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For the latest information from the state of Massachusetts regarding vaccination, please click HERE, and to register via the MA government site click HERE

The state of Massachusetts provides in-home vaccinations performed by medical professionals for anyone 12 and older who is unable to get to a vaccine location. Call 833-983-0485 Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm to register. Once registered, you will generally be called within five business days to schedule your appointment.

What does it mean to say that a vaccine is n% effective? NYTimes explainer. NPR explainer.

Fully Vaccinated? Read the CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and others HERE.

CDT's Re-Entry Protocol Committee and Guidelines

Last updated August 22, 2021

In response to the evolving COVID landscape, a Re-entry Protocol Committee was formed in 2020 and has been tasked with following ongoing research as well as federal, state, and municipal policy response and guidelines in order to provide time-sensitive recommendations to the CDT executive committee and board on CDT policy for in-person gatherings, including hybrid programming. Current members: Bob Warren, Barbara Beck, Paul Hattis, Linette Liebling, Gail Pressberg, Lisa Samelson, Lauren Stefano, Rabbi Toba, and Melissa Colten.

We thank you for your partnership and patience as we work together to celebrate safely, and invite questions and input via THIS short FORM. Because the situation with the pandemic is constantly in flux, please know that we will revise these guidelines as circumstances change, and be in touch with Melissa Colten if you have any questions.

CDT's guidelines for indoor and outdoor gatherings, as of August 21, 2021, are below. Risk levels and metrics examined that will inform the committee's decision-making moving forward can be seen on the CovidActNow website.


Guidelines for in-person gatherings  as of August 2021

This is an exciting time and we all want to gather safely! This autumn, we will have congregational Shabbat services in the sanctuary from August 28 on, including for b'mitzvot. Please note that all indoor and outdoor Shabbat services will be livestreamed for guests and congregants.

  • Pre-registration of in-person guests for both indoor and outdoor options is required. We need to know who is attending and in which pod they are to be seated. Guests can then find their seats in a group of chairs when they arrive. Unless it is a b'mitzvah, the chairs will NOT be assigned.
  • Masks are required and will be maintained for the duration of the program, regardless of vaccination status. CDT will always have masks on hand in case of need.
  • Attend only if you are symptom free (without elevated temperature, sore throat, nausea, muscle aches, cough, respiratory symptoms, unexplained rash, and loss of smell or taste) and have not been in contact with anyone with Covid.
  • For those who have been vaccinated and have severely compromised immune systems, please consult your physician before attending any large-scale gatherings.

INDOORS in the CDT Sanctuary

When at the CDT sanctuary, we can safely and logistically accommodate 45-60 pre-registered guests who will be seated in pods. The final number will depend on the size and number of pods. Please feel free to call Melissa to discuss your specific situation on an ongoing basis.

  • Windows are to be open and the fans on and set in reverse.
  • Seating. We will limit seating in the sanctuary to 1/3 of capacity: 60 persons. Pre-registered attendees will be seated in pods that are socially distanced from one another. Fully vaccinated attendees may form a large pod, sitting together without being socially distanced.
  • Children under the age of 12 and unvaccinated persons are requested to participate in in-person outdoor and Zoomed or livestreamed programming only.
  • The bimah will be at least 12' feet from the first row, and masks will be optional on the bima only if the participant has received a negative result from a covid test within 48 hours prior to the service. If you are unable to obtain an at-home test, please request one from the office.
  • Food will not be allowed.

OUTDOORS at Gann Academy and in members' backyards

When at Gann Academy under our 2 canopies, we can safely and logistically accommodate up to 150 pre-registered guests. Please feel free to call Melissa to discuss your specific situation on an ongoing basis.

  • Seating. Designated pods will be socially distanced from one another. Fully vaccinated attendees may form a large pod, setting together without being socially distanced. Children and unvaccinated attendees will be seated within their designated pods.
  • Masks are required and will be maintained for the duration of the program, regardless of vaccination status. CDT will always have masks on hand in case of need.
  • The bima will be at least 24' feet from the first row, and masks will be optional only on the bima only if the participant has received a negative result from a covid test within 48 hours prior to the service.
  • Food may not be shared among pods.

How to Take Care of Yourself During the Pandemic

We’ve collected these resources in response to questions we’ve received from our members. Please check back regularly as we continue to add more, and please feel free to send additional resources to us for posting.

 Government Resources about COVID-19
• Resources for Emotional and Spiritual Self Care
• Exercise
     • Emotional Health for Kids
• Financial Resources
• Educational Resources
• Resources for Kids
• Entertainment Ideas
     • Event Listings
     • Go to the Theater
• Go to a Museum
     • Watch a Movie
     • Listen to a Podcast
     • Sing or Listen to Music
• Other Great Lists and Resources
• Ways to Help


Government Resources about COVID-19

• CDC Guidance 

• Newton Resource Page
     • Mental Health Resources
     • Social services, including food assistance

• Brookline Resource Page
     • Emotional Health Resources

• ​​​​​​​Boston Resource Page

• ​​​​​​​Cambridge Resource Page

• ​​​​​​​Somerville Health Department

  US Department of the Treasury Assistance for Small Businesses

Resources for Emotional and Spiritual Self Care


     General Resources

     • Newton Health Department Mental Health Resources

     • Brookline Health Department Emotional Health Resources

     • Sunshine Health resources for mental health and addiction recovery

     • Meditation Resources

     • On Being Podcast - A Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times

     • The Science of Wellbeing: online course from Yale University

     • William James College Mental Health Resources

     • American Psychological Association Mental Health Resources

     • Nursing License Map Mental Health Resources


     • Advice on Exercising During the Pandemic

     • Find a Hiking Trail with AllTrails

     • P.E. with Coach Joe

     • Sign up for a CDT Walking Buddy

     Religious Resources  

     • Kol Haneshamah, the Reconstructionist siddur

     • CDT's All-Ages Erev Shabbat siddur

     • Siddur Chaveirim Kol Yisraeil for Friday Evening

     • Siddur Hallel v'Zimrah for Shabbat Morning

     Mass Support Coping Groups  

     • For those with children being schooled remotely - 2/2 at 7pm, 2/4 at 11am

     • For COVID-19 survivors - 2/9 at 7pm, 2/11 at 11am

     • For healthcare and mental health providers - 2/16 at 7pm, 2/18 at 11am

Financial Resources

• the City of Newton has information of various financial resources;

including a fund for help with utilities.

CJP Warmline, for those needing financial and other assistance

Yad Chesed, for Jewish individuals and families needing financial assistance 

Masshire page, for those seeking work

• United Way COVID-19 Fund

• FamilyWize discounts on prescription drugs

• US Department of the Treasury Assistance for Small Businesses

Jewish Re-employment Program, free job search counseling

Keches Cares, a nonprofit associated with the Keches law group, has opened up funding for those who need any kind of help right now, including assistance filing for unemployment benefits, financial aid, getting groceries or sourcing protective equipment.  Learn More & Apply for Assistance

Frontline Home Benefit Program

Educational Resources


     Learn a Language

     • Learn the Yiddish Alphabet

     • Learn a Language Through Duolingo (most libraries will give you free access)

     • Take a Variety of College Courses Online

     • Take a University Art Class

     • Intro to Coding through Making Art

     • Explore the Surface of Mars

     • Tour Farms and Learn about Food Production

     • Visit Ellis Island

Resources for Kids


      Emotional Health

     • Supporting Children's Wellbeing

     • 5 Ways to Help Children Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety


     • Math Games –  Games for 3–6 year olds that families can play together

     • Science Activities for Families

     • EDC’s Zoom In! – 18 free U.S. history units that build students’ literacy skills

     • Scholastic's Learn at Home

     • PBS Kids: Design Squad Global

     • National Geographic Kids

       Jennifer Stanchfield's blog - for educators now working online

     Listen to Stories

     • Storyline Online

     Read a Book

     • PJ Library has Jewish picture books, including some books online

     • PJ our Way has books for older kids

     For Teens

     • Join Temple Israel's Virtual Tent

     • Infectious Diseases – Four free lessons to help teens and young adults understand infectious diseases and make informed decisions

​​​​​​​Entertainment Ideas


     Event Listings

      • Jewish Boston's Event Listings

      • Jewish Arts Collaborative

     Go to the Theater

      • live stream of Rosie O'Donnell Show

     • 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home

      • National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene

     • ​​​​​​​Stream the Met Opera nightly for free

      Go to a Museum

     •  Guggenheim Museum, New York

      • National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

      • Musée d'Orsay, Paris

      • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

      • Pergamon Museum, Berlin

      • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

      • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

      • J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

      • Uffizi Gallery, Italy

      • Museu de Arte, São Paulo

      • The Louvre, Paris

     • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

     Watch a Movie

      • DC Environmental Film Festival online

      • ​​​​​​​Free 30-Day Trial of Chai Flicks

      • ​​​​​​​Join the New Israel Fund & Other Israel Film Festival Film Club

     Listen to a Podcast

      • ​​​​​​​Dolly Parton's America produced by WNYC


     Sing or Listen to Music

      • ​​​​​​​Singalong with the Social Isolation Song Series

      • ​​​​​​​Fred Hersch Facebook Live Concerts

      • Listen to free concerts


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