After a serious and heartfelt discussion, we have decided to make some significant changes and cancellations to our upcoming services and programs. Your health and safety are paramount, and we are making the choice to err on the side of caution when it comes to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In the short time since we sent our message to the community yesterday afternoon, the San Mateo County Health Department has advised communities to cancel all non-essential gatherings and cautioned those over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune systems to stay away from communal events.
Important Updates to Note:
- Tonight’s Tots ‘n’ Torah Shabbat service and dinner are cancelled.
- Tonight’s Friday night service will be via livestream or you can watch it on our Facebook Live Portal, instead of a communal gathering.
- All Youth Education programs (with the exception of individual Hebrew groups) are cancelled for this Shabbat.
- Our special Torah Study with Anat Hoffman will take place over Zoom.
- We are still joyously celebrating Keli’i Chavinson becoming a Bar Mitzvah tomorrow morning. Our Shabbat morning bar mitzvah service will continue as planned.
While Youth Education is cancelled, if you have a child in 7th grade, we encourage you to support Keli’i and his family in whatever way you feel comfortable, whether in person or via livestream.
- Monday’s Purim Celebration is cancelled.
- Mishloach Manot baskets are available to all Youth Education families who would like to stop by the Temple office and pick one up. Volunteers delivering baskets should still pick them up for delivery as planned today.
We are raising money for tzedakah as a community to help alleviate the burden on families that will lose their wages and/or access to meal assistance due to community closures. If you would like to put your program payments towards tzedakah, there’s no need to take any action, we will automatically deliver it to CALL Primrose.
If you have already paid for the Tots ‘n’ Torah dinner and would like a refund, please email Kim Gotthard.
If you have already paid for the Purim celebration and would like a refund, please email Kiana Fong.
Pikuach nefesh, the Jewish directive that teaches us that literally any Jewish law can and should be disregarded if it protects the life and health of an individual, has become our new operating principal in this rather unusual and evolving health crisis.
We will reassess regularly as we get a better idea of how this health crisis is developing and will continue to keep you updated. Please plan to spend Shabbat with your community by tuning in
to the livestream or our Facebook Live Portal this evening at 6:30pm.
For individual appointments, clergy and staff will continue to meet with congregants and, if you prefer, meetings can take place via Skype or FaceTime in lieu of in-person meetings.
Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. We look forward to resuming our services and celebrations when it is safe to do so.
Rabbi Dan Feder Rabbi Lisa Delson Rabbi Molly Plotnik Cantor Alexandra Fox