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Chabad at Indiana University Fall 2020 Semester Plan 

We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy!  Whether we’re physically closed or open, we’ll do everything in our ability to provide a 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. We have been in close contact with medical experts and our campus administration while developing this plan. We are committed to following all federal, state, and local regulations.  

Below are some updates of how we plan to run our operations at Chabad at Indiana University this semester. Of course, times are ever evolving, so look out for follow-up communications. 


Before you arrived on campus, we worked on creating a plan with our task force, including the following:

Cleaning and disinfecting our Chabad House

Creating a plan to maintain social distancing standards 

Developing an RSVP system for capacity management and tracing

Chabad House restrictions & ‘touch points’ limitation (communal areas, shared items, food preparation) 

Creating a health screening checklist for anyone who will enter our Chabad House

Welcome Week 

We’re excited to welcome you back to campus! 

-Stop by and pick up a welcome kit 

-Contact us directly to arrange a time to say hi


Here at Chabad at Indiana University and for thousands of years, Shabbat is a mainstay of keeping our community together! 

-Shabbat to go packages until further notice

-Possibly Shabbat meals outside with limited RSVP and health screening 

High Holidays 

With one of the most auspicious times of the Jewish calendar quickly approaching, we are planning many options to serve the needs of our community here on campus with a range of options for you to choose from. 

Here are some possible tentative options: 

-A High Holiday Kit - a guide from the Rabbi, selected prayers for your dorm, homemade Challah and honey cake 

-Shofar blowing at various locations around campus 

-Outdoor tent with small group service with participants RSVPs, prior health screening, and maintaining social distancing - masks and 6 feet apart

-Limited size indoor service - requiring RSVPs, prior health screening, and maintaining social distancing - masks and 6 feet apart

Learning Opportunities

There will be a wide array of learning opportunities available this semester. 

-One-on-one learning opportunities

-Small group learning opportunities - requiring RSVPs, prior health screening, and maintaining social distancing (masks and 6 feet apart) 

-Virtual opportunities

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