Congregation Ahavas Achim
216 South 1st Avenue 
Highland Park, N.J. 08904
(732) 247-0532
info@ahavasachim.org

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Ahavas Achim COVID-19 Protocols

  1. If you have ANY COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, chills, cough or shortness of breath, you may not attend any of our Minyanim or events, indoors or outdoors, as long as the symptoms persist. When in doubt about symptoms, for the purpose of this policy assume that they are COVID-19. For a more complete list of COVID-19 symptoms, please refer to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
  1. If you have contracted the virus, and you are not symptom free and 10 days past recovery, you may not attend any of our Minyanim or events, indoors or outdoors.
  1. If you have an immediate family member with ANY COVID-19 symptoms, you may not attend any of our Minyanim or events, indoors or outdoors, as long as the symptoms persist or until your family member consults with their doctor and receives guidance permitting your attendance.
  1. If you have been in close contact with anyone who has COVID-19, even if asymptomatic, you must consult with your doctor before attending any of our Minyanim or events, indoors or outdoors. Close contact is defined by these conditions: being within six feet of someone that tested positive for COVID-19; having that contact for more than 10 minutes; having that contact anytime starting two days before they first had symptoms.
  1. Individuals returning or visiting from outside the U.S. or any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware) or who have traveled anywhere by commercial airline, should self-quarantine for 10 days and may not attend any of our Minyanim or events, indoors or outdoors, within 10 days of their return.
  1. Due to the significant spike in COVID-19 infection rates in certain communities in New York and New Jersey, anyone who has recently visited these hot spots, or, has hosted family or friends from there, may not attend any of our Minyanim or events, indoors or outdoors for 10 days. If you have spent significant time in an area that has seen a significant spike in COVID-19 infections, you may not attend our Minyanim or events, indoors or outdoors for 10 days.
  1. Masks that cover the mouth and nose must be worn at all times at Ahavas Achim Minyanim or events, including outdoors, with no exceptions, per CDC guidelines.
  1. Attendees are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals of different households at all times at Ahavas Achim Minyanim or events, including outdoors, per CDC guidelines.
  1. Only children who are at their parent’s side at all times, and will properly wear a mask at all times may attend Ahavas Achim Minyanim or events.
  1. Anyone that attends Ahavas Achim Minyanim or events, indoors or outdoors, agrees to inform the Rabbi or President immediately if they test positive for COVID-19. Should this happen, in accordance with the State’s contact tracing guidelines, this information but not your identity will be shared with the other people who attended the same Minyan or event.
  1. By participating in Ahavas Achim Minyanim or events, you are attesting that you are in compliance with our COVID-19 policy. The Gabbaim and Shul Officers will be enforcing our policy. If anyone violates any of its provisions, they will be required to leave.

We reserve the right to update the Ahavas Achim COVID-19 policy as the pandemic changes. If you have any questions about this policy, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Ahavas Achim

Special Announcements

SHAVUOT 5781 WITH SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE PROFESSOR LAWRENCE SCHIFFMAN:

Ahavas Achim presents Shavuot 5781, May 16-18, featuring Scholar-in Residence, Professor Lawrence Schiffman. Lawrence H. Schiffman is the Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and Director of the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies. He served as the Chair of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and Ethel and Irvin A. Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Between 2011 and 2014, he served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University. (See Newsletter for complete schedule.)

MYSTERY OF THE MISSING STONES: A SHAVUOT 5781 FAMILY ADVENTURE:

Where will your learning take you this Shavuot? Welcome to Mystery of the Missing Stones! In order to participate in our Shavuot Family Adventure, please download and print out our Learning Packet which will explain your mission (it is long!) using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/xuwbafwh. (See Newsletter for more details.)

MASK-OPTIONAL MINYAN TO BEGIN MAY 21:

Based on the improving COVID rates in our area and the impressive vaccination levels within our shul, our medical professionals have advised that it is now appropriate to move to the next stage in our shul's journey through COVID: a mask-optional minyan for vaccinated people. We will begin with a minyan for Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv in the Downstairs Social Hall at 7:00 p.m. next Friday, May 21 (parallel to the regular early minyan in the Main Sanctuary; see Newsletter for more details).
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