As we navigate uncharted waters during the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to share how Hillel will be operating for students when they arrive back on campus for the Fall 2021 semester. We have worked very hard over the past year to provide a safe space, following guidance from the CDC, state and local regulations and Michigan State University recommendations. Our plan is a living document that will evolve as we continue to evaluate best practices and adapt to new information and guidance.
Our building will resume normal hours for student access, Sunday - Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. and Thursday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Students can expect to wear masks when moving about the building but may remove them when seated and studying. Students will be required to sign-in to allow for contact tracing should it become necessary.
We plan to resume in-person Shabbat dinners and monthly brunches that will be held outdoors for the first weeks of the semester. We will also hold high holiday meals outside under a tent (services will remain virtual). A shift to indoor dining may return based on state and local regulations and university recommendations.
While we anticipate a return to in-person programming, we will still offer virtual fellowships and activities and leverage alternatives (e.g. outdoor spaces) to promote physical distancing as much as possible.
Our professional team is fully vaccinated and cannot wait to warmly welcome you to campus! We will do everything we can to provide a warm and caring community with innovative programming this fall. If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.332.1916.
Wishing you and your family good health in the year ahead,