Health & Safety Guidelines

Health & Safety Guidelines for Participating in In-Person Events at BHBE

Thank you for being part of the BHBE community! We are excited to welcome you to BHBE in a manner that is informed by public health guidance, protects members of our kehilla (community), and upholds the Jewish value of pikuah nefesh, or saving a life.


We follow a “masks encouraged” policy that allows members and guests to exercise their own discretion when it comes to wearing masks. Please note that mask wearing not only remains very welcome, but is encouraged for a wide variety of congregants. Those who are older, have underlying health conditions, are immunocompromised, have high-risk or unvaccinated household members, or who just do not want to get sick may wish to remain masked. We are a diverse community, with a variety of views on masking, and we appreciate your continued kindness towards individuals who may make different choices.



Everyone must be fully up-to-date on the COVID-19 vaccines for which they are eligible. For the health and safety of our youngest children, who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated, we ask that children under the age of 5 continue to wear masks, and that both children and adults wear masks at indoor programming designed for young children such as Tot Shabbat and Families with Littles programs.



Kiddush will be set up for eating and socializing at tables after services. Weather permitting, tables will also be set up outdoors in our tent. Children and adults alike are welcome at kiddush.


Additional Guidelines

  • Please do not visit BHBE if you or members of your household are sick or test positive for COVID-19.
  • Physical distancing remains encouraged. Please respect people’s personal space and continue to avoid crowding.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Michael Kahn at




Self-screening tool

Chicago Department of Public Health


By attending events, individuals agree to abide by the rules of the synagogue. BHBE cannot guarantee safety and is not liable for injuries or sickness as a result of attendance.