WEEKDAY SHACHARIS

 

Friday June 5

Erev Shabbos Naso 5780

 

Dear Kehillah:

 

After a successful week of Mincha/Maariv Minyanim, we are adding a 7:15 Shacharis minyan this week (8:30 on Sunday)! (The timing is temporary due to logistical issues, and our eventual goal will be to return to a regular minyan schedule. We appreciate your patience and cooperation! In order to minimize the length of the davening, the chazan will begin with Yishtabach at 7:15. People should recite Pesukei deZimra at home before arriving. More details will be communicated to those who sign up.)

The form to register can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPP-Dr6H4Wb4BywqRCBOv9rdjOIwWH1Bu5q_4E6zK8E6ZOog/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

WEEKDAY MINCHA/MAARIV

Sunday May 31, 2020.- 8 Sivan 5780

 

Dear Kehillah:

After consultation with our Medical Response Team and a senior posek, and significant discussions among our Reopening Implementation Committee,  we are pleased to announce that we are beginning to return to our shul for minyan in a cautiously phased system.

We  will begin tomorrow, Monday evening June 1, with a Mincha/Maariv Minyan at 8:35 PM in the main sanctuary.

 

All minyan attendees during this period must confirm to the best of their knowledge:

  • They have had no symptoms of covid-19 (fever greater than 100 degrees, nagging cough, other flu like symptoms, or unexplained shortness of breath) in the last 14 days.

  • They have not been in close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed with Covid-19 within the last 14 days.

  • They have not travelled or received guests from outside the  greater Pittsburgh area in the last 14 days.

 

And to agree

  • To wear masks in shul

  • To maintain social distancing in shul

  • To sit in a seat designated by the Gabbai

  • Not to bring children to shul

  • All minyanim for the time being will be by pre-registration only, and for the time being we are asking for consistent commitments to attending that minyan. You can sign up to the minyan using this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWW-KW_6JaxMvGHq4J7n5taAwDnZfvF6jHXlVd8YdXQpFyrQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1. Please wait for a confirmation from the gabbai before attending. He will also share the procedures for attendance.

  • Those who want to attend specifically for a yahrtzeit should be in touch with the Gabbai of this Minyan, Aaron Goldwasser( agoldwasser6776@gmail.com). Any women interested in attending weekday mincha should also be in touch with Aaron directly.

  • Those at greater risk -- those with chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or liver disease or anybody over age 65 -- are discouraged from attending minyanim during this period, and should at the very least consult with their PCP and the Rabbi before considering attending. This is not, God forbid, to exclude those people from shul, but out of our halachic imperative to protect the most vulnerable. We certainly pray for a time when we will be serving Hashem once again  “with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters.“

  • No one, even those otherwise young and healthy, and particularly in the groups listed above, who are concerned about the safety of returning should feel any halachic obligation to attend minyan during this period, including for yahrtzeits and aveilus 

  • All minyanim will take place in the main sanctuary.  

 

Our plan is to add a minyan for Shacharis next week, and Shabbos minyanim in the near future, and are hard at work at establishing protocols for those. (Obviously, the demands of social distancing will introduce some changes to the normal shul experience, and we trust in your partnership in allowing this to develop in as safe a manner as possible.) 

 

From the beginning of this crisis, we have been guided by experienced physicians and  noted poskim, to whom we are most grateful for helping us steer the course in unnavigated waters. Going forward, they  will help to guide us as we return to our beloved Shul.

SHABBOS MINYANIM

Dear Kehillah:

Following the opening of our weekday minyanim, we will be returning to Shabbos davening be'H this Friday evening June 12, Parshas Behaalosecha.

Both men and women can sign up using this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetW8vGLNjj4bHFUjwl-ki-SWYlM4rFsA0C_98oukU_pRu64Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • All minyanim for the time being will be by pre-registration only. Please wait for a confirmation from the gabbai before attending. He will also share the procedures for attendance.

  • Please be aware that davening will be a different experience than usual. There will be no sermon or kiddush and there should be no socializing before, after or during the services. The davening itself will be somewhat shorter than usual. We trust in your partnership in allowing this to develop in as safe a manner as possible.

  • In order to avoid unneccesary gathering in shul, we will be having Shabbos Mincha at 3 PM and Maariv Motzei Shabbos at 9:31 PM.

 

All minyan attendees during this period must confirm to the best of their knowledge:

  • They have had no symptoms of covid-19 (fever greater than 100 degrees, nagging cough, other flu like symptoms, or unexplained shortness of breath) in the last 14 days.

  • They have not been in close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed with Covid-19 within the last 14 days.

  • They have not travelled or received guests from outside the greater Pittsburgh area in the last 14 days.

And to agree

  • To wear masks in shul

  • To maintain social distancing in shul

  • To sit in a seat designated by the Gabbai

  • Not to bring children to shul

  • Those at greater risk -- those with chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or liver disease or anybody over age 65 -- are discouraged from attending minyanim during this period, and should at the very least consult with their PCP and the Rabbi before considering attending. This is not, God forbid, to exclude those people from shul, but out of our halachic imperative to protect the most vulnerable. We certainly pray for a time when we will be serving Hashem once again “with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters.“

  • No one, even those otherwise young and healthy, and particularly in the groups listed above, who are concerned about the safety of returning should feel any halachic obligation to attend minyan during this period, including for yahrtzeits and aveilus 

  • All minyanim will take place in the main sanctuary.  

 

 

From the beginning of this crisis, we have been guided by experienced physicians and noted poskim, to whom we are most grateful for helping us steer the course in unnavigated waters. Going forward, they will help to guide us as we return to our beloved Shul.

 

Dr Louis Felder                 Rabbi Daniel Yolkut

Congregation
POale
Zedeck

412.421.9786

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6318 Phillips Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217