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For those of you who decide to gather with family and friends and/or travel, please remember that both gathering with others and traveling increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Gathering Guide

You can get COVID-19 during your travels or when gathering with friends and family. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others. You and your gathering/travel companions (including children) may spread COVID-19 to other people including your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus (CDC, 2020).


With this in mind, the following policy remains in effect for all members of the Gan Sinai community:

  • Any air, train, or bus travel will require a minimum 7 day quarantine period before your child can return to Gan Sinai

  • If someone in your household travels by air, train, or bus, we ask that you get your family tested (PCR) before returning to school

  • Any area deemed a hotspot at the time of travel, will require a 14 day quarantine period before your child can return to Gan Sinai

    • Hotspots are defined as destinations where COVID19 cases are rapidly rising, or an area is experiencing a new outbreak of community spread

  • If you plan on spending time with loved ones or friends who are not a part of your immediate household, or if you are around a large group of people (Disney, etc.) and social distancing measures and precautions are not followed, you will also be required to quarantine for 7 days after your return, regardless of your mode of travel.


We fully support the COVID19 holiday celebration guide the CDC has provided for the general public. Many of our COVID guidelines have been adopted from the CDC best practices. Please read it here.


Key takeaways from the CDC holiday celebration guide:


  • When possible, avoid in person gatherings, and visit virtually

  • Outdoor gatherings are less risky than indoor gatherings

  • Longer gatherings pose a higher risk than shorter ones

  • If you are hosting a gathering, make sure you have procedures in place for mask wearing, handwashing, and social distancing for your attendees

  • As much as possible, limit the number of attendees

  • If you are planning to attend in-person holiday gatherings with people outside of your household, consider strictly avoiding contact with people outside of your household for 14 days before the gathering

  • Bring extra masks and supplies, such as hand sanitizer, aerosol sanitizing spray, and tissues when attending gatherings with people outside of your household

  • Be mindful of COVID19 cases in your community, as well as those you are traveling to, in order to reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID19


This guide is not all inclusive. We completely understand there will be gray areas because not all travel and/or gatherings carry the same risk levels. We are asking for complete transparency in an attempt to keep our Gan Sinai community safe. If you have upcoming travel plans, please notify us, so we can devise a plan to keep everyone as safe as possible.


If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi David at