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CBE During Covid-19

Posted July 26, 2021/Updated August 12, 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 COVID-19 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.
  • Events with a focus on children younger than 12 years old should occur outdoors  


  • Indoor Congregation activities at CBE (or off-site) should be limited to vaccinated individuals, for those eligible
  • We will ask all participants joining indoor CBE events to attest, prior to each event, that they are fully vaccinated if eligible.  Here is the attestation form that you will complete.
  • 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.
  • No food, beverages or meals at any indoor events.

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
Tue, September 28 2021 22 Tishrei 5782