DU Hillel Summer 2020 Updates

At DU Hillel the health and safety of our students is our top priority. Next in importance is keeping them grounded in the Jewish values they need these days – more than ever. We modified our spring and early summer programming for students – those still in Denver and those who have returned to their family homes. As the re-opening of DU draws near student leaders and staff have been in close touch as we begin to imagine what Hillel programming will look like in the highly-fluid Covid19 reality.

The Covid19 crisis our DU Hillel students have navigated has had led to one of the most unprecedented times ever for our students. When the university went 100% online, so did DU Hillel. Now, as university officials discuss and publicize their plans to reopen, DU Hillel will ponder its immediate future, as well: student leaders and staff will participate fully in Hillel of Colorado’s Covid19 Safety Task Force, and we will keep everybody fully informed and involved. In the meantime, we will continue to update our DU Hillel Facebook and Instagram feeds, navigating the online world with our passions and love of Hillel. The content is student-generated by DU student board officers and interns, while staff and student leaders take turns reaching out to our Hillel friends and family who we know need some extra support.

Please contact me for anything as we navigate this together.
Shalom,
Noam Dahary
DU Hillel Campus Director; 720-434-1131; [email protected]

The following sign appears on the door of the DU Hillel House:

Covid19 Safety Protocols
for all students, parents, staff, lessors and guests
as of July 24, 2020

Welcome to our Hillel, an inclusive community where all students are welcome to enjoy our space, share in our fellowship, and attend our programs. The safety and well-being of our participants is always our primary concern, so please follow these health and safety protocols carefully.

Please note that even with our enhanced infection and disease-transmission controls and procedures in place to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, there is a risk that you could be exposed to COVID-19.

Your entrance into this building and/or your participation in activities is:

– your consent to and acknowledgement of this risk.

– your agreement to comply with Hillel’s protocols for infection and disease transmission control (including contact tracing), and to provide accurate health, travel, and safety information for the welfare of all.


Covid19 Safety Protocols

To comply with current Covid19 mitigation best practices and to protect yourselves and others within the spirit of Jewish communal practice, we require that you adhere to these protocols:

IV. Stay away if:

a. you (or anyone you are in contact with) is ill, or if you’ve had a fever within 72 hours.
b. you have had a positive Covid19 test result within two weeks – and return only after you have a negative test result.



V. You must:

a. wear a mask (available at Hillel) that covers your mouth and nose completely at all times and places within Hillel’s facilities except when one is alone inside of a private office.
b. observe all social distancing protocols and use hand sanitizer (available at Hillel) and wash your hands often.
c. refrain from touching another, and from kissing mezuzot, siddurim, chumashim, or Torah scrolls.



Most of us have never experienced anything like this pandemic and its disruptive nature. Our Jewish tradition teaches us to be thoughtful, resourceful, and calm in the face of challenges both small and great – and to assure the health and safety of all to the best of our ability. Our sources provide us with many teachings about how to serve each other, our community, and the wider community best during challenging times. Hillel is here to help you process your thoughts & feelings, to provide you with extra support, and to help us become our best selves.