Dear B’nai Tikvah Families,
These are unprecedented times.
The emergence and spread of COVID-19 has introduced a public health crisis that is new to all of us. While we recognize the need to remain thoughtful and calm, we must also understand that the actions we take now to slow the transmission of this virus will directly impact our collective well-being in the future.
Public health professionals have stressed that proactive measures will truly save lives. Therefore, we are asking everyone to work together to mitigate the spread of this illness by practicing social distancing and health awareness.
With that in mind, starting this Shabbat (Friday night and Saturday morning 3/13 and 3/14), we will be suspending all of our religious services, classes and other activities for the time being. We are making this decision due to the unique nature of this threat, as an attempt to protect the well-being of our families and visitors.
Please know also that your B’nai Tikvah community is here to support you in these times of need and that all of our staff is here for you. We will continue to stay in contact with you as the situation unfolds and recommendations change. While no one knows how long this will last, we look forward to the resolution of the illness and the return to normalcy. In the meantime, we pray for the health of each and every member of our community and offer our deepest gratitude to you, our extended family, for helping us through this difficult time.
I want to share a beautiful teaching I received, written by Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B’nai David-Judea Congregation in Los Angeles.
He said, Every hand that we don’t shake must be a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.
So, as we keep a level of social distance let us all remain spiritually near to each other, by responding to this health emergency with love and care for everyone’s well-being.
May Adonai give us the wisdom to continue to react appropriately to this crisis and heal those who have been infected.
PS: I am available to all on my cell phone and also through WhatsApp and FaceTime. Feel free to call me anytime at 847-372-7562
Dear B’nai Tikvah Members,
As an extreme precautionary measure, all religious services and programming have been suspended at Congregation B’nai Tikvah. This includes all Religious School, Adult Education, Youth, Family, Sisterhood, and Men’s Club events. Please know that this decision was not made lightly but was made with advice and guidance from medical professionals.
At this time, the suspension of services and activities is expected to last through at least April 3rd. We will continue to evaluate the situation moving forward.
More information about how Religious School will proceed after Spring Break will come from Ariana in the coming days. We will be looking at options for online and other electronic learning (including via mobile devices) in the coming weeks for the school and for the rest of the community.
If you have meetings scheduled with Rabbi Alex, Hazzan Hery, Felicia or Ariana they will all be moved to online or mobile device meetings. Our preference is for contact via email as it may take longer to respond to voice messages.
Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. We appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor this situation. As always, the safety and well-being of our community is our top priority.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Felicia Lev and Ariana Hershon