Immunization Policy


Temple Beth El Religious Education Committee

Effective September 4, 2015

Revised September 29, 2015

Revised September 26, 2017

The Temple Beth El Religious Education Committee affirms that, in the case of mandatory immunizations, the Jewish values of pikuach nefesh (saving a life) and refuah bedukah (proven remedies) are our guiding principles. Reform Jewish religious tenets prioritize protecting the health of all individuals, the most medically vulnerable members of the community, and the community as a whole. Therefore, we require immunizations of our students for the following: measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap). In addition, we strongly encourage immunizations for these other contagious diseases: varicella (chicken pox) and hepatitis.

It should be noted that individuals who have been vaccinated for the above diseases cannot transmit them to unvaccinated persons.