Letter To Congregation - March 13, 2020
As I mentioned yesterday, I asked everyone to be prepared and expect to adjust.
This morning, Rabbi Ben, participated on a call with the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas (RAGD). On a prior call, UT Southwestern advised to the RAGD and Federation of Greater Dallas response team that services and events be cancelled, effective immediately, to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 among the community.
Rabbi Ben, Dotty, Valerie and I have all met this morning to discuss, as we are heeding this advise and canceling all services and events, effective immediately.
Until further notice, our office hours will change to Tuesday-Friday from 10am-1pm. Please contact the office by phone (972-491-5917) if you have any questions or needs, and out of an abundance of caution, only come to the office if you have an urgent need.
As of right now, most, if not all local congregations, are heeding this advice and everyone is doing the best they can to the changing guidelines and directives.
We are actively looking into options to stream a service. However, at this time, we don’t have plans to do this for tonight’s Shabbat, however, candidly, I wouldn’t be surprised if we attempted this.
We will have further updates, and will do our best to keep everyone up-to-date.
As mentioned before, if you are feeling sick, unwell, for the sake of your health and all those around you, please stay home.
And we appreciate everyone’s understanding during these challenging times.
Terry Sigle, President
Rabbi Benjamin Sternman
Dotty Fox, Executive Director
Valerie Klein, Director of Education
Letter to Congregation - March 12, 2020
Let me start by saying that, as of today, there are no immediate concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19) that directly affect Adat Chaverim. But as we are being inundated by the constant news from so many resources, it is challenging to decide what our next steps should be. Dotty, Rabbi Ben and I are talking regularly to help navigate our next steps.
Our stance today is to continue running services as planned, but with the rate of change on guidelines, please be prepared and expect to adjust, just as you are being asked to do by your employer, government and schools. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding.
Only out of an abundance of cation, we have decided to cancel the 2nd night Passover Seder, scheduled for Thursday, April 9th, due to the concerns around open food.
The health and safety of Adat Chaverim members, visitors and staff is our highest priority. As we communicated in our newsletter, we are monitoring information about COVID-19 and are committed to taking steps in response to the situation. We will continue to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Texas Department of State Health Services and Collin County Health Department. We look to these experts for the latest virus updates and recommended precautionary measures.
Understand that if Adat Chaverim has any concern about COVID-19 directly affecting our services, religious school or programming, those decisions will override any federal/state/local governmental recommendations.
For additional information, the CDC’s website is the best place to find the latest update on the virus with recommendations for prevention of COVID-19 which include:
- 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.
- Face masks 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.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Most Importantly, if you are feeling sick, unwell, for the sake of your health and all those around you, please stay home. Regardless of steps that Adat Chaverim, your employer, your schools take, I would recommend that every individual and family take appropriate steps to keep you safe.
Your support of Adat Chaverim, whether as a volunteer or through annual events, continues to be critical and instrumental. Thank you for your continued support. We are a “Community of Friends”, and will rely on each other to get through these challenging times.
Terry Sigle, President