Vaccination Policy

Announced May 2019
Updated August 14, 2022

Many in our local community, including Segulah participants, are concerned about the public health risks associated with the recent increase in infectious disease cases around the world. Segulah supports the following statements released by other DC and Maryland Jewish communities and is adopting a new vaccination policy.

  1. Not vaccinating yourself or your children seriously risks the health of others in your community.
  2. Segulah agrees with DC’s and Maryland’s Departments of Health: immunizations are the single most important way to protect from serious diseases.
  3. Our community includes individuals who are very young, very old, or may otherwise be unable to vaccinate on MEDICAL grounds, and not vaccinating yourself or your children puts these participants at serious risk.

For these reasons, Segulah is adopting the following vaccination policy:

In order to keep our community safe, welcoming, and accessible, Segulah requires that all attendees of Segulah events, including Shabbat services and children’s programming, be immunized following the (age-appropriate) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, including against measles.

For the purposes of COVID, this means that all Segulah attendees over the age of 6 months must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID to the maximum extent available to them. This means two doses of Moderna or Pfizer (or one of J&J) plus all boosters participants are eligible for. Attendees who are newly eligible for either vaccination or additional boosters must be vaccinated or boosted within 8 weeks of becoming eligible.

If you, or those in your household, are not vaccinated according to CDC recommendations, please do not attend Segulah events, unless you cannot receive vaccinations due to a documented MEDICAL condition.

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or how it applies to you or your family, we encourage you to reach out to us at [email protected] for a conversation.