March 13, 2020
At this time of high anxiety and disruption due to the coronavirus, and in light of the state of emergency declared in Bergen County, we want to convey to you the important steps being taken by our congregation as determined by our leadership last night:
1. Religious school is suspended until further notice.
Our policy will be guided by that of the Leonia school district, and we are hoping to institute distant learning opportunities in the near future.
2. Shabbat morning Torah study is suspended until further notice.
The high proportion of seniors sitting in close proximity for an extended period elevates the risk of this activity.
3. Shabbat evening services will take place, but without the ‘oneg’ that usually follows.
We deem this the heart of our congregational activity, and low risk given the ability to spread out in the sanctuary, whereas the social/eating aspect downstairs elevates risk.
Monthly Family Services will not take place, as the larger attendance in closer proximity also elevates risk.
Extra-cleaning and hygiene precautions will be put into effect.
B’nai mitzvah tutoring, which is one-on-one, will continue but non-essential group meetings should be postponed.
We are a faith community that prides itself on social connection but we understand the unprecedented community imperative to observe social distancing during this pandemic.
We join with all our fellow citizens in prayers for strength, wisdom and healing during this time of trial.
Michael Fishbein and Rabbi Barry Schwartz