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Congregation Beth HaTephila

An Engaging, Inclusive, Reform Congregation in the Blue Ridge Mountains



  1. Any student or staff that is showing signs/symptoms consistent with COVID 19 infection are asked to refrain from attending religious school that week.  We ask that you or your child be symptom free and have a negative (PCR) test prior to return.  Symptoms include:
    1. Fever or chills
    2. Cough
    3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    4. Fatigue
    5. Muscle or body aches
    6. Headache
    7. New loss of taste or smell
    8. Sore throat
    9. Congestion or runny nose
    10. Nausea or vomiting
    11. Diarrhea
  2. Any unvaccinated student who has been deemed a “close contact” of an individual with Covid 19 should have been directed to quarantine by the buncombe county health department or their local medical provider.  This is defined as being 15 minutes even if masks were utilized.  Any student under a quarantine order should not attend religious school. 
  3. Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that unvaccinated students who have been informed by their school that they have had a classroom contact but were not a “close contact” undergo a PCR test 3 days after their exposure and have a negative result prior to attending religious school.
  4. We also ask that vaccinated students and staff who have been informed that they have had a “close contact” with an infected individual undergo PCR testing 3 days after last exposure with negative results prior to returning to religious school.
  5. If CBHT is informed that an infected individual has attended religious school, we will inform all members of their class that they had a classroom contact.  As we are following masking and distancing protocols, no exposures should be deemed a “close contact”.  Any exposed individuals should discuss quarantine requirements with their medical provider or the Buncombe County Health Department.   

If your child was at religious school during a possibly contagious period, was deemed a close contact, or is under quarantine, please report this information directly to Seth.
New procedures for dropoff and pickup:

Only Religious School students will be allowed inside the building.  Our fabulous Madrichim will be collecting and escorting your children into the classrooms at the start of the day.  We ask that families follow these guidelines:

Dropoff - 9:20-9:30am Please be on time!

  1. Park in the lot
  2. For students in third grade and below:

Walk your student to their class’ Madrich stationed on the sidewalk (who will be holding a class sign)

  1. Students fourth grade and older:

Your student may walk to class on their own.  You may walk them to the door or they may walk from your parking spot on their own. Please exercise caution in the lot.

  1. Do not drive through the dropoff/pickup lane for the safety of the children gathering in front.

* There will be adults helping these transitions along*

Pickup for 3yr olds through Kindergartners will be at 11:45 and 12:00 for 1st through 7th graders:

  1. Park in the lot.
  2. Walk up and retrieve student from Teacher/Madrichim stationed on sidewalk.
  3. Wait for older students if you have them who will be released at 12:00. 
  4. Do not drive through the dropoff/pickup lane for the safety of the children gathering in front

Inclement weather:

In the event that weather is so bad that we need to be inside during dropoff/pickup, drop your child at the door for dropoff, and walk to the door so your child can be called to you for pickup.

Vaccination requirement

All students 12 and older are required to show proof of vaccination for entry into Religious School.

Please email me a photo of your child’s vaccination card that I will keep on file.

Other measures we will use to keep our children and community safe:

  • All children will wear masks while at religious school including during outside time.  Teachers will give mask breaks outside, as appropriate and with sufficient social distancing.
  • Students will have assigned seats in class and will be spaced at least 3 feet apart.
  • Hand washing will be encouraged when possible and hand sanitizer will be available in the classrooms.
  • Please send your child with a full water bottle.  Drinking fountains have been decommissioned for safety reasons.
  • There will be no snacks for students Kindergarten and older.  The Pre-K children will snack outside when possible or inside with safety precautions in place like ventilation and spacing.
  • Kehila Tephila will be held outside in the amphitheater whenever possible.  When weather doesn’t allow it, we will be in the Sanctuary, grouped by class.  To make the spacing possible, no parents are invited to Kehila Tephila right now.  I know, this is sad.
  • We will spend as much time outside as possible, so please have children dress for the weather.

Thank you for following these protocols and keeping all of our families safe.  As circumstances change, and as we are advised by our Medical Advisory Committee, some of these procedures may change.  Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this together!




Jewish learning is a lifelong undertaking, and has been valued since the birth of Judaism. “Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead; inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and your gates” (Deut. 6:6-9).

CBHT is a community committed to the shared practice of lifelong learning that nourishes the mind, heart and soul. We believe the Jewish community is stronger when we are engaged in a journey of continued learning and growth.

At all ages and stages, shared Jewish learning offers us intellectual challenge, spiritual enrichment, and the opportunity to form deep and sustaining friendships. We stimulate one another's minds and hearts by questioning our thoughts and engaging in discussion. Learning together we pursue expansive thought, fearless engagement, and understanding in ways that are accessible and relevant to our lives. Our connection to Jewish life is a point of connection to the world and is enhanced in this generation and in future generations.


Mon, September 25 2023 10 Tishrei 5784