Keeping our community healthy & calm

Dear Friend,
As a community that comes together regularly for cultural celebrations and events, we are writing to share some guidelines about how to stay healthy, calm and engaged in this time of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). 
We are monitoring the protocols distributed daily by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks. At the current time the risk to Boston residents remains low.
At the same time, it is still cold & flu season, so a few extra precautions can help us all to take care of ourselves and each other and prevent the spread of germs. As an intergenerational community that is committed to accessibility and inclusion, the guidelines below will help us not just to take care of ourselves, but to care for each other. 
At the current time, all upcoming BWC events are scheduled to go on with some modifications & extra health guidelines:
  • If you are sick, please stay home. We are working to livestream more events so you can enjoy from the comfort of your home! 
  • Please wash your hands thoroughly (for 20 seconds) when you arrive and (if applicable) before and after eating. 
  • We will also provide hand sanitizer at all BWC events (if possible, please do not use hand sanitizer as a substitute for hand washing).
  • Please cough/sneeze into your elbow, not your hand.
  • If you’ve traveled to a place the CDC is designating "Level 3," please wait to attend BWC programs until you’ve been symptom-free for 14 days upon return. Current Level 3 countries are China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Please visit the CDC site for the most up-to-date information. (Please also let us know so that we can stay informed and provide support)
  • For upcoming events that include potlucks, we are making the following modifications: 
  • Jewish Muslim Shabes DinnerFriday, March 13th - This is no longer a potluck. We are catering the event & will have designated servers.
  • Community Passover Seder, Saturday, April 4th - We are working to make some modifications and hope to have a healthy and festive seder together. We will update you as we get closer to the event.
Overall, this is a time to take extra good care of yourself and each other: Get plenty of rest, make yourself a cup of tea, open the windows or get out and breathe in some fresh air! This poem, “Wash Your Hands,” by Dori Midnight has brought me solace this week.
If you have a compromised immune system or if you feel nervous about being around large groups of people during this time, staying home might be the best option. Look out for each other. If you know a BWC member who is choosing to stay home, give them a call to check in.
There’s a lot of fear in the air, let’s see if we can counteract that as a community by turning towards each other with love and compassion. 
In Community,
Jen Kiok, Executive Director


Special Events this Week


Jewish-Muslim Shabes
Friday, March 13, 6:15pm
@ Temple Beth Zion
We will share stories and a catered meal with Jewish and Muslim guests. The evening will provide an opportunity to socialize, get a glimpse into each other's lives, and share stories of strength, hope and resistance. Learn more.
Shule Purim Shpiel & Carnival, Sunday, March 15, 10:15am
@ the Runkle School
This event is geared for families and open to the whole community! The kids are putting on an amazing, one-of-a-kind shpiel, and there will be carnival games & pizza being served. Bring friends! Learn more.


To view all regular meetings & events, visit our website calendar.