Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

As we implement best practices for staying healthy, we embrace the value of pikuach nefesh, the primacy of the sanctity of life. We take this obligation seriously and are excited to provide you with safe spaces to gather as we continue to build Jewish community at Hillel 818.

The details below describe procedures which will be in place for Fall 2021 until further notice. Our COVID policies are reviewed regularly to take into consideration evolving CDC recommendations, CA and Los Angeles laws, and the policies of our campuses. We reserve the right to change these policies at any time.

For now, Hillel 818 programs will either be outdoors or online. For all in-person programs, both outdoor and when we start doing indoor programs, you must provide proof of vaccination via your vaccination card (presenting a digital copy is fine). You only need to show proof of vaccination once, after which you will not need to provide proof of vaccination to further programs.

Until further notice, masks are required at all Hillel 818 outdoor and in-person programs, except while eating. Disposable masks will be available to all guests who do not arrive with their own mask.

If you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons, please contact Matt Baram, Executive Director at mattb@hillel818.org so we can make proper accommodations. Please also see the section below about accommodating unvaccinated students.

Please familiarize yourself with the following policies so that we can work together to keep each other safe and healthy, and so that we can ensure Hillel events can continue throughout the semester.

We are excited to utilize the Merridy backyard, as well as other outdoor locations throughout the valley, for outdoor programs.

For now, the Merridy building will not be open to students for casual hanging out/studying during the day except for specified meetings as approved by staff. Masks will be required at all indoor meetings. No indoor meeting will exceed 5 total people, and social distancing should be maintained during those meetings.

For official Hillel outdoor coffee conversations, meetings, walks, etc., masks may be taken off if all parties are vaccinated, agree, and if there are less than 5 total people present.

We are hopeful that the Plummer building renovation will be completed by the end of the calendar year. We will share the policies for the new building later this semester.

Students who are unable to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons must show proof of exception to a Hillel staff member. Upon approval, these students will be permitted to attend Hillel events with the following requirements: (1) proof of a negative test within 24-36 hours; (2) masking for the entirety of the event or engagement.

Community Guidelines

Hillel 818 programming, unless otherwise specified, is intended for 18-25 year old emerging Jewish adults and allies of the Jewish community who are working towards their undergraduate degrees.*

Our community is built on the following principles, which we expect to be upheld b all program attendees and community members:

Safety: Your safety and the safety of our community will always be out top priority, and it includes physical, mental, and emotional safety, predicated on non-violence, no bullying, and consent.

Respect: Our words and actions will be “לְשֵׁם שָׁמַיִם” (leshem shamayim) - in the name of heaven, which means that we will act with respect for each other, our space, the organization, and the world at large.

Inclusion & Diversity: We celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, as we are created in the image of God. Let's be different, together!

Welcoming: Like Abraham with the 3 strangers, we will treat both new and veteran members of our Hillel 818 community like valued members of our Hillel 818 family.

When there is a violation of these principles, the Hillel staff member in charge will determine an appropriate response. For serious infractions of our community expectations, at the discretion of the Executive Director, a student must go through a process of teshuvah (repentance) supervised by a Hillel appointed Rabbi or spiritual advisor, before they are allowed to continue as an active member of our community.

*Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in Greater Los Angeles, of any age, who are in good standing with their Universities and Hillel 818, may use our facility to study during normal Hillel business hours of 9:30am-5pm.