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AAC Covid Policies

A letter to the congregation, 09/20/21

Dear friends,
 
As the COVID caseload in the region continues to rise, the board of Agudas Achim congregation has implemented a consistent and uniform policy that enables us to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, congregants, and guests. This policy began for attendance at Rosh Hashanah services and is now modified to cover all in-person activities at the synagogue. 


Universal masks: Masks are required for everyone older than two years of age for any programming, activity, or services indoors or outdoors on the grounds of the synagogue. Masks are to be properly worn completely covering the nose and mouth. If you need a mask break, you may take your mask off outdoors if you are at least 6 feet distanced from other people.

Vaccination for building entry: We require all medically eligible persons coming into the synagogue building for any purpose to be fully vaccinated. Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination (paper or electronic scans of the CDC vaccination card) to staff or ushers who request to see them upon entry. We are working with staff to enable you to register your vaccination card with the office. Those under age 12 who are medically ineligible for vaccination are not required to be tested.
Anyone with a medical exemption should raise their requests directly with Barry Nove, Executive Director.

Anyone who is sick, showing any potential COVID symptoms (congestion or runny nose, cough, fever or chills, headache, muscle or body aches, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), recently exposed to someone with a positive case of COVID, or is awaiting the results of a COVID test, should stay home and should not come to the synagogue for any activities.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we seek to fight the pandemic and keep our community safe and healthy.

5 Things To Know About Coronavirus Variants 
(From Virginia Department of Health, April 7, 2021)
1.    Current COVID-19 variants of concern spread more rapidly and some cause more severe illness.
2.    Rapid spread could lead to more cases, more deaths, and could overwhelm hospitals and healthcare resources.
3.    The more the COVID-19 virus circulates, the greater the chances that new mutations or variants can develop.
4.    Variants of concern have been identified in Virginia and are likely more common in our communities than the number of reported cases suggest.
5.    Public health recommendations to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 will also work to protect us from these new variants. Keep yourself and others safer by: 
   - Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth when you are around people not in your own household, even if you are outside
   - Staying at least 6 feet apart from other people when possible
   - Keeping away from large crowds
   - Washing your hands often
   - Getting the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn
Make Sure Your Mask Works the Best It Can
From the CDC
1. Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask
 
2. Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out. A mask with layers will stop more respiratory droplets getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask if you are sick.
A Prayer Upon Vaccination
Rabbi Rein and Hazzan Dienstfrey offer this message and prayer upon receiving the coronavirus vaccine.
 
Local Health Departments
   Please refer to your local health department for vaccination information.

City of Alexandria Health Department COVID-19 Information
https://www.alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus
Vaccination registration form: https://redcap.vdh.virginia.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=FHW4TYF8MP
 
Arlington County Health Department COVID-19 Information
https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/
Vaccination registration forms: https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/vaccines/registration/
 
Fairfax County Health Department COVID-19 Information
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus
Vaccication registration form: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine/registration
 
D.C. Department of Health
Distribution, registration: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine

Community Updates

Message to the community from our clergy, January 14, 2021
Letter to Our Community, from Congregation President Meredith Ludwig, March 11, 2020
Message to the community, March 13, 2020
Video message from Rabbi Rein, April 1, 2020
Video message from Hazzan Dienstfrey, April 1, 2020

Message from ALIVE!

ALIVE! needs a lot of support now. Read the  message (03/23/2020) from ALIVE! President Eric Winakur, and ALIVE! Executive Director Jennifer Ayers.
Fri, October 22 2021 16 Cheshvan 5782