Dear Beth Israel Family,
We hope to see you this evening and weekend at services, religious school and our Purim Celebration. As a gathering place for our community, we want you to know that the Temple staff and leadership are serious about protecting our community and will be issuing updates as needed regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Centers for Disease Control has suggested that we should all be prepared for the potential of the coronavirus appearing in our community, even though the risk of an outbreak remains low at this time. We are already placing extra emphasis on disinfecting our facility. We are cleaning door handles and all hard surfaces more frequently and our public spaces, classrooms, and offices are receiving extra cleaning.
As of now, there is no cause for concern
. We will continue to operate as always, continuing with school, services, and programs. We do however, recommend that everyone follow basic hand and cough hygiene as recommended by the CDC:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
We always want to greet you warmly here at Beth Israel. At this time, however, we request that you hold off on hugs and handshakes. We hope you will understand-it is now well known that minimizing close contact can limit the spread of COVID-19. We encourage you to consider alternatives such as elbow-bumps, a smile, or a wave.
If you or a member of your family are feeling ill, please stay home. We are also asking parents to be extra cautious about sending a potentially sick child to Religious School classes and programs.
Please note that Clergy and staff are available to anyone in our community who needs support. Contact the office at 860-233-8215 or, if you wish, you may contact Rabbi Pincus directly at
Jeffrey Smith, President