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Coronavirus Response

 

Dear Beth David Community,

I wanted to give you an update on what actions Beth David is taking for a reopening considering the Pandemic.

First, and most importantly, the health and safety of everyone in the Beth David Community is our top priority.  This will inform every decision that is to be made.

Corie Hampton and Rabbi Ben-Gideon have been in contact with many institutions to keep informed of what others are doing and thinking.  Truth is that most are just very unsure of what their plan is going forward.  To assist Beth David in navigating through this challenging process, I have appointed two committees.  Joshua Gould is heading up a reopening committee to develop the most sensible, safe, and workable plan.  This committee includes multiple healthcare professionals from our membership.  Another committee is also being formed right now to deal specifically with the High Holidays in order to explore the possible options.

There are many questions to answer now.   When will minyans start again? How about Shabbat Services?  How can we deal with life cycles events-bar/bat mitzvah, weddings, funerals?  What about educational classes? Will the religious school open?  These are extremely hard decisions to make as we keep in mind our number one concern - the health and safety of our community.

Our committees and Board are committed to following the State and Local guidelines.  While developing a phased, safe, and intelligent reopening plan, we will adopt measures that we feel will serve our specific community best and provide a safe and healthy environment.

I wish I could say that we could completely open our facility and on-site activities next week.  That simply is not possible and would be foolish of us to think that was in the best interest of everyone.  We have started bringing back our dedicated staff who have been working remotely for the past 3 months.  Steve Schub, our facilities manager, has been in the building to keep it in working order and cleaning all areas of the complex.  As we bring others back, we will require masks and social distancing along with many other safety measures.  At this time, the building is still closed to the congregation to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

Many are mostly concerned about what are we doing for the holidays.  At this point, we are exploring all the options possible.  Whatever form these services take, we will do our best to provide a meaningful experience for everyone while ensuring we do not compromise safety.

We hope to have more to tell you in the next few weeks.  Thank you for your support and understanding.  If any of you have any thoughts or suggestions, please email me at mdnquality@aol.com, any one of our Board members, Corie or the Rabbi. Should you have any personal needs or issues that you need to share with someone, please contact Rabbi Ben-Gideon or Jewish Family Services.

Stay safe and healthy.

Mike Nichols
President
Beth David Synagogue

 

Current Happenings

Below you will see a comprehensive list of upcoming events and what our plans are at this time regarding whether to hold them, postpone them or cancel them outright. 
One Time Events:
Booksale: Postponed to as yet undetermined date
75th Anniversary: Postponed to as yet undetermined date
Synagogue Second Seder: Canceled— look for opportunities to host or be hosted
Kaplan Bar-Mitzvah: Postponed until Fall
Mitzvah Day: Canceled—instead volunteer to help in our community
Yom Hashoa: Not determined yet
Yom HaAtzmaoot: Not determined yet
Teen DC trip: Not determined yet
Israel Trip: Postponed to February 2021–info to follow

Recurring Events:
Daily Minyan:  Interactive Live Streaming                                   Kabbalat Shabbat: Interactive Live Streaming                               
Shabbat Morning: Interactive Live Streaming                                
Adult Education Classes: Interactive Live Streaming                                     

All Classes will be held by live streaming via Zoom, which allows the classes to be interactive.
You can ask questions, join discussions, and be part of it all.
We will also have a conference call number so you can call in if you are not able to access the online classes. If you would like to dial in by phone, please contact the Synagogue and we will get you that information.

Please click here to be taken to the Online Learning Page.

 

 

Sat, August 15 2020 25 Av 5780