FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chabad's Covid-19 Re-opening Plan

Dear Friend,

First and foremost, we want to thank you for your patience, understanding and most of all, your support, as we were forced to close our doors during these challenging times.

We want to extend our thanks to our local Health Department and elected officials for their tireless work in enacting policies for all of our safety and well-being. We are exceptionally thankful to Governor Herbert and his team for including Chabad as part of his Religious Communities Task Force, and for incorporating our input as to when religious services should open throughout the State.

Since the onset of Covid-19, we have reiterated to our community the Torah belief that “Sakanta Chamira M’Takanta – Danger is taken more seriously than Enactments.” 

Please understand, there will be absolutely no exceptions and no special treatment for anyone not following along with these guidelines. We ask you to remember that we are being advised by both Torah and medical authorities in this issue of Pikuach Nefesh. Further, please know that while we are re-opening Services, in no way does this compel you to attend. If you are the least bit uncomfortable being in an environment with others, you are not in the least bit required to attend!

Regarding a schedule of Shabbat Services: At this point, weekly Shabbat Services (7:30 PM Friday evening, and 9:30 AM Shabbat Morning) will be determined on a week-by-week basis, based on the number of possible attendees.

If you will be visiting from out-of-town and would like to attend Minyan, please fill out this form to let us know how many of you will be attending.

The following guidelines will be in place until further notice:

-All Services have been relocated to the Price Social Hall to better facilitate the appropriate social distancing. The Social Hall has been brought completely up to standard for the current circumstances, including disinfecting the room and setting up the furniture to ensure that a 6-foot distance can always be maintained. It is the responsibility of every attendee to abide by all social distancing standards. Even so, we have an extremely limited number of seats for services. If you plan on attending, please let us know beforehand, so we can best make sure there’s adequate seating.

-Entrance to the Social Hall is through the very last door on the left off the Lobby.

-Masks must always be worn when on Chabad premises.

-Upon entering Chabad, we require you to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, as well as using the provided hand sanitizer before entering the Social Hall.

-People over age 65 or those that have pre-existing health conditions of any kind, are encouraged to not attend. Likewise, anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 14 days is asked to please not attend.

-We ask you to bring as much as possible of what you plan to use at Chabad from home before Shabbat or the Holiday – Talis, Sidddur, Chumash, etc. For those who wish to use what Chabad has of those items, we will be creating cubbies in the back of the Social Hall where you can place these items after Services and use the same ones again next time.

-There will be no Kiddush after Services. Similarly, we ask you to please not congregate in the Lobby after Services.

-The Weinberg Youth Lounge (aka Kids Room) will remain CLOSED. Children should only be brought to Services if they will remain in the same seat as their parent for the duration of Services.

It is our sincerest hope that one day we will all be able to join together, in person, as a community once again!

With our sincerest wish, that just as when our ancestors stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai, all were healed from whatever physical, spiritual or emotional maladies they have been struggling with, so too, in those days at this time, may G‑d Almighty bring about complete health and healing to all that need it, speedily in our days,

Rabbi Benny & Sharonne Zippel
Rabbi Avremi & Sheina Zippel