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  • It has been a long and, in many ways, a challenging experience to have been forced to close our shuls - the center of community life for so many of us. We have spent weeks actively engaged in the Mitzva of promoting and protecting life. 

    We thank you for your patience, understanding and ongoing support throughout this period and share some of our decisions and protocols for reopening. These decisions are being made in conjunction with our local Rabbis, their shuls and with the direction and guidelines of our local public health and medical experts.

    Halachah mandates that when it comes to questions regarding opening and closing our shuls, health and safety are our number one priority. Reopening our shul will therefore proceed in stages, that will be somewhat restrictive. The policies and procedures that we put into place initially are subject to change and will take the evolving public health situation as our guide. Therefore, please help us succeed in our efforts to open and keep open our shul, by following the guidelines set forth below, without exception.

    While we are reopening the shul, this does NOT compel you to attend. Your health is the TOP priority. If you are the least bit uncomfortable being in a close environment with others, you are NOT HALACHICALLY required to attend. Please continue to daven at home until you feel comfortable.

    As of today, we are planning to begin our initial stages of reopening on Monday, May 25 th .  

    Mornings at 7:00 am and Evening at 7:30 pm the minyan will start on time even if there is no minyan present.

    Principles and Protocols (for now):

    1.     Each minyan will require prior registration. We will be having a tent in the back of Chabad for our weekday tefilah and will limit the number of attendees at each location. Registration is therefore imperative so that we can monitor how many people can attend.

    2.     Only members of our community can attend. No visitors or members from       other shuls will be allowed to participate.

    3.     At these initial stages, minyanim will be exclusively for men above the age of Bar Mitzvah through 65 years old. No children under 13 – no exceptions .

    4.     No sharing of any items. This means that outdoor minyanim will have no tables (tallit and tefillin should be put on at home or at your car) and no siddurim. Please bring everything you might need with you. The shul building itself will not be accessible (including the bathrooms).

    5.     Everyone must wear a mask. No exceptions. 

    6.     Torah reading raises many challenges that may be unique to each situation. we will make a determination how best to proceed within these guidelines and will limit any contact with the Sefer Torah as much as possible.

    7.     We are all used to our shuls functioning as more than just a place to daven. It is a place of community and friendship. However, these strengths of our community can work against us.  Upon the conclusion of davening, everyone must quickly leave the premises.

    8.     DO NOT ATTEND if you feel even remotely unwell, have a slight fever, or a cough of any type or if you have been exposed to someone who is a possible Covid carrier. 

    9.     Likewise, if you are above the age of 65 or younger who know that you have any underlying health issues that put you at greater risk (heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, immunocompromised, respiratory issues and so on), you will not be allowed to attend.

    10. We will be sending out a separate notice regarding Shabbat and Shavuot holiday procedures.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we reopen under the following VERY STRICT guidelines, with no exceptions. We ask you to remember that we are being advised by both Torah and medical authorities on this issue of pikuach nefesh -preservation of human life.

    We are taught by our sages that when the Jews received the Torah on Mt. Sinai, they were all healed from all their illnesses. As we approach the holiday of Shavuot and the receiving of the Torah anew, we wish upon you, your families, the entire Jewish people and the whole world, that we be healed from this devastating pandemic which has impacted us all.

     We look forward to seeing our entire community together in the immediate near future.

     With Blessings,

     Rabbi Zalman & Chani Bukiet

     Rabbi Moshe & Shaina Kramer


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