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 Policy

  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.
  2. 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 who have traveled to a region that would require quarantine, inside or outside the U.S., including Israel and Europe, or who have traveled anywhere by commercial airline, may not attend any of our Minyanim or events, indoors or outdoors, within 14 days of their return. For a current list of U.S. states and territories requiring quarantine, please refer to https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey
  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 14 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 14 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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See video from Yom Haatzmaut

Congregation Ahavas Achim aims to provide its congregants with a positive spiritual, social, and learning environment in a peaceful atmosphere that promotes religious life and growth. We are deeply committed to safeguarding the members of our synagogue community so they feel and are safe at all times. With that goal in mind, we have created a Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Policy. This policy applies both to sexual misconduct directed against adults and to all forms of abuse against children and vulnerable adults, who are less able to protect themselves.    

Please click on the below links to see

1. A full copy of the policy

2. A summary of the policy, plus a page to sign acknowledgement (required for certain staff and volunteers)

3. The version of the policy written for our youth group leaders

4. A blank Incident Report form, which you may fill out if you have a violation of the policy you'd like to report. 

If you would like to contact the Congregant Safety Committee, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also speak directly to anyone on the committee:

Simi Lichtman, Chair

Atara Hiller

Elana Kurtz

AJ Berkovitz

Highland Park

Settled about 1667, the borough of Highland Park, occupies 1.8 square miles in central Middlesex county in New Jersey and is home to some 14,000 residents. It offers an excellent public school system, state-of-the-art library, and a vibrant downtown. It is a neighbor to New Brunswick, the county seat and location of Rutgers, the New Jersey State University.

Find out more at the Highland Park Web site

The Highland Park Jewish community, drawing from Highland Park itself and the neighboring township of Edison, hosts a number of Jewish organizations and Jewish-oriented businesses.

Ahavas Achim

Special Announcements

SHABBAT AFTERNOON SHIUR:

On Shabbat afternoon between Mincha and Maariv in the Main Sanctuary, Rabbi Miodownik will give a shiur on "The Incredible Adventures of Warder Cresson."

YOUTH PARSHAT NOACH DRESS UP THIS SHABBAT:

Ahavas Achim Youth invites all kids 2nd grade and under to Parshat Noach Dress Up this Shabbat, October 24 from 4:45-5:15 p.m. in the parking lot. Come dressed up as your favorite animal to participate in a tayva obstacle course. Masks must be worn; social distancing will be observed; snacks will be served.

MINYANIM:

All Shacharit services now begin with Birchot Hashachar. We have also resumed reciting "Avinu Shebashamayim," the Prayer for the State of Israel prior to Maftir.

Indoor Shabbat minyanim may only be attended through our registration website: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054dadad29a4f58-aaminyanim20.

Sunday and all weekday minyanim do not require registration.

AAU SHIURIM VIA ZOOM TELECONFERENCE:

The learning has not stopped! It has just moved online. Please join us for this schedule of classes and maintain your regular learning from home!

TUESDAY

9:00-10:00 a.m. Men's Retirees Kollel Parsha Gems with Rabbi Moshe Goldberger. Call in to (605) 313-5890 and enter 399719#.

WEDNESDAY

1:00-2:00 p.m. Megilat Kohelet with Rabbi Steven Miodownik. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5757628337

8:00-9:00 p.m. Topics In Minhag and Halacha with Dr. Elisha Russ-Fishbane. Zoom link: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/97405719710. The topic for this week: To Redeem Or Not To Redeem? The Debate Over Pidyon Shvuyim

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