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We continue to monitor Covid trends and take necessary safety precautions. Please see our Covid-19 policy here.
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COVID-19 Policy

One of the highest Jewish values is the preservation of life. Throughout the Covid pandemic, we have prioritized pikuach nefesh (preservation of human life) in deciding when and how we gather. Given the very contagious Omicron variant, we are taking extra precautions:

  • In-person Shabbat and evening minyan services require proof of vaccination and boosters, if eligible. You must submit a copy of your CDC vaccination card to the synagogue office or bring it with you to attend.
  • Masks are required for services and meetings inside the building. We will continue with this policy until Omicron infection and hospitalization rates subside to safe levels.
  • Zoom access to Shabbat services and daily minyanim continues. Links to the services are provided in weekly member emails.
  • Masks are required for all Rimon students and teachers, except when eating and drinking.
  • All in-person Shabbat morning attendees are invited to stay for Kiddush lunch.  We require that everyone wear masks in the buffet line and at all other times except when eating or drinking.  We also limit seats at our tables to six, in order to have sufficient physical distance while eating.

We continue to monitor local and regional health data as we evaluate our COVID policies. We will let you know if there are any other changes.
 
Rabbi Aviva Fellman
Paula Sommer, President
Drs. Jeremy Golding and Mattie Castiel, BI Medical Advisers
Dale Rosenberg, Director of Learning and Engagement

More on Omicron from our Medical Adviser, Dr. Jeremy Golding
 
By now, all are aware of the new Omicron variant of Coronavirus sweeping the globe. A few basic medical facts:

  • This variant is highly mutated compared with older variants.
  • The mutations seem to convey extra transmissibility (contagiousness) to the virus. It is MUCH better able to spread between people.
  • The mutations allow the virus to evade the body's immune response at least partially, even among fully vaccinated and boosted individuals.
  • 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, plus a booster dose still convey very strong protection against moderate and severe disease, meaning the vaccine will most likely still protect you from needing hospital-level care. Unfortunately, breakthrough infections with no or few symptoms are relatively common, even in immunized and boosted people.
  • Preliminary evidence suggests that the mutations in this virus MAY have weakened its ability to cause serious illness requiring hospitalization. However, unimmunized people, immunocompromised people, people older than 75 (even boosted), and those with serious underlying medical conditions are at significant risk for moderate or severe disease.
  • The FDA has approved two new oral medications for treating Covid-19 infection, including Paxlovid, which is available locally.


Questions regarding the above may be sent to the synagogue, and will be routed to our medical consultants.
 
Be safe, stay healthy, wear your masks, and get your boosters NOW!
 

For More Information and Updates . . .

Information about services and programs is shared via emails, social media, and the BI website, as well as our monthly newsletter, BI@Home. Details for Zoom meetings are available in member emails or via the member login on the BI website. For more information, please call the BI Office, (508) 756-6204, between 10:00 to 3:00, Monday through Friday.

If you need to deliver something in hard copy to the synagogue (checks, documents, etc), please contact the BI Office for instructions.

Feel free to reach out to the Rabbi or the office if you would like a call, text, video chat, or email. In addition, if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please inform Rabbi Fellman, rabbi@bethisraelworc.org, so that we can support you. If you are not feeling well, let us know. If you are feeling isolated, please reach out. We are physically separated but remain a caring, sacred community.

Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyyar 5782