Chabad Flamingo 

 

HEALTH NOTICE

 

In response to Coronavirus/Covid-19:

 

The Torah provides direction for all matters of life. When it comes to matters of health, the Code of Jewish Law clearly directs us to adhere to the guidance of medical professionals. 

 

As our beloved Rebbe said "...in medicine, the best policy is not to wait until something has happened, and then correct it, but to prevent it from the beginning." 

 

With this in mind please read the following recommendations and be sensitive to the needs of our community. 

 

Chabad Flamingo remains open for weekday and Shabbat services at their regularly scheduled times.

(Information on upcoming Torah Classes will be provided).

 

  1. If you have been indicated to self-isolate, please stay home, do not come to shul. Individuals feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of cold or flu should stay home and, if necessary, seek medical attention. This includes people who have a Yahrzeit, or who are saying Kaddish. Arrangements can be made to have someone else recite Kaddish on your behalf in memory of a loved one.
  2. Upon entering the building, everyone must wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.

    All community members must practice good flu-season hygiene while in the building. Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds.

    Avoid touching your face even if your hands are clean. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when you cough or sneeze.

    No shaking hands or hugging – please use other non-contact methods of greeting.

    Kissing the Mezuzah, Siddur and Torah, is a sign of affection. Until further notice look at the Mezuzah and be mindful of Hashem's presence and infuse your davening with greater emotion.

    When the Torah is taken around, or you are called for an Aliyah, you may touch the Torah with your Tallis, Siddur, or tissue, and kiss your Tallis or tissue, not the Siddur. 

    All surfaces and door handles will be properly cleaned and disinfected before and during Shabbat.

  3. This weeks Kiddush and Seudah Shlishit are canceled. Once we have further clarity and the appropriate protocols are in place we may be in a position to resume.

  4. Children's programs, including the Shabbat youth program and youth Minyan are suspended until further notice. 

The words of the Torah, "v'nishmartem me'od l'nafshoteichem - and you shall guard your spirit well,” should be at the forefront of our concerns at this time.

While we take all necessary steps of caution, in consultation with local medical experts, we must stay mindful to not fall into a counterproductive state of panic. However, please continue to practice good hygiene and reasonable social distancing.

May Hashem bless us and the entire community during this joyous month of Adar with absolute health and tranquility.

Looking forward to greeting you in Shul, and wishing you and your family a good and healthy Shabbat. 

 

Sincerely, 

Rabbi Yossi Sandhaus