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Covid-19 Policies

UPDATED 1/13/23:

Current Middlesex County Covid level: Medium (Masks strongly recommended).


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General Policies: Updated November 14, 2022

  • Vaccinations (age greater than 5 years) and boosters (for those eligible) are required for all in-person activities, both indoors and outdoors, and we strongly encourage members to keep up-to-date with vaccinations/boosters, as eligible.
  • When masking for temple activities, attendees should wear a N95, KN95, KF94, or double surgical mask.
  • If you are feeling sick, stay home. If you have been exposed to Covid-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please follow CDC Guidelines.
  • For temple activities where masks may be optional, the  CDC COVID-19 Community Levels for Middlesex County will be monitored to limit masking options as follows:
    • Low (green): Masks are always welcome
    • Medium (yellow): Masks are strongly recommended
    • High (red):Masks are required
  • The Covid-19 Community Level will be posted weekly at the lower-level entrance to inform people of current masking options before entering the building.

Religious Services Policy - Updated November 14, 2022

  • Masks shall be mandatory for services held in the sanctuary. Outdoor services are mask-optional.
  • The number of attendees shall be limited to 100 (including clergy and staff). Exceptions may be made for B’nai Mitzah with discussion between families and clergy.
  • Clergy and lay leaders may unmask when leading services from the bimah.
  • Attendees may move chairs to socially distance themselves from others.
  • Windows in the sanctuary shall be opened, unless prevented by inclement weather.
  • Services will be streamed to remote participants.
  • For indoor services, kiddush will be served in the Oneg room and on the adjacent porch to accommodate those who feel more comfortable outside, weather permitting.

Community Events Policy - Updated November 14, 2022

  • Masks shall be mandatory for community events held in the sanctuary, with the number of attendees limited to 100. Outdoor community events are mask-optional.
  • Windows in the sanctuary will be opened, unless prevented by inclement weather.
  • For community events held at other venues, the Covid policies of that venue will be observed.
  • Event organizers must inform invitees of the applicable Covid policies upon event registration.

Committee and Group Meetings Policy - Updated November 14, 2022

  • Based on the current Covid-19 community level (see General Policy), mask wearing  shall be determined by consensus at each meeting held indoors, with each person respectful of their peers' mask choices.
  • The Board and Administrative committees must provide remote access to its off-site members.
  • Social and Learning groups may decide if a remote option is needed or practical.
  • For indoor meetings, windows will be opened as weather permits.

Food Policy - Updated November 14, 2022

  • The Oneg room is designated as the only mask-optional space where food may be served for indoor activities, including services, community events and meetings.
  • Masks are required for those personnel preparing and serving food.
  • During food service, windows will be opened unless prevented by inclement weather.

Tot Shabbat Policies: Updated October 24, 2022

Tot Shabbat is at the temple building on Saturday mornings, first Saturday of the month, 10:00-11:00am.  This is a drop-in event for children under 6 and their parents.  Most attendees are non-members. Because of high vaccination rates within MA and our TST communities, we assume adult attendees (parents, teachers) are vaccinated.

  • When not eating, adults shall be required to wear masks and children will be encouraged to wear masks, as developmentally able.
  • Windows will be open in the areas where the activities happen, weather permitting.
  • Social distancing will not be required.

EJL (Experiencing Jewish Life) Policies: Updated October 24, 2022

EJL is at the Ambrose Elementary School, one Sunday per month, 9:30 – 11:30am, for families of children 2.5 – 5 years of age.  For the first hour, everyone is together. During the second hour, parents participate in a workshop and children attend a 3-4 ages class or a 4-5 ages class.

  • These gatherings shall be mask-optional for both children, parents, and teachers. We will encourage mask wearing as appropriate.
  • Parents and children 5 and up shall be required to be vaccinated.
  • Moving forward, we will encourage, and look into requiring, parents to have their younger children vaccinated as eligibility applies.  
  • This policy shall be subject to any stricter requirements of the Town of Winchester. 

Learning Corps Grades 1-5 Policies: Updated October 24, 2022

The Learning Corps Grades 1-5 meet on Sundays, 9:30 – 11:30am at the Ambrose Elementary School.  For the 2022-2023 school year in the Ambrose building, our Learning Corps will follow the guidelines for schools as outlined by the CDC to continue our mitigation of the spread of COVID 19. This guidance was jointly issued on August 15th by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).

  • Masks will be optional and there will be no social distancing, though we will continue to eat snacks outside. All students will be supported in their decisions regarding masking. If instances of required masking arise, this will be clearly communicated in advance.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend any school events. If you test positive for Covid 19, please be advised that you can return on day 6-10 (day 0 is the first day with symptoms) if you have a negative antigen test and wear an n95 mask.

Learning Corps Grade 6-12 Policies: Updated October 24, 2022

Learning Corps Grades 6-12 are in the temple building on Wednesdays, from 3:45-7:00pm.

  • When students are in the building for school, all students and their teachers (including clergy) shall be mask-optional and eat indoors. 
  • Windows will be open in the areas where the students congregate, weather permitting. 
  • Social distancing will not be required for school activities.  
  • When students are in the building for school, any visitors not part of the school must be masked (e.g., parents). Office staff shall mask or social distance from the school activity. 
  • This policy shall be subject to any stricter requirements of the Town of Winchester. 


Fri, January 27 2023 5 Sh'vat 5783