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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. Another helpful site is, and yet another non-governmental site to help find locations with available appointments is

More scheduling sites: 

CVS usually adds appointments for the coming 5 days at midnight and 1am.

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 April 7, 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. 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.


Guidelines for B'nei Mitzvah Mitzvah families of April, May and June 2021

This is an exciting time and we all want to celebrate safely! We have both indoor and outdoor in-person options for your ceremony location, so please let us know which site you prefer one month before the big day so we can thoroughly prepare technical and logistical staffing. Please note that all Shabbat services will also be Zoomed 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 will find seats within their designated labeled pod when they arrive. 

If you have a fever or are experiencing any Covid symptoms, you should not attend the ceremony. No food can be brought or shared during or after the CDT services.


If you would like to hold your B'Mitzvah ceremony in the CDT sanctuary, we can safely accommodate 35-45 persons, depending on the size and number of pods. Rabbi Toba has been fully vaccinated; we will not, however, require vaccinations or Covid-19 tests for attendees.

The set-up in the sanctuary will be as follows

  • Rabbi Toba will be up on the gallery stage at the far side of the sanctuary, and will be unmasked only during the service. While leading the service, she is 24 feet away from the closest guests in the sanctuary.
  • The only other staff member present will be Dennis Maler, CDT technician. He has been fully vaccinated, will be masked throughout the ceremony, and will be sitting sitting towards the back in the middle.
  • Attendees will remain masked throughout the ceremony, with the exception of when leading prayers or chanting from the Torah on the bimah, and when going up for an Aliyah.
  • Other guest pods will be seated at least 13 feet from the bimah and at least 6 feet from one another (this distance will be maintained between pods, not individuals). Guests must remain masked throughout the ceremony. 
  • Attendees will be asked to sing softly.


When at Gann Academy under our 2 canopies, we can safely and logistically accommodate between 50-150 guests. This number is dependent on the changing Covid landscape and recommendations by CDT's Re-entry Protocol Committee. We appreciate your patience with this changing number, so please feel free to call Melissa to discuss your specific situation on an ongoing basis.

  • Rabbi Toba will be unmasked during the service, and will be at least 13 feet from the b'mitzvah while leading the service. Guests will remain masked throughout the ceremony, but those who come up for Aliyot may unmask when they are leading prayers/reading from Torah/reciting a blessing.
  • Guests will be seated at least 13 feet from the bimah, some may be somewhat far from the  bimah depending on numbers. The sound system will reach all of the guests in attendance, even if visibility is limited.
  • CDT will provide a porta-potty and hand-washing for guests, and will also make sure that the ceremony is accessible via Zoom for guests ands congregants who are unable to attend in person.
  • We will do our best to hold the ceremony outdoors, rain or shine. If it seems likely that weather conditions will not permit us to hold the ceremony outdoors, we will shift to indoors a the CDT sanctuary. The decision to move indoors will be made by noon on the Thursday before the b'mitzvah.

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


     • 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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