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CBE During COVID19

Updated December 15, 2021

Dear CBE Community,

On this page we will keep up-to-date information on current COVID guidelines for CBE Congregational Activities, including religious services, meetings, social events and religious school activities.  

As mentioned previously, the decision making of CBE leadership and the COVID19 Task Force with respect to the “opening” of CBE is guided by Jewish values, which include:

  • Pikuah Nefesh — “Safeguarding Life” 
  • Sakanat Nefeshot — “Avoiding Endangering Life” 
  • Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh — “We Are Responsible for One Another”

Please contact Rabbi Mike at or Co-Presidents Chuck Pollak or Jaymi Formaggio at for guidance. Be well and stay safe!

Current Guidelines


  • Outdoor activities are encouraged for all ages.  
  • Meals and snacks are allowed outdoors.
  • Non-religious school events with a focus on children younger than 12 years old should occur outdoors when possible 


  • Congregation activities, both indoors at CBE or indoors off-site must be limited to vaccinated individuals, for those 12 years old and up, and, effective February 1, 2022, those 5 years old and up.
  • Masks must be properly worn at all times when inside the building. Please note that, during services, the speaker/prayer leader may unmask while at the podium or bima, and while distanced from others. Any unmasked clergy/staff have taken "day of" rapid COVID tests as an extra safety precaution.
  • We strongly encourage maintaining a safe distance of at least 3 feet between household groups (2 empty seats on either side in the sanctuary).
  • No food, beverages or meals at any indoor events.
  • Please be aware that adults who are not teachers or staff may not enter the building during Religious school hours (Sundays 9:30am-1:30pm, Tuesdays from 3:15-6:15pm, and Thursdays from 3:15-6:15pm), unless you have a scheduled meeting with Rabbi Mike or Cantor Sarra or another pre-approved activity in the building.  Minyan participants are asked to head directly into the sanctuary.
  • For families planning a B'nai Mitzvah, please be sure to review all safety guidelines ahead of time. CLICK HERE to access the policy document.
  • Anyone in need of a medical exemption can contact the CBE COVID19 Task Force at
  • Also, please do not attend any CBE in-person events if you have new upper respiratory symptoms even if you are vaccinated unless you have tested negative for COVID19.  This is especially important during these winter months.

If you would like to help:

CBE has established two funds to which you can donate.  Read the May 1st letter describing these funds.
  • The Zeh baZeh Fund:  To provide emergency relief for our members and staff and the instructors at our religious school and the ELC. 
    • The Darchei Shalom Fund:  To support the Acton Food Pantry
All CBE ZOOM events require a password. 
To find the password for an event, check the latest STAR-Lite, check with the event organizer, or ask Shoshana,, 978-263-3061.  Please review Suggested Etiquette for Zoom Services
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