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Opening Shul Youth Programs During COVID

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One of the more challenging decisions that a shul faces at this time is what to do about its youth program. I think most people in our community understand that our children attending Yeshiva day school in-person is an essential activity. Therefore, we are committed to safely try to ensure that school operate in a safe manner and we feel that the advantages of opening schools outweigh the risks. Unfortunately, we’ve seen an uptick in COVID cases in local communities and we have witnessed numerous school closings and grade closings within various schools. At the same time, we persevere as we try to ensure that the students follow the social distancing rules so that schools can remain open.

A shul youth program obviously is not as significant as a school. Some have argued that shul youth programs should remain closed until after the pandemic is effectively over and certainly not during an uptick. I understand the fear and the anxiety. A complete assessment of all the risks is beyond the purview of this article. However, any discussion must start with an understanding of what there is to gain by finding ways to........

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