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Thank you in advance for your cooperation

Friday, 12 June, 2020 - 3:24 pm

Dear Friend,

Below is a description of the changes made in the center to ensure that we are all protected against the spread of COVID-19. Also outlined, is the code of behavior expected from those participating in services.  

This protocol adheres to the guidelines and advice provided by Center for Disease Control and was developed in consultation with infectious disease specialists who are familiar with our center. It is based on the current situation and will be revisited regularly and updated as needed.

Changes made in the Center

  • Chairs will be set up at a distance of at least 6 ft apart. 
  • Services will be run in a way that ensures everyone maintains a physical distance, unless they are family members. The Ba’al Koreh (who reads the Torah) will be the only person on the Bima and the blessing on the Torah will be made by each person from their place.
  • Sidurim, Chumashim (prayer and Torah books) and Talitot will not be used or touched for at-least 72 hours before Services.
  • The doors to the sanctuary will be propped open to avoid the need to touch door handles.
  • The door handles at the front entrance will be disinfected after each use.
  • Face masks will be available for those who need. We encourage you to bring your own.
  • Hand sanitizers will be placed at the entrance and throughout the Shul.
  • Kiddush lunches are suspended until further notice.
  • Chabad's Shabbat Services will be held on a scaled-down level (we will begin from Boruch Sehamar).

Code of behavior:

  • It is imperative that every person attending services is symptom-free. If you have the slightest doubt about your health or the health of those living with you, please stay at home.
  • If you have traveled outside of FL, please do not attend services for 14 days. This policy will be reassessed in 4 weeks’ time.
  • Face masks must be worn during the entire stay in the center.
  • Upon entering the building, each and every person must sanitize their hands and is encouraged to use the available hand sanitizers at every opportunity. Please refrain from kissing the mezuzah or the Torah.
  • A physical distance of at least 6 ft. must be maintained before, during and after Services. 
  • If you are over 65, or have underlying health conditions, please consult your medical doctor before coming out.

·         If you are uncertain if this is for you, do not feel guilty or pressured to participate. Guarding your health is the most important principle.

·         Upon arrival to the Shul, Anjel our security guard will check your temperature using a digital forehead thermometer.

Capacity is limited and it is open by pre-registration only. If you would like to attend, please email ([email protected]) and you will receive a confirmation email. Unfortunately, it is not possible at this time to attend services without pre-registering.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We have no doubt that together, we will adapt well to this challenging time and, please G-d, emerge stronger as individuals and as a community!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

With friendship,

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos
Arthur Seigel M.D. 


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