Update: Due to the stay-in order by the Illinois Governor, our building and office will remain closed through April 7th. We will update you more as we receive more information.
In Judaism Pikuah Nefesh, the ability to save a life, is paramount. So, while it is heart-breaking to do, Beth El will need to close its building, including the office, cancel all programs and meetings, and take the final step of cancelling all prayer services, including Rinat Shabbat, Daily Minyanim and Shabbat worship. This announcement comes as an update and addition to our e-mail on Friday in which most programs and the schools were already cancelled.
The situation with COVID-19 is fluid and dynamic. Therefore, these cancellations are indefinite but come with the pledge that the Task Force and Beth El leadership will be constantly monitoring the situation and updating the community when and if anything changes. We will certainly be closed through the end of March, and perhaps longer.
We also highly recommend that you continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC and do your part in not facilitating the spread of the virus. This means also personally choosing to avoid as many gatherings as possible, because in many situations, social distancing is not possible.
As much as it pains me to say it, please re-consider Shabbat meals that include multiple families where people are sitting around a table in very close proximity to one another. Please also consider that if there is a shivah, to replace a visit with calls, emails and texts.
We will send out an e-mail later this week that will share some of the many ways we hope to continue to connect with you, to support our members and to help in safe ways in the larger community.
Because the office will be closed for the foreseeable future, you are welcome to contact our Executive Director, Jeff Baden for assistance or urgent matters at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell phone at (513) 407-1598. For all pastoral support, feel free to email me at email@example.com or call (847) 636-6283. You can also email Rabbi Freedman or call him at (847) 975-6288 or email Hazzan Tisser or call him at (818) 235-9380.
Hazak, Hazak V’nithazek – We are strong and we pray that we will continue to be strengthened.
Rabbi Michael Schwab
Jeff Baden, Executive Director
Ron Goldberg, President