BH

May 25, 2020

 

Dear Community, Friends, 

I hope this letter finds you well.

I would like to start by thanking each one of you for your patience, understanding, and support as we were forced to close the doors of our shul during these unprecedented times. It is beautiful to watch our community come together as a family and be there for each other during this crisis.

Closing the synagogue was in the best interest of everybody’s health and safety, and that is why we ask you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we reopen under the following strict guidelines.

Please understand, we cannot make any exceptions that will compromise the health of another, and while we understand that everyone might have different opinions and levels of adherence in their homes, we ask that you respect the standards that we are setting forth with regards to the safety of our synagogue and community, and kindly request, that anyone who cannot respect these rules please stay home.

We will be starting with Phase One; opening the synagogue for Shavuot, and based on the efficiency of these guidelines, we will reevaluate and adjust accordingly for the coming weeks.

We are being advised by both Torah and medical authorities and were told, that if there is even one case of COVID-19 in the community during this period, we will be forced to close our doors unfortunately once again. We urge you to have consideration for others, as there are serious liabilities that can result from your actions. We are all responsible for one another.

To be clear: although we are partially reopening the Shul, this is not a call of encouragement to join, rather an option for those that are yearning to participate in the mitzvah of joining a minyan, and hearing the Ten Commandments on Shavuot.

The Torah says (Deuteronomy 4:15) “Ve’nishmartem Me’od Le’nafshotechem; And you shall watch yourselves very well”. That being said, your health is the top priority. If you are the least bit uncomfortable being in a closed environment with others, you are not Halachically required to attend. Please stay home until you feel comfortable.

We strongly suggest for all to consult with your DOCTOR before making a decision to attend 

 

With all of the above in mind, here are the guidelines for attending:

SERVICES:

Shavuot, Friday morning, May 29

There will be 3 readings of the Ten Commandments and one full Shacharit service with the limit of 30 people per Minyan.

First Torah reading:8:30-9:30 am sharp: Seniors ONLY (ages 60 and up)

Shacharit Minyan and Torah reading: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm sharp: Priority will be given to those men obliged to recite Mourner’s Kaddish

Third Torah reading: 12:30 pm sharp for women and families with children will take place OUTSIDE in front of the shul. Children must AT ALL TIMES stand next to their parents.

Shavuot, Shabbat morning, May 30

Torah reading and Yizkor Service (Seniors only 60+) : 8:30 am

Shacharit Minyan & Yizkor service: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

REGISTRATION

·       You must register for the Minyan or Torah reading and fill out a short form on our website or by clicking the link below.

·       There will be a security guard with the list of those registered and you will not be let in if your name is not on the list for that Minyan.

·       All Minyanim will start on time in order to avoid any unnecessary lingering, even if there won’t be a complete Minyan.

·       Those that need to say Kaddish, please contact the Rabbi directly.

·       If you still qualify after going through the following guidelines, you can register by clicking here:

Registration closes Thursday, May 27, at 10:00 am, and will be on a first come first serve basis.

 

GUIDELINES DURING SERVICES:

·       Upon entry, everyone must sanitize their hands with the hand sanitizers we will provide.

·       You must wear a face mask at all times, no exceptions. Absolutely nobody will be allowed into the synagogue without a mask. We will be happy to provide a mask for you at no charge if you don’t have one.

·       You should bring your own Tallit - prayer shawl.

·       If you use any books from our shelves, we ask that you leave any books you touched (even if you didn’t use it) on your chair so the cleaning crew knows to disinfect them. We will be providing photocopies of the Ten Commandments for you to follow along.

·       If you use our Kippah -yarmulkah, please take it home to use on further visits to the shul.

SOCIAL DISTANCING:

·       Avoid touching anything unnecessary.

·       There will be no handshaking, hugging, or kissing allowed.

·       No touching any Tashmishei Kedusha (holy items), i.e. Parochet, Aron Kodesh, Mezuza, Sefer Torah, etc.

·       Torah reading and Aliyot will take place with social distancing. We will be having a box of gloves for those getting an Aliya by the Torah.

·       No hanging around or socializing.

·       Women and children will only be allowed by the special Minyan at 12:30.

·       Anyone over the age of 60 must consult with their doctors and heed their recommendations before attending services.

·       If you have any underlying health issues that put you at greater risk (obesity, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, respiratory issues, etc.) or experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past three weeks, we ask that you stay home.

·       Likewise, if you feel remotely unwell (excessive coughing, sniffling, fever), or have been exposed to someone who is a possible COVID-19 carrier, please do not attend.

·       The seating is arranged with distance from one another. Only available chairs may be used.

·       Absolutely no standing against the walls or pillars in the synagogue. Please stay at your place at all times.

·       Everyone must take back all personal property after the services. Anything left behind will be disposed of.

 CLEANING AND SANITIZING:

·       The cleaning crew will be sanitizing the restrooms on a constant basis throughout the services.

·       The synagogue will be sanitized between each Minyan/Torah reading.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these mandatory guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact the Rabbi.

As we approach the receiving of the Torah; the holiday of Shavuot, we wish that everyone stay safe and healthy, and pray that Hashem take us out of this exile and bring us to the Land of Israel with the coming of Mashiach!

May Hashem bless you and your families!

Chag Sameach!

 

With love,

Rabbi Alexander Kaller