Dear Friends,
 
When we closed the Synagogue building two months ago, we followed the clarion call of Pikuach Nefesh, the Jewish mandate to preserve life above and beyond all other obligations. We imagined a temporary shut-down. Two months later, we are all, reasonably, anxious to come back together again. We are grateful for Governor Baker’s statement today enabling that possibility while mindful of our continued obligation to hold Pikuach Nefesh as our lodestar.
 
As we balance opportunity and obligation, we will be careful and deliberate. 
 
Toward that goal, our Coronavirus Committee, chaired by our Executive Director, Jeff Lurie, in close consultation with clergy, leadership, medical advisors, and members of our synagogue with relevant expertise, are meeting regularly. There are countless details to work out: practical considerations such as acquiring adequate supplies, building modifications to safely accommodate our community, legal requirements to be met, and new protocols to put in place. We expect to have details worked out by July 1 and will be prepared to implement them when the data demonstrates it is safe to undertake resumption of in-person gatherings.
 
As we continue toward finding a path to come back together in person again, our clergy and staff are forging ahead with passion to prepare engaging and inspiring virtual programming that will continue to lift our community to new heights. Following Governor Baker’s guidance that, where possible, we should opt for virtual or outdoor activities, we will also explore opportunities for gathering outdoors as feasible. Please watch your e-mail inboxes, our Temple Emanuel website, and our social media for innovative on-line learning, prayer, and social opportunities launching daily.
 
Our people have faced the challenge of every era with resilience, hope, and great patience. We have realized dreams that were long in coming. We will realize this dream as well. In the meantime, we will continue to update you as our plan progresses and we hope to see you often at our virtual synagogue events!
 
Stay well and stay in touch,
 
Mady Donoff