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Updated COVID-19 Guidelines
Effective March 21, 2022
As local cases of COVID have subsided, and with the changes in restrictions from the CDC, Commonwealth, and the City of Boston, along with the advice of our COVID Advisory Committee, we have updated our COVID guidelines and protocols. Should the local spread of COVID increase, we will reassess and adjust our policies accordingly.
Please Note: The following policies are in place for all Temple Israel programs and events occurring onsite. This policy does not apply to the Religious School, Teen program, the Village for Families with Young Children, or the FJECC Preschool. If you or your children are enrolled in these programs, please stay tuned for more information regarding masking.
Effective Monday, March 21, 2022, masking will be at one’s own discretion for all who are in the building. If you feel the need to continue to wear a mask for your own protection, or to protect someone close to you, you should do so.
Effective March 21, 2022, all individuals who enter our building must be fully vaccinated. Exceptions will be made for those who are not yet age-eligible to receive the vaccine, and for those individuals who have a valid medical reason. The vaccine requirement is in place for those ages 12 and up. (There is a six month grace period for those who have just turned 12.) If you believe that you have a valid medical exemption, we ask that you email our Executive Director, Dan Deutsch.
Our response to the pandemic will continue to change as warranted by local infection rates and guidance by government and health authorities.
In this unique moment in the history of Temple Israel, we recognize the many different needs that our community members face. To that end, we have gathered the below list of resources in an effort to ensure that you, our beloved congregation, are able to access the support you need in these difficult times. If you would like to speak to our clergy for pastoral support, please email Amy Sherr or call 617-566-3960.
Do You Need Help Navigating Vaccination Appointments?
We recognize that the vaccination process has been a moving target. As many people have experienced, the appointment scheduling process is complicated and difficult to navigate.
Although we cannot schedule or make appointments for anyone, if you are in need of assistance to help navigate the system so that you can schedule your own vaccination appointment, let us know here or call our main office at 617-566-3960.
We have a team of volunteers through our TI Cares Acts of Kindness Army who will be happy to offer any assistance that they are able to help you so that you can schedule your appointment.
*Please note: Temple Israel does not control scheduling and we cannot make appointments directly for those we assist, nor can we guarantee that an appointment will be at Temple Israel.
Community Resources During the Covid-19 Crisis
Updated Covid-19 information:
Vaccination Appointment Scheduling:
- For the most current information about eligibility and scheduling appointments, please visit: www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine.
- Pre-register for your vaccine here. After you pre-register, you will receive weekly status updates. You will be contacted when there are appointments available for you and provide you with a link to use to select and book your appointment.
- You can use the site www.macovidvaccines.com to find available appointments. This site sifts through all the official MA vaccination sites every 5 minutes and shows available appointments.
- If you live in public or private affordable low-income senior housing, check with your management company if there is an on-site clinic being planned.
- If you are in need of transportation, the RIDE customers can book trips to travel to and from their vaccine or testing appointments.
- If you have difficulty accessing the internet to schedule an appointment online, you may:
- Call the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line: Call 2-1-1 (877-211-6277) and follow the prompts for assistance booking an appointment.
- Call 3-1-1 and ask for the Age Strong Commission, or reach them at 617-635-4366 for help in scheduling a vaccination appointment.
Domestic Violence Resources:
- Map of meal sites for children and youth
- Greater Boston Food Bank
- Newton Food Pantry
- Ethos (for seniors; offers home care and food deliveries)
- Fresh Truck Box
- Food For Free
- Project Bread (for children and their families)
- Groceries During Covid-19
- Questions? Contact the Office of Food Access
- Volunteer at an anti-Hunger non-profit
- Cash assistance: United Way COVID-19 Family Support Fund
- Boston Resiliency Fund — given to organizations who are in a place to help/support Boston’s Most Vulnerable
- MGCC Small Business Recovery Loan Fund
- Kiva (for small businesses impacted by COVID-19)
- Freelance Artists Relief Fund
- Tips for freelance artists
- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development resource page
- WorkShare program helps employers avoid layoffs during a downturn.
- The Rapid Response program, which works closely with companies to avert layoffs and keep a skilled workforce engaged in the existing regional economy or industry.
- Apply for Unemployment Assistance
- Transit Help for Medical Staff
- UIHelp.org: Unemployment Benefits and Access to Job Opportunities