Dear Temple Sinai Community,
I know we are all aware of and concerned about the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) and want to do our best to be smart in our approach, protecting one another while making sure we are following the science and health experts on best practices. We have received guidance from the Central Conference of American Rabbis and other Jewish organizations, so we wanted to share our current approach, knowing this will need to adapt as the situation changes and more information becomes available.
First of all, we recommend following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Coronavirus 2019 pages for the latest news and updates on the virus and for recommended precautionary measures, which include common sense measures like avoiding close contact with people who are sick; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; washing your hands frequently; and staying home when you’re sick.
In terms of services and activities at Temple Sinai:
- Let’s minimize kissing, shaking hands and hugging when greeting friends, colleagues, and congregants during Onegs and other celebrations.
- During HaMotzi with the challah at oneg, we will have one person wearing gloves tear or cut the Challah.
- At upcoming Torah services, let’s not kiss the Torah or prayerbooks, but instead, hold up the fringe of your tallit/prayer shawl toward the Torah (if you wear one) or do the same with your siddur.
- We will, for now, avoid putting our arms around one another during singing.
- We will not judge you for bringing sanitizing wipes for the prayer book, etc.
- If you work in a medical or healthcare setting, check in with your operations staff members to discuss additional measures and protocols you can take to stay safe in your workplace. CDC’s resources for healthcare workers include: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/index.html – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html
As in all things, please take care of yourself and let us know if there is something we can do to help.
Doug Marden, Stacie Gabert, David Edleson