Email sent March 13, 2020
Dear Temple Family,
We are writing to keep you informed about our ongoing response to the rapidly changing situation concerning the Coronavirus.
We are in constant contact with the NJ Department of Health, along with local authorities and the Reform Movement. We all know that this is something we have not faced in our lifetimes, and we are working to respond appropriately and safely.
We have decided to rely on the guidance of the Freehold Regional High School District, as they serve most of our demographic area and are even better informed than we are.
If the FRHSD closes, we will cancel all religious school classes. Until that time, we are taking every possible precaution to protect our students as they continue to learn. A separate email has gone out to every religious school family; if you did not receive it, we will be happy to share it with you.
We will continue to hold Friday evening Shabbat services as long as it is reasonable and prudent to do so. We are adding extra chairs in the sanctuary, and we will encourage you to practice “social distancing” when you attend. Hugs, kisses and handshakes are being replaced, temporarily, with “elbow bumps,” and we ask you to respect this for everyone’s health. We are also preparing our Oneg Shabbat in individual portions, so you will be able to grab a nosh without cross-contaminating the food for others.
If you do not feel comfortable attending our service, or if you are in one of the risk groups, please feel free to participate in our Friday evening services on live-stream, at https://trt.org/trt-live-
stream/. If at any point we need to cancel our services, they will still be available each week on live-stream.
Effective immediately, our Shabbat morning minyan services will be held via Zoom ONLY. To share in our Saturday morning service go to https://zoom.us/j/768964062. (Please save this link for use throughout the coming months.) We are also creating Zoom meetings for all committees to allow those who need to remain at home to continue your participation in the life of our congregation. We suggest that you download Zoom (just click on the link above now) in advance if you plan to participate.
Our custodians are working very hard to sanitize every part of TRT and we thank them for their extra effort. Our entire staff is aware of the challenges we face and the fear which uncertainty can bring, and we are all here to listen and respond to you in every way we can. If you have concerns – about our preparations or about your own wellbeing during this challenging time – we invite you to call, write or stop in.
Each of our services will include a prayer for healing for ourselves, our loved ones, our country and the whole world. As we begin to look forward to Pesach, may we always remember that life is a journey which we share with every living creature on Earth. In good times and bad, we walk this path together.
Rabbi Don Weber
Rabbi Shira Stern
Tmima Grinvald, President