TIC Update 3/10
March 10, 2020

Dear Friends,

We have reached out over the past two days to senior federal, state, county, and city officials, and have just received guidance about our situation from the Chief of Staff of the New York State Department of Health.  They advised that TIC members attending TIC's Shabbat morning services on February 29 need not quarantine, and they generally continue to recommend "social distancing," smaller gatherings, staying home when sick, frequent hand washing and other prudent measures.  

We continue to direct our members to best practices and other information published by government health agencies and recommend that members with questions about their own health situations contact their own health care providers.  

If you learn that you or your household member has had primary exposure to the virus or has tested positive, we ask that you please be in touch with a member of our response team so that we continue to remain as informed as possible to make safe decisions for the community.  Know that we will treat such information confidentially.

Updates
  • The TIC building will remain closed through at least Sunday, March 15. 
  • Today, we received notice that a second member of the HIWP community has tested positive for COVID-19.  This person was in our facility on February 29 for HIWP's Shabbat morning services in the gym (but not this most recent Shabbat, March 7) and was asymptomatic at that time.  We extend wishes for a refuah shlema. 
Despite the significant challenges and anxieties of these last few days, 38 of our families gathered last night for a virtual Purim celebration with songs, puppets, and even a costume parade!  We then Zoomed into two separate live Megillah readings hosted by Uri Cohen and Rabbi Harry Pell and attended by dozens of member families. Watch your email over the next few days for information about Nursery School, Shorashim, Havurat Torah, and community-wide virtual gathering/learning opportunities.  We look forward to seeing you online!  

While we may be temporarily apart, we remain TIC - together in community.

                
Marc Berman                  Rabbi Annie Tucker                 Mara Braunfeld              Jeremy Perler  
President                         Senior Rabbi                            Director of Learning     Security Chair   
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