all times unless an individual is occupying a space by themselves
- Anyone entering the preschool will follow JRC’s protocols along with state and locally mandated rules. Contact the JRC office for more information
Have questions or concerns, or need further information?
Contact Executive Director, Micky Baer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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