Dear Members and Friends,
We are quickly approaching the Yom Tov of Succos. Over the course of the next several days, the community is anticipating travelers to arrive from out of town to be here for Yom Tov with their families and friends. At this time we feel it is important to remind everyone we must still be mindful of COVID-19 as the pandemic continues to be prevalent in many communities across the country.
Please read the letter below that was issued from the Vaad HaRabbonim of Greater Cleveland.
We feel the need to reiterate the shul’s safety guidelines that were sent out before Rosh Hashanah, however, there is a greater sense of urgency now as many travelers will arrive into the community this week.
While inside the building or tents, maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose is mandatory.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to Yom Tov, please do not come to shul.
As a shul, we continue to face the challenge, and opportunity, of managing a meaningful shul experience for our families while maintaining a safe healthy environment.
As we approach Succos, we are taking steps to ensure and prioritize the health and safety of our Kehillah. While the experience will be different this year, we are working with our medical professionals to determine how we can safely conduct Hoshanas over Succos and Hakafos on Simchas Torah. Details are still being finalized and will be shared as soon as possible.
Young Israel of Greater Cleveland
Va’ad HaRabbonim of Greater Cleveland ועד הרבנים דקליוולאנד 9/28/20
מוצאי יוה” כ תשפ” א
Re: Yom Tov guests and travel
As many families prepare to travel for Yom Tov, many others will be welcoming guests, and our beloved Yeshiva Bochurim will be returning home, it is critical for the community to reaffirm its commitment to safety measures that mitigate the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus in our community. This is especially important for those traveling to, or guests coming from, the east-coast, which has seen an alarming rise in cases recently.
We therefore reiterate the following vital safety measures:
• Wear masks in public
• Keep a safe distance from others
• Avoid unnecessary congregate settings, especially indoors
• Maintain healthy hand hygiene
• Anyone feeling unwell should stay home
• Anyone exposed to someone with COVID-19 must stay home
• Anyone who is immuno-compromised should speak to his\her physician to determine if it is safe to attend public gatherings
We also encourage guests from the east-coast to test for COVID-19 prior to arrival, as well as those returning to Cleveland after Yom Tov. Public testing drives have been arranged before Yom Tov, and some Shuls will require bochurim/guests to test before being allowed entry indoors. We also recommend that travelers take advantage of available outdoor minyanim.
It is our prayer that the entire community enjoy a happy and healthy Yom Tov, and we continue to daven “אבינו מלכינו מנע מגיפה מנחלתך” .
Va’ad HaRabbonim of Greater Cleveland