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COVID19 UPDATE - 2020-03-13; Facilities Closed

03/13/2020 12:00:00 AM


Dear Haverim,
Unprecedented times demand unprecedented action.   Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the well-being of every member of our community we are compelled to announce that Anshai Torah will suspend all communal activities at our shul, effective immediately.  This decision, made in consultation with medical professionals and the leadership of our shul reflects the value we place on our community’s well-being, and the respect we have for our tradition’s principle known as “Pikuach nefesh- saving a life.”
The outbreak of COVID-19 has introduced a level of stress into the lives of many amongst us.  We strive to ensure, you- the membership of Anshai Torah- that we remain present and ready to assist, to the very best of our ability should you need our assistance. 
In accordance, we share the following with you.  Effective immediately:
  • All religious services will be suspended (beginning with Shabbat services this evening and tomorrow morning).  Our Shabbat services and daily minyanim will not meet.  We encourage people to daven at home, as will our rabbis. 
  • Both our Preschool and Religious School will be closed until further notice.
  • All programs and events have been suspended.
  • The offices of the synagogue will remain open as we will retain minimal staff on the premises.
We will communicate with the congregation on a regular basis as we move forward.  This set of decisions is intended to be in effect until March 29, but we will constantly review and reassess the situation to ensure we are being responsive to the fluid situation.
We ask everyone associated with our community to take this threat seriously.  There are many members of our community who live with comprised health conditions and we want to protect everyone to the best of our ability.  Please, follow the guidelines that have been disseminated by the CDC and many other agencies, reminding us of the basic set of practices to be followed by all of us regarding “social distancing,” washing of hands, covering our coughs and sneezes, and general rules of hygiene.
Our Jewish tradition reminds us there is nothing more important than protecting our health (Pikuah nefesh).  We regret we have had to take these extreme measures but it is at times such as these that we are required to demonstrate leadership.  Help us ensure, to the best of our ability that we incorporate a set of best practices, helping us protect one another, and enabling our world to return to a position of calm and comfort.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Stefan Weinberg          
President Barrett Stern          
Executive Director Harvey Swento               
Preschool Director Rachel Blum
Rabbi Michael Kushnick
Thu, April 15 2021 3 Iyyar 5781