Reopening Policy & Frequently Asked Questions

CSH Reopening Policies

Effective Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Based on the recommendation of the Re-Opening Committee and approved by the Board, effective Tuesday, August 10, masks must be worn by all when inside our building in addition to presenting proof of vaccination at the door. This will replace the Mask policy stated below that was effective as of June 21, 2021.

Effective Monday, June 21, 2021

With the ending of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 State of Emergency on June 15, 2021, we are delighted to reopen our building to the public. As we transition to welcoming visitors and congregants back into our sacred space, our Board and staff have developed new reopening policies for the safety and comfort of everyone who enters our building.

We understand every individual is at a different place on their personal spectrum of post-pandemic comfort. We thank you in advance for your compassion, consideration, and mutual respect as we all adjust to these new safety protocols and norms together.

These policies go into effect beginning Monday, June 21, 2021 and will remain in place through at least September 24, 2021. Any changes or updates to these policies in the interim will be announced as they become available. (A separate in-person attendance policy for the High Holidays will be announced in early August.)

In-Person Services

Beginning  June 21, 2021, the following services will resume in-person at Shirat Hayam:

  • Shabbat (Saturdays only; Fridays beginning July 16)
    • No kiddush lunch will be held until after the High Holy Days.
  • Minyan (Tuesday evening (online only as of 7/6), Thursday morning, and Rosh Hodesh)
  • Meetings (e.g., Board, staff, committees, etc., as scheduled)
  • CSH-affiliated social gatherings

COVID-19 Vaccinations Required for Entry

Any individual age 12 years or older who wishes to enter the Shirat Hayam building is required:

  • To be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine; and 
  • Display proof of vaccination each time prior to entry.

Acceptable proofs of vaccination include any of the following forms:

  • Your original CDC-issued vaccination card
  • A paper copy of your vaccination card
  • A digital image of your vaccination card displayed on your smartphone


Individuals ages 12 and older are not required to wear masks once inside Shirat Hayam. Any individual is welcome to wear a mask if they choose.

  • Children ages 2 to 11 years old are required to wear masks at all times.
  • Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear masks.

Office Visits: We recognize that congregants may need to visit the office or clergy during this time period. If an individual cannot produce a vaccination card, they and office staff will be required to wear their masks.


Individuals of any age displaying any symptoms of a cold or flu (such as fever or coughing) are asked to please refrain from attending in-person services while they are ill.

Frequently Asked Questions