This year’s High Holiday programming for children under 12 and their families will once again need to take into account safety measures in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As the number of vaccinated adults and teens continues to rise, and the transmission of COVID-19 is slowing in many places, we have begun to reopen our sanctuaries and gather for services once again in accordance with both CDC guidelines and the recommendations stipulated in the teshuvah by Rabbi Joshua Heller.
We have learned that children, including very young children, can develop COVID-19. While many of them have mild or even no symptoms, others have faced serious health challenges, and some have even died. Furthermore, it has been noted that a potentially severe and dangerous complication can occur in children.