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Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

Effective September 1, 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 refer to their specific policies in their materials.

Mask Policy

Effective September 1, 2022, masking will be at one’s own discretion for all who are in the building, except for the High Holy Days. 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. We kindly ask you to wear a mask at all onsite High Holy Day services.


As we have all learned, COVID and its continual presence in our lives demands we have the ability to pivot when necessary. We are all in this together and we are grateful for the support, patience, and vigilance we continue to experience. Our mission of living Judaism together through discovery, dynamic spirituality, and righteous impact remains strong regardless of whatever changes and adaptations we need to make.

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.

Community Resources During the Covid-19 Crisis

Updated Covid-19 information:
Medical Assistance:
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:
Food Security:
Financial Stress:
Employment: