COVID-19 Policy

We are so excited to be back hosting events in person, and meeting our student and young adult communities on campus and around Madison. To protect the health and safety of our participants, staff, and volunteers, we are following the recommendations from the CDC and operating in alignment with our campus, The University of Wisconsin - Madison, which requires COVID-19 vaccinations or an exemption form and regular testing in order to participate in programs, and/or when occupying any office space, building or other rented location.   

The details below describe procedures which will be in place for fall 2021 until further notice, and the values guiding our approach. These rules apply to all of our Hillel spaces. Our COVID-19 policies are reviewed regularly to take into consideration evolving recommendations. We reserve the right to change these policies at any time. 

Thank you for working with us to keep each other safe and healthy, and to ensure Hillel events continue in-person throughout the fall. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy 

  • In keeping with the University’s policies, UW students attending UW Hillel events/programs must be fully vaccinated or taking part in an active testing regimen.  

  • Programs and events are open to all UW-Madison Students.  

  • Edgewood and Madison College students and community members are invited to participate, but must reach out to if they are interested in participating in Hillel activities.  

Event/Building Guidelines 

  • You may not come to any Hillel if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

  • Fever, chills, or repeated shaking/shivering 

  • Cough, sore throat 

  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing 

  • Unusual weakness or fatigue 

  • Loss of taste or smell 

  • Muscle pain, headache (more than usual) 

  • Runny nose or congestion 

  • Diarrhea 

  • A temperature over 100 degrees. 

  • Masks are required for everyone in all indoor settings. Disposable masks will be available to all guests who do not arrive with their own mask. Proper mask wearing covers both the nose and mouth. 

  • You may remove your mask briefly to eat or drink; we ask that you please put your mask  back on when you are done. 

  • Social distancing is encouraged at all times.  

  • You may not come to any Hillel event if you are sick or have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19. 

  • If you get sick during an event or while in a shared space, you should notify a staff member, get tested, and quarantine until your results return.  

  • If you get sick within 7 days post-event or within 7 days of being in a shared space, you should get tested and notify a member of the Hillel staff of your results. 

  • You will act responsibly for your own well-being, but also for the well-being of other students, guests, and staff. Personal safety measures differ from person to person, but at an event, you will comply with these guidelines. 

  • You will assess your own comfort and respect others’ comfort level for physical contact and space as we engage with one another. You will respect others’ boundaries, and ask before engaging in physical touch, hugs or handshakes.  

Cancellation Policy 

In the event that weather or other circumstances require Hillel to cancel an event, this will be communicated 2 hours before the event begins. For events that are scheduled for during Shabbat or during the high holy days, we will communicate any cancellations 2 hours before the holiday starts. 

What happens if you’re exposed to COVID-19? 

  • WE CAN'T HELP BEING EXPOSED TO COVID. Our personal and professional lives are built around being with people - exposure is going to happen, and it is no one's fault.  

  • If you have been to an event in the last 7 days and found out you have been exposed to COVID-19, please let us know as soon as possible. It would also be helpful if you allow us to share your name with other participants so they can also take the necessary safety precautions.  

  • Current CDC guidelines recommend that people in close proximity to someone with COVID-19 should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, when the viral load is large enough to be detected.  

  • Until you receive a negative test after exposure, please do not attend in-person events. We love to see you, but unfortunately we need to prioritize everyone’s health and safety.  

  • If you have attended an event with someone who, it turns out, tested positive for COVID, we will inform you as soon as we know so you can go through the necessary school/community processes and get tested.  

Hillel’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines are rooted in our Jewish Values  

  • Pikuach nefesh is the Jewish mandate to save a life. It is so important that it takes precedence over all other Jewish ethical obligations. 

  • Kol Yisrael aravim zeh bazeh means that we are all responsible for one another, not just ourselves. We take precautions for our own safety, but also for the other members of our community, especially the most vulnerable. We agree to follow all precautions, even if they do not resonate with us individually so that we may be able to be in community and spend time together. As we practice communal responsibility, we may, at times, hold ourselves to a different standard of safety than other places we frequent.   

  • We are all created B’tselem Elohim, in the Divine image. Everyone across the spectrum of identity, background and belief deserves respect and belongs in our community. 

  • Emunah is the trust we put in others. Personal safety measures may differ for each of us, but in our community, we trust the policies and processes outlined by our staff, lay and student leaders. 

Thank you for being a part of our community, and taking responsibility for our collective health and safety.   


If you need help or want to give help during this difficult time, please reach out to any Hillel Staff 

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