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23/3/20

Coronavirus and Jewish Life FAQs 1

A prayer from the Chief Rabbi 

17/3/20

Dear Members,

We hope this finds you and your families well.

We are living in unprecedented times and as a leadership team we are continually reviewing our plans in line with the developing situation and government advice.

As a community we must do all we can to keep our staff and members safe and support those in need.

Following guidance from the Chief Rabbi and in order to reduce the risk to our community, the shul will be closed as of immediate effect. All services, social activities and educational programmes will be suspended until further notice.

We will be contacting families with Smachot over the coming days to provide support.

The shul office is also closed and all staff will be working from home. You will however still be able to reach the team via email and phone as normal.

As a community, our immediate concern is now focused on supporting our most vulnerable members and those who are self-isolating. We are aware that many members will require assistance with shopping, daily chores or just need a friendly chat.

I know many people are already helping neighbours and friends, but if you are able to volunteer your time to support the community at this difficult time please register here www.hgss.org.uk/volunteer. One of the team will be in touch.

If you are self-isolating and require help you can let us know by either registering here www.hgss.org.uk/requestform, emailing support@hgss.org.uk or calling 020 8455 0040. We will then be able to provide you with the necessary assistance. Our Nefesh Network will also be calling round over the course of the coming week to check-in with our most vulnerable members.

Finally, we hope to be able to shortly share more information about,, online programmes and educational activities. We will also provide more information regarding the support we are able to offer members over Pesach.

We wish a refuah shleimah to those members experiencing symptoms or who have tested positive for Coronavirus and we will continue to update the community with any new developments.

Neil Levinson