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Covid-19 Policies and Resources

Updated August 17, 2021

Mask policy

Due to substantial transmission of the Covid-19 virus in the Nashua area, Temple Beth Abraham now requires that anyone over the age of 2 attending an indoor service, meeting, or event wear a proper face mask (a well-fitted mask that covers the nose and mouth).

We introduced this requirement because the Nashua area is at a “substantial transmission” rate for the Covid-19 virus. Substantial transmission means 50 to 99 weekly new cases per 100,000 residents. The Board of Directors will reconsider this requirement when the transmission level is consistently below “substantial” in our area.

The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus is highly transmissible. Few, if any, people who have received the Covid-19 vaccine are hospitalized or die due to the Delta variant. However, unlike previous variants, even the vaccinated can contract and transmit the Delta variant. While the likelihood of contracting and exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms is rare for the vaccinated, even the asymptomatic vaccinated person who has contracted the Delta variant can transmit the virus.

Vaccination

Temple Beth Abraham continues to strongly encourage that everyone 12 years and older who is eligible receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Jewish leaders of all religious movements in North America and Israel urge vaccination both for pikuah nefesh (the preservation of life, which overrides virtually any other religious consideration) and to support the smooth opening and operation of all institutions and businesses in our communities. As a Jewish institution, Temple Beth Abraham is proud to play our part in making Greater Nashua a safe place for all who live, learn, and pray here.

To find a vaccination location near you, click here.
If you are looking for answers to questions or concerns about Covid-19 vaccination, click here.
In New Hampshire you can also call 211 for help with vaccination scheduling.

If you are having troubling setting up your vaccination or have any individual questions, contact Rabbi Jon for help or someone to connect with.

In Person Attendance at Services, Programs, and Events

Attendance at any Temple Beth Abraham gathering continues to be open to everyone. You are welcome to attend in person or via Zoom. For your own safety, and the safety of others, if you have not yet received the Covid-19 vaccine, we respectfully request you attend via Zoom. If you are immunocompromised, please consult your health care provider to decide if you should attend in person.

The Director of Education and Engagement will communicate the Covid-19 requirements for our Jewish Education Center.

Inside at services, programs, and events, there will always be a section where people can sit as an individual/family/pod spaced out from others, and a section where people can sit with anyone who is sitting there.

Those who are leading services or have speaking/chanting parts in the service may remove their mask while they are doing their part and then must wear it at all other times.

We can sing together without restriction with our masks on.

People should respect one another's wishes around personal space, handshakes, hugs, etc. Even if someone is a person you always hugged in the past, don't assume. When in doubt, ask. It will seem awkward but is worthwhile.

Outdoor Gatherings
No masks are required, except if you have not been fully vaccinated and cannot maintain physical distance.

Food -- Outdoors and Indoors
We can eat and serve food that is individually portioned or prepackaged. We are experimenting with buffet-style service. For the time being, all food is outside.

Funerals and Shivas
Funerals may take place again in the Temple, according to our guidelines above for indoor large gatherings.

For shiva visits and minyan at a house of mourning, the family and rabbi will decide together about gathering indoors or outdoors, and if masks or vaccines are expected. Those decisions will be communicated in the shiva notice.


Individual Meetings With the Rabbi and Other Staff
All of the full-time staff of the Temple are fully vaccinated. We can arrange meetings with you individually or as a family in any place or way that is mutually agreeable. We will always offer to wear a mask when we meet you. We can decide together not to wear masks.

Connecting Through the Synagogue

We are meeting every single day on Zoom at least once. We have some in-person activities in small groups for children and adults in line with Covid-19 safety guidelines. Check our calendar for everything going on for all ages.

If you're feeling isolated and are looking for some regular or periodic one-to-one conversation, a lot of us are looking for that and many people are interested in talking to each other every week or two, or even more frequently. Connect through Rabbi Jon or anyone on the staff or committees and we're happy to help you make some new connections.

Financial Resources

In general, calling 211 will put you in touch with someone who can direct you and answer many questions.

If you have lost a job or some income, these state websites can help you understand your eligibility for unemployment benefits overall and specifically related to the pandemic:
New Hampshire Employment Security website
Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance (UI) Online

If you are behind on rent, mortgage, or other housing-related bills, there is an ongoing program for that in New Hampshire. You can access it here, or here.

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