Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communications

Temple Beth-El is being guided by the Jewish teaching of pikuach nefesh, the preservation of human life, in responding to the current Coronavirus public health crisis. As clear as the value of pikuach nefesh is, it is unclear exactly how and when to apply it to our current circumstances, especially when doing so conflicts with other cherished values, like coming together for Religious School, Shabbat and holy day observances, and doing communal acts of kindness. It is hard to make a decision to suspend the precious fellowship of our community under any circumstances. It is especially hard in a time of anxiety and worry – a time when we most need each other’s warm embraces and reassurance.

That being said, our love and concern for each and every member of our community has led our temple leadership to make the following steps:

  1. All public events at TBE will be suspended through Passover with many classes and meetings moving to remote access platforms.
  2. Temple offices are closed. If you need to gain access to the building, be in touch with Amy Rubin.
  3. The building is being thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  4. All rentals have been suspended, including other religious groups that share our facility.
  5. If you are not well or exhibit any symptoms, including fever or respiratory stress, please do not come to temple (or go to other public venues). Authorities are asking those who exhibit such symptoms to call their doctor and stay home and follow doctor’s orders.
  6. Our rabbi, staff, and lay leaders are all here for you and available to offer support and solace in any way we can. If you are staying out of the public and need help with errands or shopping, let us know at HelpingHands@templebethelnj.org. We have volunteers who can help.

 

Shabbat Message from Rabbi Gluck — A Time to Pray — March 27, 2020

Helping Hands and Staying Connected, from Rabbi Gluck — March 18, 2020

Shabbat Message from Rabbi Gluck — March 13, 2020

Message to Religious School Parents from Sarah Gluck and Lisa Friedman — March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Update from Rabbi Gluck, Leigh Miller, and Amy Rubin — March 12, 2020

Why We Need Purim, Especially Now — March 9, 2020

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands from Leigh Miller and Amy Rubin — March 4, 2020