Coronavirus Community update – 18 March 2020
As you may well have heard, the Chief Rabbi and the London Beth Din issued a statement on 17th March 2020 requiring Shuls within the United Synagogue to suspend all gatherings including religious services, in line with the latest government guidance to address Coronavirus. Whist this action is both drastic and unprecedented, it is absolutely warranted in the current climate and is likely to result in lives being saved, a value which Judaism places above all else.
At this time, it is important to keep in mind two things.
1. The closure is short term and whilst at present we cannot be sure how long this period will last, we will please G-d resume our full range of normal communal activities in due course. For now, Shul may be shut but Community is open!
2. Living through extraordinary times unleashes opportunities for innovation and creativity within community which can only serve to enrich and strengthen us both now and for the future. In addition to opportunities relating to volunteering, we will over the coming days and weeks be launching a range of new initiatives including online services to bolster our communal spirit and create a host of new access points into the community.
In the meantime, if there is anything you would like to discuss including questions about celebrating a birth or simcha, saying kaddish, observing yarzheit or any other aspect of communal or personal life, please do not hesitate to contact me via the Shul office.
Rabbi Baruch in conjunction with Chairman Steve Elstein