The Temple will be closed to the public until further notice. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy. I will be working from home so please don’t hesitate to call or reach out with any questions, concerns, or just to say hello as all calls are forwarded to my cellphone. We will keep the website up to date with information as things are always changing.
This is an adjustment for everyone and we may have a few bumps in the road (virtually), but this can only make our community stronger.
Stacie Gabert, Administrator
Hello Temple Sinai!
Jewish tradition has some key teachings for what we are living through:
- To save a single life is to save an entire world.
- Faith, daily prayer and meditation can help us to remain grounded and calm even in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty.
- Much is out of our control, but we must do what we can to reduce risk of harm to others.
- Even when facing difficult challenges, the key is not to be afraid.
As a synagogue, we are doing our best to live up to our tradition, avoiding panic and overreaction, while being responsible for reducing risk. We have been talking daily to Vermont health officials, others synagogues and churches. This morning, based on that information and feedback from staff and board members, we have decided:
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