All of us are aware of the COVID-19 outbreak that has become a public health concern. We hope that this health crisis will resolve itself with the least amount of sickness. Yet, we are aware that each of us must help to limit the impact of this disease and to function with a heightened sense of alertness and precaution. Judaism teaches us that we address challenges by working cooperatively within the community to support one and other.
We are instituting some simple precautions to address our current situation.
* Hand sanitizers are located throughout the congregation. Please make use of these upon entering the building. We will be strictly enforcing this precaution at Friday night worship and at our Oneg Shabbat.
* Enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols have been implemented for our custodial staff.
* Hand sanitizer and sanitizing solutions will be in our religious school classrooms so students and teachers may sanitize as needed.
In addition to these sanitation efforts, we ask that our community work together to ensure the health and safety of our fellow congregants:
* If you have any cold or flu symptoms, please remain at home until you are free of symptoms.
* If you suspect/know you are exposed to coronavirus – either locally or through travel – please ensure you are symptom free before coming to Temple. We encourage you to seek appropriate medical assistance.
* In order to prevent any inadvertent transmission of disease, please do your best to minimize hand shaking, kissing, and hugging when greeting friends.
We will continue to monitor information and follow recommendations, as provided by the Missouri Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. In the unlikely event that the congregation and/or religious school is required to temporarily close, we will keep you informed via email, our website, social media, and local news stations.
Comprehensive information on COVID-19 is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html and https://health.mo.gov/
These are trying times for all of us, but we will get through it. Let us all be supportive and sensitive to each other’s needs and fears. If any of you have specific concerns, please reach out to us so we can be there for you.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
Rabbi Alan David Londy, D.Min.
Bradley Freilich, President