Health & Safety Practices

At Nehar Shalom, we care about the physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being of everyone in our community, and we recognize that we

are in it together: it takes all of us to keep all of us safe.

COVID-19 Policy

At Nehar Shalom, we care about the physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being of everyone in our community, and we recognize that we are in it together: it takes all of us to keep all of us safe.


Nehar Shalom has an outstanding committee of epidemiologists and healthcare providers who guide our community’s health and safety practices. As a community, we prioritize keeping one another as safe as we can, practicing collective care. You can read our full COVID-19 policy here. At this time, we are meeting in person for services, family programs, and other gatherings. Knowing that not everyone in our community will be comfortable meeting in-person indoors, we are working towards making as many services and events available through Zoom and/or livestreaming as well. If you have any skills to offer our multi-access team, please be in touch with Barb Macy. If you need Barb's email address please contact Paula at: and she will connect you both.


Before attending any in-person gatherings, please be familiar with the information and practices outlined here. If you bring guests along with you, please make sure you share this with them as well. 


  • Do not come if you have any symptoms! If you aren’t feeling well, or if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or other infectious illness, please stay home. Symptoms include cough, trouble breathing, fever, fatigue, body or headache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. And of course, do not come if you have tested positive for COVID in the past 10 days.

  • We expect all eligible individuals to be fully vaccinated and boosted before attending in-person events. Starting Monday, January 10 2022, this includes children ages 5 and up.

    • This policy is implemented on an honor system; we will not be verifying vaccination status.  We trust that our community members will take responsibility for one another’s health, particularly the health of immunocompromised members and young children who cannot yet be vaccinated, by refraining from attending any in-person events if they choose not to be vaccinated.

  • Everyone over age 2 attending indoor Nehar Shalom events (or outdoor events with singing) must wear a high-filtration (KN95, KF94, N95, or equivalent) mask covering their nose and mouth at all times, regardless of vaccination status

    • We will provide vetted, high-filtration (KN95, N95, or KF94) masks at the door, in kids’ and adults’ sizes, to everyone attending.  

    • Children under the age of 2 are not required to (and should not attempt to) wear masks. Children ages 2-6 should wear masks, with the understanding that masking of young children may be imperfect.

    • People with medical conditions that make them unable to wear a mask will not be required to wear masks; legally, we cannot ask for verification of this, but expect that all adult attendees will be honest and will wear a mask unless they are truly medically unable to do so

    • If someone attending an event needs to briefly unmask (e.g. to drink water), they should step outside and return when masked

  • Chairs are set up six feet apart, so that people from different households or pods sit six feet apart. Folks attending services and gatherings will have a range of comfort levels; please check in before initiating a handshake or hug, or coming close to shmooze. If you have a child(ren), we welcome them to run around freely! Please help them keep their distance from adults until those adults consent to be close.

  • Whenever possible, we meet outdoors. When meeting indoors, we use HEPA air filters and we open the windows and doors whenever possible. When it is too cold outside to ventilate the space with open windows and doors, we will cap attendance at 35 people.

  • In order to prioritize mask-wearing, we refrain from eating together indoors. Food will only be served at outdoor events.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read through these guidelines, and for committing to help keep our community members safe.