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Update #3 - Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dear Temple Gates of Prayer Community,

Over the past week, we have learned a number of individuals in our community have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Most have had mild cases with few symptoms and are already feeling better. While we know everyone wants to share their care and concern, privacy requirements limit us from sharing personal information about any members of our community who have already or may test positive in the future. We are concerned about our community as many of us are in the high-risk category. Should you develop symptoms, please self isolate and contact your health professional.

If you are sick or have concerns, please reach out to Rabbi Biller at mbiller18@gmail.com or 973-476-2452Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us. We will not share your name or information with anyone.

As you know, we have kept the synagogue building closed to congregants and the office staff have alternated days working in office. David and Jorge have also alternated days in the building working and cleaning. Now with the state mandated lockdown, due to the reported rapid spread of the virus, our staff will not be working in the building for at least a week. You can still email Dina at dina@templegates.org or Jacob at jacob9448@gmail.com, but please only email them if there is something you need that cannot wait at least a week. If you call the office, please leave a detailed message so we can get back to you as soon as possible. We will not be getting mail from the post office for the time being.

We cannot stress enough the importance of protecting yourself from the virus and helping to flatten the curve":
  • Personal health and hygiene (washing hands, using hand sanitizer, not touching your face, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue and not your hand, staying home even if you feel the slightest bit sick).
     
  • Social distancing, creating space between you and others in the community.
     
  • Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's strong recommendation is that adults over age 60 and people who have serious chronic medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, any respiratory issues or weakened immune system) be exceptionally careful.
Regular email updates have and will continue to go out with opportunities to connect virtually through learning and prayer. Our website is also being kept updated on these opportunities.

We wish all affected a speedy recovery and look forward to returning to a sense of normalcy soon.


Stay safe and healthy!

Mark Biller                 Alan Wasserman
Rabbi                        President                 

Update #2 - Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear Temple Gates of Prayer Community,

We have just learned that an individual in our community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Thankfully, they had a mild case with few symptoms and are already feeling better. While we know everyone wants to share their care and concern, privacy requirements limit us from sharing personal information about this individual, or inevitably, the additional members of our community who may test positive in the future. Our clergy and staff are in touch with the individual.

This individual was at Temple Gates of Prayer on the evenings of March 8th for the TGP Celebration event and March 9th for Purim services and was asymptomatic at both events At the recommendation of the New York City Department of Health, anyone who attended either of these events should self-monitor for symptoms – i.e., watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath – for 14 days since those dates (or through March 22nd and 23rd, respectively).  Should you develop symptoms, please self isolate and contact your health professional.  

Given the reported rapid spread of the virus, we have been proactively planning for such an occurrence to the best of our ability. Our staff has been alternating working from home and the office and we have kept the synagogue building closed and cleaned.

We cannot stress enough the importance of protecting yourself from the virus and helping to flatten the curve":

  • Personal health and hygiene (washing hands, using hand sanitizer, not touching your face, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue and not your hand, staying home even if you feel the slightest bit sick).
     
  • Social distancing, creating space between you and others in the community.
     
  • Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's strong recommendation is that adults over age 60 and people who have serious chronic medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, any respiratory issues or weakened immune system) be exceptionally careful.

It is important to minimize possible exposure and spread to our congregants and community. The clergy, Board of Trustees and staff of Temple Gates of Prayer are here for our community as we sail across this situation together. It is important that you please let us know if you have been self-quarantined, mandatory quarantined, have traveled recently to an area of concern and/or been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Please reach out to Dina at dina@templegates.org or the rabbi at mbiller18@gmail.com or the board and we will make sure to check in with you. Regular email updates have and will continue to go out with opportunities to connect virtually through learning and prayer. Our website is also being kept updated on these opportunities.

Again, we wish this individual and all affected a speedy recovery and look forward to returning to a sense of normalcy soon.

Stay safe and healthy!


Alan Wasserman                            Mark Biller
President                                        Rabbi

Updates from TGP about Coronavirus

Update #1 - Friday, March 13, 2020

At Temple Gates of Prayer we are making our health a high priority. We are guided by the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and New York State Department of Health. Using caution, we believe it is important to minimize possible exposure to our congregants. The following steps that the board has implemented are precautionary, we have no known cases of COVID-19 in our community.

At this point, the Board of Trustees has decided to close the building for services, meetings and programs until further notice. While the office staff will be in the office working, the board asks that you do not come to the building, but call the office if you have questions or need something. We will be updating you a few times a week with any change in office hours and when we will start services again. 

Please follow the following guidelines:
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, elbow, or sleeve.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get your flu shot, if you haven't done so already.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces.
  • Stay home if you're feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history. Please note that symptoms of the Coronavirus can include fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
The clergy, board and staff of Temple Gates of Prayer are here for our community as we sail across this situation together. It is important that you please let us know if you have been self-quarantined, mandatory quarantined, have traveled recently to an area of concern and/or been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Please reach out to Dina at dina@templegates.org or the rabbi at mbiller18@gmail.com or the board and we will make sure to check in with you. If you are experiencing symptoms (coughing, fever, trouble breathing) or for additional information, please contact your healthcare provider or visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and New York State Department of Health websites.

Stay safe and healthy!
Shabbat Shalom!

Alan Wasserman                                              Mark Biller
President                                                          Rabbi
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