Everyone is eager to know the same thing:
What will Jewish life at Tufts look like when the semester commences?
We are monitoring the very fluid situation closely because we would love nothing more than to host you for Shabbat, discussion groups, get-togethers, and simply to catch up.
We want you to know, whether we are physically closed or open, we will do everything in our ability to give you a Jewish experience and a “home away from home” on campus.
To adapt to our new COVID-19 reality, we’ve developed a new system for the Fall 2020 semester. We call this robust and relevant mission Chabad CARES. Its goal is to remain emotionally close, even if we must keep socially distant.
As the situation on campus changes, we will continue to adapt and develop Chabad CARES resources to support you.
The graphic at the bottom of this page will provide you with a basic overview of what those changes consist of. If you have specific questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Rabbi Tzvi.
What follows is a brief overview of what you can expect this semester:
According to current city and university guidelines in-person gathering for Shabbat and holiday dinners is not feasible at this time. We are monitoring this aspect closely and will commence in-person hosting as soon as it is safe to do so.
Chabad has launched a “Shabbat-To-Go” system. This will allow us to provide what you need for your own Shabbat or holiday dinner that can be picked up at the Chabad House weekly (and before each holiday) and will include options to join pre-Shabbat Zoom programming. More information can be found here.
With the High Holidays around the corner, we want to reassure you that we will provide the fullest possible experience allowed. This will include a full Rosh Hashanah Brisket Dinner-To-Go package, pre-holiday programming and relevant and meaningful holiday materials.
We are committed to helping the individual members of our community create a Jewish space of their own, whether in your dormitory room or off-campus housing, in the form of Shabbat and holiday packages, mezuzah and other Jewish items and experiences.
We are committed to offering opportunities for growth. Whether it is through one on one study or through joining one of our many classes - there will be opportunities both virtual and safely distanced in-person classes and discussion groups.
We are committed to being there emotionally for you as you navigate this unusual time. Individual connections, either virtually or in person (in compliance with safety standards), has always been a priority at the Chabad House. We are here for you as friends, a listening ear, a support system to lean on, or any other way we can be.
At Tufts, we are blessed to be part of a community of Jumbos who look out for each other and express that care in practical and meaningful ways. We have launched the Chabad CARES Student Task Force to allow students to be able to be part of spreading the love and care. To join and help out, click here.
The world may be a different place since we last met, but our goal remains the same: to create thriving Jewish life and community on campus for you. Make sure you check in whenever you return.
And if you are participating fully remotely this semester, please do take advantage of all of the virtual opportunities provided. We look forward to the time when things can go back to normal. In the meantime, if there is anything you need or you just want to schmooze, you know where to find us.
Virtual Office Hours on Zoom
Set up a private meeting with your choice of family or board members!