COVID-19 Update

embroidery patch magen david adomDear B’ShERT family,

I know we have all been hearing a great deal about the novel coronavirus and the disease associated with it, COVID-19. While there is not yet (as of 3/4) broad community spread here in the New York area, we have to anticipate that may change.

There are some members of our community who are especially vulnerable, and we should take precautions to help keep each other as safe as possible. To that end, I’d like to encourage us all to observe these common-sense practices:

  • Rather than shaking hands or hugging, bump elbows or wave.
  • Wash hands often and thoroughly (with soap, scrubbing for 20 seconds, rinsing, and drying).
  • If you have symptoms of a respiratory illness, stay home instead of coming to the synagogue.
  • Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or your elbow.
  • Try to avoid touching your face.

As an inclusion effort for congregants who need to remain at home or would prefer not to attend services in person, we will also be streaming additional services. You can see all streamed services (past and planned) on the temple’s YouTube page, and it’s easy to subscribe so you get a notification when Temple is live.

We pray that the COVID-19 pandemic will not become severe. Meanwhile, let’s do what we can to take care of ourselves and each other. You can read more about this challenging situation and the Reform Jewish response at the URJ Blog.

In peace and with prayers for health,

Rabbi Hoover