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Emanu El CLOSED through 7/31

Monday, March 16, 2020 20 Adar 5780

All Day for 137 Days

**Emanu El is CLOSED through July 31, 2020.**

 

Dear Emanu El families:

It goes without saying that we are facing a very difficult time in our community. All of us have been watching the progression of COVID-19 across our country and around the world with a combination of uncertainty and anxiety. During these difficult days, we rely on the benefits of medical science and the wisdom of our spiritual tradition to stay safe and strong.

Here at Emanu El, our leadership has continually gathered information to assist us in making decisions in the best interest of our community. We are prioritizing the advice of medical professionals and elected officials as we do our utmost to support the containment and mitigation of the pandemic. At the same time, we continue to offer spiritual support and pastoral care to our large and diverse congregational community.

For that reason, in the name of both health and holiness, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close Emanu El’s doors to all programs, services and meetings. Temple staff will be pared down to a small group of essential personnel who will remain on the premises on a rotating schedule in order to keep the building open and our business offices functioning. Everything else will be moved to electronic platforms, postponed, or canceled entirely. These restrictions will remain in place at least through Sunday, April 5th – though there is a very real possibility that the closure will be extended for some days or weeks after that date.

We look forward to continuing to provide worship and study opportunities online, and will be providing details very soon about how you can participate in these opportunities electronically. We especially hope you will set aside some time to join us for this coming Shabbat’s online services, and, as always, our clergy remains available for counseling and support via telephone or videoconference.

Additionally, our clergy team will be working individually with families to reschedule life-cycle events and celebrations that have been planned for the upcoming weeks. Families whose children are enrolled in our Helfman religious school will be hearing from our educational staff in separate communications about the plans and adjustments we are making to continue upholding our commitment to Jewish education, even under these unprecedented circumstances.

Thank you for your understanding and for complying with these new policies, though they are difficult and painful for us all. During the period of our closure, our temple’s leadership will continue to work closely with governmental agencies and our community partners to determine how best to keep our community safe in the coming weeks and months, and we look forward to sharing these updates with you as appropriate. Though our facility is closed for the time being, our hearts remain open – and we eagerly anticipate the day when we can safely and confidently reopen, so that we can continue our holy work in person together.

Rabbi Oren J. Hayon, Senior Rabbi
Rodney Roth, President
David Lamden, Executive Director

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