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In the interest of protecting the health and safety of our community, we have decided to close the Ohav Shalom building and cancel all in-person services, school and other programs and all other events until the end of March. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess plans after that date.
We know that the cancellation of school, religious services and other activities means that many of us are dealing with the disruption of our routine sources of structure and support. Please know that we at Ohav are committed to being a source of support and ongoing spiritual sustenance in whatever ways possible. To that end, we offer the following:
Jewish tradition requires of us that we do our utmost to protect health and preserve life. To that end, we urge you to follow the precautions recommended by health experts, in particular to observe social distancing and isolation as much as possible. But we must remember too that social distancing does not demand complete disconnection. We are still a community who can connect in new ways as we navigate this unique and challenging time.
Our tradition also asks us to practice hesed (lovingkindness and generosity) towards one another. Especially in times like these, it is most important that we reach out to others, and relate to each other with kindness, patience and love. Let us find strength in living through this crisis together.
May all of us remain safe, and healthy in body and in spirit.