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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

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, including data from our community survey and public health data used in decision making. 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 livestreaming most of our services as well. 


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.  If you have a non-COVID illness, please stay home until your symptoms are improving and you have been fever-free for 24 hours.

  • We expect all eligible individuals to be fully vaccinated, including all boosters for which they are eligible, before attending in-person events. 

    • 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 infants who cannot yet be vaccinated, by refraining from attending any in-person events if they choose not to be vaccinated.

  • Masking for services will remain mandatory for everyone over age 2.  We require high-filtration masks.

    • We will not require masks for any outdoor events, including services and other events with singing

    • We will continue the current policy of encouraging leaders to unmask for accessibility, and allowing unmasking during indoor kiddush in designated areas

    • As always, we recognize that masking for young children may be imperfect, and welcome children at all our events

    • Masking will be optional for meetings, classes, and discussion groups that are reasonably expected to be smaller than 30 people

  • If anyone in your household has COVID, stay home. Even if you don’t have symptoms and are testing negative, please stay home until at least 5 days after your household member has recovered.  For days 6-10 after your household member has recovered, you may come to Nehar events, but please rapid test first and wear a high-filtration mask the entire time, even if food is being served or you are leading services.

  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID outside your household, please take a rapid test before coming to Nehar events for 10 days after your exposure.  Please also wear a high-filtration mask at all times for 10 days after your exposure, even if food is being served or if you are leading services.. 


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

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