We are writing to update you on the current situation regarding COVID-19.
Earlier this afternoon we received the news that Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all schools, universities, gyms, entertainment venues and community centers in Montgomery County beginning Friday, March 13 through Friday, March 27.
In light of this announcement, and in consideration of the paramount importance of Pikuach Nefesh (“saving a life”) which serves as a guide in all of our decision-making, Temple Sinai will be closing at this time. All services (Shabbat and weekday), classes (Preschool & Religious School), programs, meetings and activities will be suspended through Friday, March 27. During this period, we will inform you of the virtual and on-line offerings as they become available, and assess when we will be able to safely re-open our facility.
As you know, this situation is extremely fluid, and we advise you to monitor the news for any new developments. We will do the same and will let you know as soon as we can how long our closure will remain in-force.
For B’nei Families: For the time-being, bar/bat mitzvah lessons will be conducted either on-line or by phone. If your family is planning for a ceremony at Temple Sinai in the next 3 months, we will be in touch with you directly.
For Students in our Adult Education Classes: We are planning to offer our classes online (so that you can participate via your phone or your computer) and will let you know once that option is up-and-running.
Unquestionably, this is a challenging and uncertain time in many respects and certainly for our congregation. While we will all have to adjust to a reduction in face-to-face encounters, we will pursue new ways of being here for you and we encourage you to do what you can to be there for one another. We will take advantage of the technologies available to us and in which we have invested in order to maintain our contact with you.
Should you find yourself in need of pastoral care or an ear to bend, Rabbi Wohlberg and Rabbi Hollander would be happy to visit with you either virtually or over the phone. (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please take every precaution necessary to remain healthy. We are praying for a quick resolution to these trying circumstances.
Rabbi Adam Wohlberg
Lauren Gladstone - President
Ben Wachstein - Executive Director
Beth Rabinowitz - Early Childhood Education Director