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Coronavirus Response and Protocols

UPDATE:

Wednesday March 18

Coronavirus Closure Update

Dear friends, 
Unfortunately, the current pandemic is continuing to intensify. After considerations by Rabbi Weissman and the Board, and in consultation with medical officials, YIP will continue to remain closed. Services for this Shabbat and through next week will be suspended. The board will continue to meet each Wednesday night to evaluate the situation in the hopes that we can resume some services as soon as possible. 
However, we are cognizent that this may take some time and we want to continue to be able to support each other as a community leading up to Pesach and beyond.

Our clear message is to STAY HOME AND SAVE LIVES, Please heed the government and halachic directives and help to Flatten the Curve. If you are healthy, please consider joining the Half Day Fast Thursday morning declared by OU and RCA (see message below). 

If you have any questions or need any help please reach out to Rabbi Weissman, Yoetzet Avital Weissman, Sarah, or me. We will also be sending additional information in the coming days about volunteering oppotunities to expand our Chessed in the community. 

The shul will also be sending additional opportunities for learning, take out delivery, online shiurim and youth activities. If you have ideas please let me know. 

I hope everyone will join us for a special communal get together Thrusday at 9PMFarbrengen,Shiurim, and Inspiration for YIP and MJC with Rabbi Weissman, Rabbi Rank and Rabbi Levenson.
Join by following this link https://zoom.us/j/5169388390.

While we can't be together in person we can certainly still do our part to daven for those impacted. Please see this critical message from OU and RCA regarding our role in stopping the pandemic with our actions and our prayers. 

Thank you, 

David Gross

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SUNDAY MARCH 15

The Young Israel of Plainview will continue to be closed through Friday morning Shacharit March 20. We will be re-evaluating the situation every few days to determine when we will be able to re-open. G-d willing soon. If you are not a member and attend our minyanim and would like updates regarding our status please send your name, phone number, and email address to office@yiplainview.com. 

Dear Friends,

With COVID-19 still spreading and many still in grave danger, the board and I have chosen to keep the synagogue closed through Friday at which point we will re-evaluate the situation. Our decision does not come lightly. We certainly understand the valuable role minyan plays in people's lives and how painful its loss is.

But realize, we close and cancel to protect others, in particular the weakest among us. It is a Mitzvah to protect not only our own lives but the lives of others as well. By distancing, we help curb the spread of this dangerous disease and save lives. We implore our members not to form private minyanim as this will undermine our communal effort to stop the spread of the virus.

We encourage all of our members to follow the CDC guidelines in all areas, as we play our part.

Over the week, we will create as many learning opportunities as possible through social media and online shiurim.

Wishing you all only health and happiness,
Rabbi Elie Weissman

 

Additional Information

 

I want to thank the members of our board who have given significant amount of additional time, to work together, to discuss our current situation, and help us make decisions for the community. We have been aided by many of our members in the medical community and rabbinical authorities that have had to make several very difficult decisions.

Members of our board will be reaching out to all our members in the coming days to ensure that everyone has a contact who they can go to in case they need help.
Please note the board member that contacts you and use them as your primary contact. If you can't get to that person or need any additional help please contact me or Rabbi Weissman by phone, text or email.

It is very important that we have the best contact information for all our members. We will also be introducing text messages (in addition to our chain call), to help increase communication with the membership, if we don't have your email, or mobile phone number on your account please contact Stacy Grady office@yiplainivew.org to ensure we can share our most up to date information as quickly as possible.

During trying times is when we need each other the most, and while we may not have our physical kehila, we are still the wonderful community that we all appreciate.
We will be holding a community meeting via teleconference on Thursday night for questions (more information to follow).

Thank you,
David Gross

FRIDAY MARCH 13

Rabbi Weissman and I have made the decision to follow the recommendation of the RCA, OU and halachic authorities and follow suit with other shuls in our area and CLOSE YIP this Shabbat. We will have no minyanim through this Sunday. We will communicate further Sunday afternoon.

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that we will NOT be holding minyanim or gathering in shul this Shabbos. After discussion with Rav Herschel Schachter, Rav Mordechai Willig, the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America have concluded that any area where schools are closed should also close its shuls. Their feeling was that even with precautions, Halacha demands an exceptional standard when it comes to risk of life.

It's unfortunate that some will have to miss kaddish for yahrzeits and aveilut, but please realize that we are doing this for the sake of our friends and neighbors. In this case, one may learn Mishnayot in lieu of kaddish and count that your commitment will do benefit the neshamot of those who have passed.

It is my hope that we can continue to find spiritual opportunities this Shabbat without shul. Please daven at the proper time, read the parsha, share Torah, sing zemirot, and bond with your families.

Apologies for the late notice, but the situation is unfortunately fluid. Please refrain from all large gatherings as well.

With blessing for a healthy and meaningful Shabbos,
Rabbi Elie Weissman

 

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Presidents Message:

This is a decision we did not take lightly and we do not currently have any confirmed cases in YIP. It is the first time I am aware of that YIP has ever been closed.

In a time of adversity is when a community shows its true colors. We care for each other and support each other. We are only at the very begining of a trying time for us individually, and as a community, and I am already so proud of the caring and response I've seen. As the pandemic evolves we will need to continue adjust and find ways to support one another.

We will be sending a follow up email shortly with a video message from Rabbi Weissman to put us in the proper mindframe for shabbat.

Apologies again for the short notice. Wishing you all a good shabbos and health,
David Gross

 

Thu, April 2 2020 8 Nisan 5780