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We Care About YOU!  COVID-19 Updates 

Please read and check back often for changes.  

Scroll to the bottom of this page for links to protocols, updates and resources.

At B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, we are a family that cares deeply about each other. During these trying times, we want you to know that we are here for you. We are ready to help carry you through illness, loss or other personal challenges. We also look forward to guiding you in creating and officiating with you in joyous celebrations. We are here to partner with you in educating your children and instilling in them pride in a strong Jewish identity. We cherish the opportunity to be your teachers and guides as you seek to expand your Jewish knowledge, seek out spirituality and engage in personal growth. We stand ready to work side by side with you in the task of Tikkun Olam (healing our world) through Israel advocacy, Chesed (acts of compassion) and social justice. Yes, we can do all of that, even amid this pandemic. Our synagogue remains as vibrant and vital as ever. At the same time, our chief priority is to keep you, our members, as well as our staff and clergy as safe as possible.

We recognize that the novel coronavirus presents very real risks for all of us, especially those who are 70 and over or have underlying conditions that make them vulnerable. With this in mind, the synagogue has established a Pandemic Procedures Task Force. This task force, chaired by Rebekah Dorman and Rich Loeb, consists of members of the congregation’s clergy, staff and lay leadership. In addition to utilizing recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Executive Orders issued by Governor DeWine, the task force has been working closely with doctors at the Ohio Department of Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.   These doctors are highly respected authorities on the Coronavirus and Public Health. They have also consulted with doctors at the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals who have run special webinars through the Jewish Federation to guide synagogues in how to function as safely as possible during this pandemic. Using these resources, the task force is meeting regularly to create protocols for use by our synagogue and for involvement of our clergy in events taking place off our campus. As a matter of policy, the synagogue is requiring all those participating in these occasions to adhere to these protocols. As these protocols are created, they will be posted here. We ask that you please read through any protocols on our website that pertain to events you will be attending as well as life cycle events that are for your family or at which you will be a host or guest. Because of the changing nature of this pandemic, it is possible some of these protocols will change from time to time. As such, we ask that you check back here often to keep up to date.

Please note that with the Cuyahoga County Health Advisory effective November 18, 2020, the numbers allowed for all events have been temporarily reduced. Some onsite events have been canceled as well. Please contact the synagogue office and/or Executive Director Jay Ross if you have any questions regarding upcoming events. 

Anyone coming from out of state and coming from a state on the Ohio list cannot be present unless they have first quarantined for two weeks after leaving the listed state.

Changes in Protocols - applicable for all life cycle events and services

Protocols for Congregants and Guests in the Sanctuary
Protocols for Brises and Baby Namings
Protocols for Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Protocols for Weddings
Protocols for Funerals and Shivas

Self-Care During Covid 19
Managing Coronavirus Related Stress
National Jewish Health:  About the Coronavirus, Patient Care, Testing, Prevention, Tips, News and Research
COVID-19 and Mental Health
ADAMHS Board – Resources and Support for Addiction and Mental Health

Center for Disease Control        
Ohio Health Department            
Cuyahoga County Board of Health      

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