Over the last several weeks we have been fortunate enough to have options for our members, minyanim indoor and outdoor.
On Shavuos, with consultation from medical professionals, we felt it safe enough to gather for minyanim on Yom Tov outside. We organized a group to push forward with this effort. We researched costs and vendors for outdoor tents, and finally contracted with a vendor that has been pleasant and accommodating to work with. Finally, a tent was assembled that brought our kehila together for Yom Tov after being closed due to Covid-19 for several months.
This past Shabbos we had our first minyan inside the shul since mid-March. Safety protocols and health measures are in place and continue to be refined. B’H, we are pleased with the progress, safety, and the vitality at both minyanim.
We understand that Covid-19 still poses a threat and we must all continue to act diligently with social distancing and be safe.
We also understand that not everyone is ready to be back in our shul building.
We would like to maintain an outside minyan under a tent for our shul for as long as we possibly can. However, there are costs associated. There is a weekly cost to maintain the tent. The shul’s budget cannot sustain these costs.
Thank you for those who have already volunteered and offered to pay some of the costs.
Last week, and this coming Shabbos, two individuals have volunteered to pay, sponsor, to maintain the tent.
We are looking for weekly sponsors or co-sponsors to help defray the cost of maintaining the tent.
Please respond to the office if you are able to sponsor or make any financial commitment to maintain the tent.
Rabbi Naphtali Burnstein