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Covid-19 Resources

Among us all in the Jewish community, we have experienced and continue to experience mourning, illness, financial difficulties, family challenges, isolation and many stresses. We are committed as Beth Abraham to mobilizing as much mutual support as possible, and to making helpful resources available.

How We Are Gathering in Person (updated May 24, 2021)
Since summer 2020, we have continuously had various kinds of gatherings for services, education, and other programs, outdoors and inside our two buildings. We follow the guidance of the authorities and adjust for the capabilities we have.

Our services inside the synagogue:
Services on Shabbat as well as Tuesday evenings are "hybrid", simultaneously onsite and on Zoom. Currently (as of May 2021), we limit participation in the synagogue to 50 people, so we are able to spread out in our Sanctuary/Social Hall prayer space. Registration in advance is required to attend in person. In the synagogue, everyone wears a mask, other than the people leading on the bimah who are each behind plexiglass at a unique station. We alternate rows with people and empty rows, and households/pods are seated with at least six feet of separation. We sing at a normal but not especially loud volume together. People stay in their places through the service, except for a few who come to a microphone in front of the bimah for an aliyah or a reading.

As people check in, we ask the standard screening questions. At this time we are not taking temperatures or asking about vaccine status. We do not currently have a Kiddush or schmooze after services inside, but encourage people who wish to stay and talk to do so outside after services.

On June 6-7, we are having community conversations about hybrid services in the future. If you have thoughts about that or reflections and questions related to gathering in person when public guidelines relax, feel free to contact Rabbi Jon or Richard Cohen, Vice President and head of our Covid-19 task force.

Outdoor gatherings
We plan many ways for people to meet, relax, enjoy Jewish culture, and celebrate Jewish time outdoors on our grounds and in different parks. We ask people to register and answer screening questions before attending. Outdoors, we expect people to wear masks when standing or sitting close to someone else not part of their own household/pod.

Vaccination

Vaccinations are available now to everyone ages 12 and above. We are grateful to everyone in our community and through this country and others who have worked to research, manufacture, distribute and oversee the vaccines. Preserving life is the supreme Jewish value, and vaccination helps us preserve the lives of others, especially those who are vulnerable due to age, medical conditions, or workplace conditions. Beth Abraham is proud to be the site of a weekly equity vaccine clinic for the City of Nashua's Public Health Department.

To register in New Hampshire, click here. 

For Massachusetts, click here. In Massachusetts, at the end of May the state will shift from managing vaccination appointments centrally to helping people find locations where vaccinations are available and can be scheduled.
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.

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

New Hampshire is soon ending the supplementary Covid-related unemployment benefits.

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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