TIS Response to COVID-19
March 12, 2020
Dear Tifereth Israel Family and Staff,
We are writing to provide you with the latest information about what our community is doing in response to the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19. As of right now, all services will continue to go on as planned. That means we will continue to hold traditional Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services. We will continue to operate our Silverman Preschool on a regular schedule. We will continue to hold Abraham Ratner Torah School classes. And we will continue to hold daily morning Minyan.
However, after consulting with medical professionals and professional staff, all other programming and events at TIS will be suspended until further notice. With that being said, do watch our website and your email for virtual Morning Minyan, Shabbat services, and other programs. Our Abraham Ratner Torah School and Community Jewish High are also going to be accessible to students/families via ZOOM.
We realize we are entering uncharted territory, and we want you all to know that this decision, and every decision we make, is being made only after very careful consideration and only with your best interests in mind.
As noted in earlier communications, we have increased our daily cleaning to all touchpoints and we continue to urge everyone to please stay home if you feel ill. We also urge you to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available, cough into your sleeve, and always wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
- Properly discard tissues after you use them.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick or appear to be sick.
- Engage in “social distancing,” which means please try to space yourselves when at services.
- Refrain from touching and kissing the mezuzah and the Torah.
We want to be clear that these measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution. Our greatest concern is for the health and well-being of our members and friends, some of whom may be immune-compromised. While we want to continue to be warm and welcoming, we ask that everyone be understanding during this time. And, G-d forbid, if someone in your family is diagnosed with COVID-19 or any other illness, please call or email our office so that we can be as supportive as possible.
May the Holy One continue to protect you and to guard you.
David Ogul, President Rabbi Joshua Dorsch Alissa Messian, Executive Director
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