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 Please note, this guide is a growing document.  We will be updating it with more information as we begin the semester!

Emotionally Close. Socially Distant.

Welcome all Freshmen and returning students to UConn!
We are thrilled to see you all!  It's been a while!

We’ll do everything in our ability to provide a safe Jewish experience on campus. To adapt to our new COVID-19 reality, we’ve developed Chabad Cares, a program for the 2020-21 academic year. Its goal is to remain emotionally close, even if we must keep socially distant. 

As we are planning to safely welcome students, please know that we are not rushing to reopen simply because we are allowed. We will be implementing a series of changes that allow us to be comfortable with the level of risk to our family and community. 

We recognize that everyone has a different comfort level, so we are sharing with you a glimpse at the process and conditions for how we would make this decision to open, including:

  • As we reopen, we would follow our Chabad Cares Reopening Guide, prepared for us by Chabad on Campus International. It’s a plan based on public health guidelines as well as government, state, local, and university regulations. It prioritizes your health and safety.

  • There will be several new health and safety practices including a reservation system to manage capacity, a health check for anyone who enters, and discontinuing the use of shared items.

  • Hand sanitizer and masks will be placed at any and all entrances.  Masks required when not eating.

  • Clear signage detailing relevant changes will be posted throughout the Chabad House & yard.

Though COVID-19 is not food borne and transmission through food consumption is unlikely to occur, we have put great care into our reopening food plan, with guidance from the CDC.

As long as the weather permits, we will be hosting in person Shabbat & Holiday Services and Shaindel's delicious home made Meals. 
All to take place in Chabad's front yard. 


  • Pre-plated food; no buffets or family-style serving of food
  • Our chairs will be set up in a socially distant manner
  • Use of disposable versus non-disposable items
  • Masks for the individuals preparing and serving food
  • Ongoing disinfecting of surfaces 

Once the weather gets colder or in the event of rain, we will be providing beautiful and delicious Shabbat to go Kits complete with home made Challah, grape juice, dinner, desert and a Shabbat Guide.

Stay tuned for our High Holiday Programming! 

We are excited to create thriving Jewish life and community on campus–safely and responsibly. If you have any questions, need to connect or just want to schmooze, contact Rabbi & Shaindel here!

We got you covered!

Rabbi & Shaindel