07/01/2020

Emotionally Close. Socially Distant.

Whether we’re physically closed or open, we’ll do everything in our ability to provide a Jewish experience on campus. To adapt to our new COVID-19 reality, we’ve developed Chabad Cares, a program for the 2020-21 academic year. Its goal is to remain emotionally close, even if we must keep socially distant. 

If we do feel it is safe to open our doors for even more programming , please know that we are not rushing to reopen simply because we are allowed. We will be implementing a series of changes that allow us to be comfortable with the level of risk to our family and community. 

We recognize that everyone has a different comfort level, so we are sharing with you a glimpse at the process and conditions how we will be operating , including:

  • As we reopen, we will follow our Chabad Cares Reopening Guide, prepared for us by Chabad on Campus International. It’s a plan based on public health guidelines as well as government regulations. It prioritizes your health and safety.

  • There will be several new health and safety practices including a reservation system to manage capacity, a health check for anyone who enters, and discontinuing the use of shared items.

  • Hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves will be placed at any and all entrances and may be required.

  • Clear signage detailing relevant changes will be posted throughout the Chabad House.

  • Pre-plated food; no buffets or family-style serving of food

  • Possible use of disposable versus non-disposable items

  • Masks for the individuals preparing and serving food

  • Ongoing disinfecting of surfaces  

We are excited to create thriving Jewish life and community on campus–safely and responsibly. If you want to check out our plan in action or you just want to schmooze, you know where to find us. 

08/23/2020

COVID FALL 2020

Listed below are some updates and news of how we plan to open for the coming semester of Fall 5781/2020. We are committed to following all government and CDC guidelines. Please be aware that the following is based on current guidelines for social distancing and safe gathering. Please keep in mind that the situation is fluid and constantly changing. As the guidelines change, we will adjust and update our plans accordingly.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

In person attendance this semester will always require adherence to the guidelines in effect to ensure everyone's safety and comfort.

This will include:

– Face coverings (except for when eating/drinking and properly distanced).

– Hand sanitizing/washing

– Prior online health check – confirming no symptoms, exposure, etc.

– Safe social distancing from everyone not in your family or housing unit

– Communication – Even more than ever, communication will be key this semester. Please make sure we have all of your contact info by filling out the student info form at

Shabbat

Shabbat is a mainstay of keeping our community together. In accordance with current guidelines, this is the Shabbat plan as of now:

Reservations for Shabbat services and dinner are required, and will be taken every week from Wednesday morning until Friday at 9am.

-Limited in-person Shabbat meals will be set up by reservation, on a first come first-served basis. If capacity is exceeded, we will set up Shabbat dinner shifts, and request that students come at their allotted time. Seating will be organized to maintain 6 feet of separation.  

– We will adhere to the CDC guidelines and our yard will be set up with socially distant tables. Anyone wishing to attend will be required to certify that they are not experiencing any symptoms and have not been exposed to anybody who has been COVID positive, etc.

– Masks are required at all times except for when eating/drinking. Hand sanitizing/washing is required upon entry, without exception.

High Holidays

We plan to serve the needs of our student community during the High Holidays. We understand that everybody has a different level of comfort and safety, so there will be a range of options that you will be able to choose from.

Because of the changing nature of the pandemic, exact details will be confirmed closer to the holidays. We expect to offer some of the following options as appropriate:

– Providing Do-It-Yourself kits that would include High Holiday messages, selected prayers for your dorm/Apt., a how-to guide, and homemade Challah and honey cake.

– Shofar Sounding services in several locations around the neighborhood on Rosh Hashana.

– Outdoor socially distanced services and meals. Reservations will be required.

– To-go meals available for pickup.

Social events & Weekly Cafe Chabad

On hold for the time being.

Learning Opportunities

  • We will continue offering a wide array of classes throughout the semester.
  • Sinai Scholars Society, our most-popular weekly class, will be offered outdoors every Tuesday night. Apply at www.sinaischolars.com 
  •  We are excited to announce our Wednesday Speaker series on Zoom. We are excited to announce our Wednesday Speaker series on Zoom. Every week will consist of an interview with a different speaker, from Holocaust survivors to film producers, from  professors to Start-up founders. Look out soon for the link.
  • Overall- this semester is going to be different and challenging. Like every semester, our goal is to be there for you every step of the way. And because we care about you, we would never plan an event that would put you or your family in a dangerous position. We will closely monitor the situation, and constantly adapt to ensure the utmost safety and comfort of our entire community. Whether on Zoom, for a quick pickup, or in person socially distant, we look forward to reconnecting with all of you soon.