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Coronavirus/COVID-19


Announcement - March 16, 2020
 
Dear Friend (s),
 
Kol Ha-Olam Kulo Gesher Tzar M’od, V’ha-ikar lo l’fachad k’lal
"The whole world is a narrow bridge, and the main thing is to not have fear."

That teaching from Reb Nachman of Bratzlav resonates with us during this time. We feel the narrowness of the world, we sense its fragility, yet we also seek to live by our hope, not our fear. Toward that end, we embrace what it means to be One Family – here to support one another through this uncertain time. Know that our clergy and senior staff remain accessible to you at any time for any reason. Call 239-455--3030 for rabbinic or pastoral assistance. Please let us know if you are feeling isolated, or unable to leave your home, and need assistance.  We will do everything within our power to support each of you spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
 
Thank you to the members of our crisis advisory team, which includes medical professionals, clergy, staff and lay leadership, for their dedicated effort to guide us through this difficult period. The team includes Dr. Larry Albert, Dr. Eric Hochman, Dr. Mark Rubin, and Dr. Allen Weiss, who bring experience from their special fields and work with our local hospitals, as well as Dr. Lydia Bond who worked internationally with the World Health Organization (WHO).


After careful deliberation and reflection, Temple Shalom will be a fully virtual synagogue without walls for the coming weeks.
 
SHABBAT SERVICES
Shabbat worship will be observed virtually. We encourage everyone to shift to virtual religious services via our live-stream on our website. Anyone remembering a loved one will hear (and watch on-screen) their relative's name recited. We are blessed to have high-definition streaming that makes watching services from home on any phone, computer, or television possible. If a member wishes to postpone the reading of a loved one's name until they are able to attend worship in person, contact the rabbis' office and we will gladly oblige. You may call Randi Butterworth at 239-455-3030 or email her at rbutterworth@naplestemple.org. For those planning to stay home, you can order copies of Mishkan Tefila for Shabbat here (for Kindle) and here (hard copy).
 
ONLINE CONTENT
Our clergy and staff are working on new online experiences to meet the needs of our synagogue without walls. Please stay tuned to our social media, website, and emails to learn more about exciting ways to stay in touch during this time.

ADULT LEARNING
Adult learning classes including Melton classes, Wise Aging, Jewish Spirituality, and Torah study will move to exclusively virtual settings. Please note that all classes will be postponed for one week as we move into this new system. Contact Jeanette Fischer (jfischer@naplestemple.org) to let us know if you want to participate in those classes virtually.
 
LIFE CYCLE EVENTS
At this time, all lifecycle events will continue as private events for immediate family. 

YOUTH EDUCATION
Religious School and Preschool are closed, in accordance with the guidelines from the department of education and the CDC. We will use information from our Collier County Public Schools and local officials to guide us in the decisions we make going forward.
 
We are One Family. Together we will push back the fear as we cross the narrow bridge over this crisis toward a better tomorrow. In time, this shall pass and tomorrow will come.
 
Shalom re'fuah u'vracha - wishing you peace, health, and blessing,
 
                
Rabbi Adam F. Miller                              Deborah Fidel                                 
Senior Rabbi                                          Executive Director

 

Announcement - March 12, 2020
 

Dear Friend(s),

We are writing to you on the topic that occupies all of our minds at the present, COVID-19.  In this time of medical angst and uncertainty, it is comforting to know we all have each other, our One Family. COVID-19 will eventually pass and thank goodness we have the science and strategies to minimize community spread in the 21st century.
 
Rabbi Micah Greenstein, from Temple Israel of Memphis, recently shared several Torah teachings that inspire us at this time of challenge:
 

  • "V'ahavta l'raiacha kamocha - Love your neighbor as yourself." This means protecting your neighbor AND your self. Until this virus is controlled and addressed medically, group gatherings decrease protection and individual safety.
  • "Matzil nefesh echad k'ilu maztil olam u'mlo'o - When you save a life, you save a world."  Here at Temple, we always err on the side of life and health. For instance, on Yom Kippur, you have heard me say from the pulpit, "If you take medications or have any health risks whatsoever, you are not only exempt from fasting, you are commanded to eat!" Until the health risks for people over 60 are lifted by the CDC - including exposing anyone who is at risk to COVID-19 - we take this Jewish obligation to heart.
  • "Tishmor nafshecha" - the Torah commands us to guard our souls, but interestingly, when it comes to guarding our physical health, the word m'od ("very" "a lot") is added. In other words, concerning physical care, Judaism commands us to be even MORE cautious and careful.
     

Because the health and well-being of our One Family is our utmost concern, we are putting preventative measures into place. Please refer to our notice from March 3, with respect to the CDC best practices for limiting the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining personal behaviors, social distancing, and awareness in accordance with the established CDC protocols. After deliberating thoughtfully and at length with the clergy, senior staff, lay leaders, and medical advisors, we have decided to proactively take the following steps in the weeks ahead. We are of course monitoring all developments in real-time and any updates to these measures will be published via email, on our social media channels, and on our website.

SHABBAT SERVICES
Shabbat worship will continue to be observed at this time, with the exception of Soulful Shabbat which will be postponed until a later date. We encourage anyone who is not feeling well, or who is part of the most vulnerable population as defined by the CDC, to shift to virtual religious services via our live-stream on our website. Anyone remembering a loved one will hear (and watch on-screen) their relative's name recited. We are blessed to have high-definition streaming that makes watching services from home on any phone, computer, or television possible. If a member wishes to postpone the reading of a loved one's name until they are able to attend worship in person, contact the Rabbi's office and we will gladly oblige. You may call Randi Butterworth at 239-455-3030 or email her at rbutterworth@naplestemple.org. For those planning to stay home, you can order copies of Mishkan Tefila for Shabbat here (for Kindle) and here (hard copy).
 
Shabbat oneg policies have changed, significantly limiting the food that will be presented on Friday night in order to reduce risks of contamination. Kiddush lunches are suspended until further notice.

ADULT LEARNING & SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE
All adult learning classes including Melton classes, Wise Aging, Jewish Spirituality, and Torah study will continue until further notice. We will be adding a Zoom option for those who wish to stay connected but are unable to attend in person. Please contact Jeanette Fischer (jfischer@naplestemple.org) to let us know if you want to participate in those classes virtually.
 
Our Scholar-in-Residence weekend is postponed. With travel restrictions on faculty now in place, Rabbi Andrea Weiss is unable to visit our community. We look forward to rescheduling this event in the future.

LIFE CYCLE EVENTS
At this time, all lifecycle events will continue as planned, including baby namings, and bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, and shivas. 

FACILITY, LARGE GATHERINGS & OUTSIDE GROUPS
Conscious of those coming into our building, we have taken additional precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We increased cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing of all public spaces, particularly the sanctuary, social hall, and restrooms. At this time, any large gatherings by outside groups coming into the Temple Shalom facility will be suspended. Small meetings will be permitted, with an awareness for observing social distancing and abiding by the established CDC guidelines.

YOUTH EDUCATION
Religious School and Preschool remain open. We will use information from Collier County Public Schools and local officials to guide us in the decisions we make going forward.
 
MEN’S CLUB & SISTERHOOD
Leader from Temple's wonderful Men’s Club and Sisterhood will be in touch with their constituents regarding protocol and programmatic changes for any upcoming events.

Faith in Judaism means believing that things WILL be alright, even if darkness makes tomorrow's light hard to see. Our clergy and staff - remain accessible to you at any time for any reason. Call 239-455--3030 for rabbinic or pastoral assistance and our clergy will reach back immediately.

We will do everything within our power to support each of you spiritually, emotionally, and physically. How blessed we are to be One Family at Temple Shalom.

Shalom re'fuah u'vracha - wishing you peace, health, and blessing,
 
                               
Rabbi Adam F. Miller                              Deborah R. Fidel                                
Senior Rabbi                                           Executive Director                         

 

Announcement - March 3, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in China and subsequent positive cases in the United States, Temple Shalom would like to provide some important health information. As is our practice in all health-related cases, we are turning to the Collier County Department of Health (CDH), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for additional guidance.

Practicing good hygiene can help to limit the spread of viruses in our community. A virus may live on surfaces such as doorknobs. As a safeguard, custodial staff will continue to regularly clean our worship spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms and common areas.

The current recommended precautions to avoid exposure to the virus are the same precautions you would take to avoid the flu. To keep your family safe:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, kissing, hugging, and sharing cups, food, or eating utensils with others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs and handrails.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

We have hand sanitizer around the building. While sanitizers are effective, hand washing with soap and water is always preferred to the use of sanitizers.

We will be continuing to monitor this situation and update you when new relevant information is available. You may find additional information at:


Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Florida Department of Health
Collier County Health Department

Thank you.

 

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