A Federation Health Advisory Committee was formed in order to advise the Columbia Jewish Federation (CJF) how to best mitigate the spread of Covid-19 at gatherings and events. In addition to following CDC and DHEC procedures, the CJF has created specific guidelines for Federation events in collaboration with the Federation Health Advisory Committee. 


  • The safest option for a Federation event is through a virtual platform
  • In-person events are recommended to be conducted in an outdoor area or covered indoor/outdoor area such as a porch
  • Masks and proper mask-wearing is recommended for all indoor events
  • Do not attend an event if you are quarantined for a Covid-19 virus or  recent exposure, feeling ill, have an elevated temperature, or are waiting for a pending Covid-19 test result
  • All individuals 5 years old and older are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated, including booster shots
  • The Federation urges unvaccinated community members to join the events through a virtual platform


Personal responsibility is encouraged. There is a known inherent risk of Covid-19 transmission and contraction when coming into physical contact with others. Individuals attending Federation-sponsored events take on the risk of possible Covid-19 exposure, despite the safety precautions implemented.


Columbia Jewish Federation Health Advisory Committee


Covid-19 Educational Resources for the Community 

Link to January 18th Covid-19 Education Webinar hosted by Beth Shalom  Synagogue, Tree of Life Congregation, Chabad of Columbia, Columbia Jewish  Federation, and the Katie & Irwin Khan Jewish Community Center: 

Credible information about Covid-19: 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (current rates, testing,  and vaccine information) 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (symptom check, quarantine and isolation,  and vaccine information) 

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (additional resources for parents and Q&A about vaccines for kids) 

World Health Organization (guidance and research reports) 


Confronting Health Misinformation: The Surgeon General’s Advisory on Building a  Healthy Information Environment (report on the importance of avoiding misinformation  and disinformation) misinformation/index.html