March 12, 2020
Dear B’nai Israel community-
Our clergy, staff and lay leadership met this morning to discuss plans for the synagogue in light of new information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our synagogue community, the health and safety of all our congregants and members is our most important and sacred duty at this time. Please read through this entire email as it has important information about all synagogue events and functions over the next two weeks. We thank you for bearing with us at this time, as we are doing our best to stay on top of all new information regarding this virus. We will continue to communicate new information via email, our website, and Facebook page in the coming weeks.
Updated B’nai Israel COVID-19 (coronavirus) plan (as of 3/12/20):
All in-person group functions and gatherings, as well as all non-essential meetings scheduled to take place in the building are CANCELED or POSTPONED through March, 26, 2020.
Our clergy and staff will continue to work in the building during this time. We ask that if you would like to schedule a meeting with any of our clergy or staff, please call ahead, 203-336-1858, to let us know that you’ll be coming into the building. Cantor Blum and Claire Baker will continue their 1:1 lessons with the B’nai Mitzvah students at this time and the building will be open to them.
During this two week period our building and maintenance staff will conduct a deep clean of every part of the building so we are prepared when we re-open. Just as a reminder we ask that if you are entering the building, you wash your hands right away.
We know many wish to help others during this time. Here are a few ways that you can help:
Additionally, if you are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus, please reach out to our clergy – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We have a small fund for congregants under financial duress as well as some Stop & Shop gift cards to help you out at this time. Our clergy is here for any pastoral support or needs as well. We always encourage you to reach out to us.
Please take all precautions to stay safe and healthy at this time. A reminder to remain calm and listen to the latest updates from the CDC and government experts. We will get through this together, as a community, and support those in need.
With love and support,
Shari Nerreau, President
Rabbi Evan Schultz