In these challenging times, please know that your Beth Shalom family is here for you. If you have any concerns or questions, contact Rabbi Natan or Taylor at any point. 

As we can all see and hear, events are unfolding at a breakneck pace, and the accompanying anxiety is very real. Please do not panic, but be alert and focus on the safety of yourselves and those around you. In that spirit, the synagogue has decided on the following steps:

–As many of you already know, we have decided to cancel Corned Beef Sandwich Sale. Please refer to CBSS-specific email this morning for more details. In addition, the Family Purim event at B’nai this Sunday has been cancelled. 

–The shul will be open for Kabbalat Shabbat and Shacharit this evening and tomorrow. There will be no preneg or food served with the exception of pre-sliced challah and kiddush to take place in the sanctuary. If you are in an increased risk group as defined by the CDC, please consider not coming to the synagogue for Services. Regardless, with the exception of immediate family, maintain physical distance from others and observe “spacious seating.” 

–We are monitoring the situation closely, and may modify our worship and teaching format moving forward via streaming or zoom. Please be in touch with Taylor if you need any help with computers or technology for this purpose. Otherwise, stay tuned for any decisions regarding this. 

–We have made the unfortunate decision of cancelling the 2nd Night Seder for Passover. Please start making other arrangements for this important event. Rabbi Natan and Taylor are already talking about virtual seders to take its place, so stay tuned! 

–The Brotherhood Glass Blowing Event on 3/28 has been postponed. As of now, other events are still on, but this is subject to change. 

–As we have mentioned before, as you conduct your private and public life, please consider the following safety measures:

-Avoid all unnecessary contact. Refrain from kissing, hugging, and shaking hands. Be warm and welcoming by touching elbows and expressing warmth in words and with your eyes. 

-Be mindful of touching your face. We do so more than we think.

-Wash your hands often with soap for 20 seconds (Sing Oseh Shalom 1x). Practice with your children.

-Hand Sanitizer, 60% alcohol-based–anything less is not helpful.

-Stay home if you are sick, observe “spacious seating” and “safe distance” at shul, and refrain from kissing ritual objects.

-As we mentioned, our janitorial service Jani King has implemented enhanced measures for cleaning and sanitation.

In addition, in keeping with the updated guidelines from the CDC and Department of Health, we ask you to follow a self-quarantine of 14 days if:

–You or a member of your immediate family have been in direct contact with someone who has subsequently been diagnosed or is being tested.

–You or a member of your immediate family have traveled to a high risk (Level 3) country (as of this writing: China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy.)

–You present with COVID-19 type symptoms, such as cough, fever, and shortness of breath and have had exposure to family members or close contacts who have traveled to one of the above countries. 

As we work to curb the inevitable anxiety, check out these tips for speaking to children about this type of event. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Rabbi Natan, Mark Posner, or Taylor Pettit with any questions or concerns. We appreciate your help to ensure the health and well-being of our Beth Shalom Family.