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

YOUTH GROUPS ARE RETURNING TO AHAVAS ACHIM:

We will slowly be starting up groups outdoors. One age group will meet per Shabbat. This Shabbat, April 17 at 10:15 a.m. 1st and 2nd grades only will meet on side grass. Masks and social distancing required. Join us for individual snacks and water, parsha, fun games and more!

BETWEEN PESACH AND SHAVUOT: THE BITTER AND THE SWEET:

This Shabbat afternoon between Mincha and Maariv in the Main Sanctuary, Rabbi Miodownik will speak about the conflicting themes within the period of "Sefirah."

NEW SUNDAY MORNING HALACHA CHABURAH:

Ahavas Achim University introduces a new Sunday morning shiur beginning this Sunday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m. in the Beit Midrash. Each Sunday from 9:00-9:45 a.m., Rabbi Miodownik will lead an in-depth shiur exploring different topics in halacha, and source packets will be provided. In preparation for Shavuot, we will begin by studying the laws of Talmud Torah, followed by the laws of Geirut and Milah. All are invited to attend!
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