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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #75 on: March 13, 2020, 12:57:28 AM »
A perhaps larger concern here is why people are spelling “shull” with a double L.
Shul [sh•ool]
Shull [sh•uhl]

Two different "havaros"
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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #76 on: March 13, 2020, 08:33:41 AM »
In a shul in unsdorf, yerushalayim, before megilla reading, the following announcement was made by the Rav: "if you are supposed to be in quarantine, and you came anyway to hear the megilla, the baal koreh has in mind NOT to be motzie you!" 
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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #77 on: March 13, 2020, 08:42:06 AM »
Stop kissing the mezuza
Stop kissing the Torah!!!!
Wash hands with soap!! So many people don't do this on Shabbat even though shull soap is ok... I've been pushing my shull to hang up signs!

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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #79 on: March 13, 2020, 10:42:10 AM »

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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #80 on: March 13, 2020, 11:08:45 AM »
none of the other 5 towns shuls have cancelled yet

Looks like YINW also.
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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #81 on: March 13, 2020, 11:19:27 AM »
Every community leaders has an obligation to speak to their respective health departments. In Bergen county where all the Shuls are closed, the hospitals and local  department of health urged for the drastic actions as the hospitals are already 80-90% full.

The fear is we are two weeks behind Italy where there are no enough vent beds which is needed for people with pre existing conditions. And can take weeks for someone to recuperate. In Italy they do not have enough vent beds and doctors are forced to decide who lives and who does not. Extremely sobering

On the grounds of pikuach nefesh these measures were taken and not taken lightly

We need to remember saving one life trumps everything


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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #82 on: March 13, 2020, 12:05:59 PM »
Heard from a friend in West Hempstead that shuls will close down there as well.


In a shul in unsdorf, yerushalayim, before megilla reading, the following announcement was made by the Rav: "if you are supposed to be in quarantine, and you came anyway to hear the megilla, the baal koreh has in mind NOT to be motzie you!" 

What he should have said - "If you are in quarantine, and you've come to shul against the law, you have the din of a Rotzeach! Leave Now!

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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #83 on: March 13, 2020, 12:13:12 PM »
https://mailchi.mp/bknw.org/bknwcovid19rabbilebowitzmessage-462413

Update:

Dear Friends
 

Many Rabbis in our community spent several hours last night considering the question of our shuls remaining open during this tumultuous time. We examined the issue from the perspective of the expert doctors in the field of infectious diseases from our local hospital systems (who were present), our poskim (who were there throughout the duration of the meeting) and with the heavy responsibility of the welfare of every one of our dear mispallelim in mind. We are writing to inform you that we have made the excruciating decision that our shuls will be closed for all services, shiurim, classes, children's and adult's programming effective today, Friday, March 13th, until further notice. We recognize and respect the decision of other neighborhood shuls in taking a different course of action.
 

We recognize the importance of our institution to the lives of our members of all ages. It is heartbreaking for us to have to come to this difficult decision, and it was made after days and hours of very careful deliberation. New reports this morning concerning the nature of communal spread, have contributed to our painful decision.
 

Because the situation is fluid, we will reevaluate these decisions on a regular and on-going basis. We will communicate with you as changes take place. Please take these days as a critical opportunity to intensify your prayers that all those who are not well, will be healed and that our community will be shielded from any further harm.
 

Let us together rise to the challenge of these difficult times and ensure that the most vulnerable in our community are well looked after and taken care of. Let us all actively pray for a speedy resolution to this pandemic.
 

We must try our best to stay home with only our immediate family and avoid unnecessary contact with others, and particularly avoid contact with substantial groups. We should only leave home when it is truly necessary. Thus:
 

    We implore our members not to attend other minyanim and not form private minyanim in households. This will undermine our communal effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. Our Rabbis will lead by example and daven alone in their private homes.

    All community members are strongly encouraged to work from home, if possible, and to stay home whenever possible.

    People should not have gatherings for Shabbos meals.

    We recommend our members use restaurants for take out only.

    Sick and Shivah visits should be conducted by telephone or video calls. Shiva minyanim will not be meeting. The Avel should try to arrange for someone to recite kaddish on their behalf.

    Funerals should be restricted to a graveside service with a small group of family members and a minyan.

    We recommend minimizing Smachos to family and small amounts of guests and not attending large Smachos. Weddings (kiddushin) should not be canceled. The party should be limited or planned for a later date.

    While the local Mikvaos will remain open, women under mandatory quarantine or who are experiencing symptoms may not use the Mikvah. Please feel free to call with any questions.

 

As you can see, these represent significant changes to our lives and many detailed questions will certainly emerge. The brief outline above cannot guide every particular situation. We will have to address each circumstance as it comes up based on professional expertise and religious guidance.
 

We recommend everyone take in Shabbos at least 5 minutes early this week and say Tehillim 91 and 142 as a zechus for our protection.
 

It is our deep and sincere hope that this unparalleled decision brings safety and health to our community. We are closing because social distancing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. We urge all of you to do what you can to prevent the spread of this disease. Older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions should remain at home. Everyone should continue to vigorously wash hands with soap, and cover properly while sneezing and coughing.
 

It is our hope and prayer that our physical distance from one another will ultimately bind us to each other in our hearts, and inspire us to better appreciate the spiritual bond that we share.

We pray for a speedy recovery for all who are not well, and continued strength and vitality, spiritual and material success for all.
 

Wishing you a Shabbos of good health, introspection and happiness!
 

Rabbi Shalom Axelrod, Young Israel of Woodmere
Rabbi Hershelshy Billet, Young Israel of Woodmere

Rabbi Aaron Feigenbaum, Irving Place Minyan

Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt, Young Israel of Woodmere

Rabbi Kenneth Hain, Congregation Beth Sholom

Rabbi Simcha Hopkovitz, Young Israel of Hewlett

Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz, Beis HaKnesses of North Woodmere

Rabbi Avi Miller, Congregation Beth Sholom

Rabbi Yehuda Septimus, Young israel of North Woodmere

Rabbi Shay Schachter, Young Israel of Woodmere

Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst

Rabbi Ya’akov Trump, Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst

Rabbi Eliyahu Wolf, Young Israel of Woodmere

Rabbi Akiva Willig, Beis Medrash of Woodmere
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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #84 on: March 13, 2020, 12:52:31 PM »
In Queens, it sounds like the shuls are not closing yet, based on the letter the Vaad sent out. My shul is fairly crowded normally, so they're using most of the women's section (which is generally pretty empty) to allow people to spread out more. No hand-shaking, no shalosh seudos/kiddushim, etc.

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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #85 on: March 13, 2020, 12:59:59 PM »
Creative. These gloves were given out at a wedding and everyone wore them for dancing.

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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #86 on: March 13, 2020, 01:01:39 PM »
Creative. These gloves were given out at a wedding and everyone wore them for dancing.

...and that protects everyone from airborne particles how. CANCEL THE DAMN CELEBRATION!!!
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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #87 on: March 13, 2020, 01:06:34 PM »
...and that protects everyone from airborne particles how. CANCEL THE DAMN CELEBRATION!!!
Ill tell the State government to consult you next time for gatherings restrictions...

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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #88 on: March 13, 2020, 01:10:05 PM »
Ill tell the State government to consult you next time for gatherings restrictions...
How about one consult their own common sense.  ::)
I guess Jews treating Jews better than others means giving them the virus?
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Re: Corona virus and your shull
« Reply #89 on: March 13, 2020, 01:36:15 PM »
How about one consult their own common sense.  ::)
I guess Jews treating Jews better than others means giving them the virus?
not sure where your coming from but I don’t think it’s your place to tell people to cancel their weddings. Anyone who wishes to not attend is entitled to do just that. States government limits to how many people can attend events.