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Activities and in-person religious services have been suspended out of concern for congregant and community health.
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Services and ACTIVITIES suspended -- Temporary CONDITIONS in Response to COVID-19

Tree of Life Suspends Activities Out of Concerns for Congregant and Community Health
 
Dear Friends:

With an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our communities, Rodef Shalom has decided to suspend services, meetings, pre-school, and building functions starting tomorrow and continuing through to the end of Passover in order to reduce the potential for transmission of the coronavirus.  As a guest and tenant, Tree of Life will be following suit.

Effective Friday, March 13, we will suspend activities and modify religious services; Rabbi Myers, Barb, and Alex will work mainly from home with limited hours in the office; meetings will be held via video conferencing.
 
  • Friday night services will be live streamed (only) on Tree of Life's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/treeoflifepgh) at 6:00 PM (other streaming options may be added later).
  • An abridged, one-hour Saturday morning service will be live streamed on Zoom at 10:00 AM. Rabbi Myers will conduct a text study; the text will be available the Worship webpage. You can also go to the Worship webpage to connect via Zoom (be sure you have downloaded the program first)  (https://www.treeoflifepgh.org/worship).
  • Sisterhood Shabbat, originally scheduled for March 21, will be rescheduled to a later date.
  • Beth Shalom will be closed for two weeks starting Sunday, March 15 at 12:00 am. Men's Club Sunday morning breakfast minyan is canceled. Beth Shalom will be holding daily morning and evening minyanim over a Zoom call (link: https://zoom.us/j/896828166). There will be nobody physically in the building for the services, and the Torah will not be read. They will use the Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat, Festivals, and Weekdays (the “fat” Sim Shalom) prayer book. Copies of this siddur are available to be picked up at the Beth Shalom reception desk, if you would like to participate. (If there is no receptionist at the desk when you come by, call the Maintenance phone number listed at the door.)
  • If you would like to borrow a siddur/prayer book or chumash/bible for home use, just ask and we'll make arrangements to get them to you.
  • If you are saying kaddish or have a yahrzeit observance during this time, you can say kaddish along with Rabbi Myers on the live streamed service. (Note that the names of those with yahrzeits are also announced at each daily and each Sunday morning minyan)
Voicemail and email will be checked frequently; responses may be slightly delayed. Do not hesitate to contact anyone on staff or on board leadership if you need anything at all. Email addresses are listed below.

We regret the inconvenience and disappointment we will all surely experience in the coming days. We look forward to the new opportunities-- like an online adult education class via video conferencing technology -- to keep us all connected.

Please know that we have been calling those in the congregation who do not use email or social media to let them know about these changes, but please feel free to share this information with others who may need it. We will, of course, provide you with any information or updates as they occur.
 
We are aware that there are different opinions on the response to this outbreak. We have chosen to act with caution and focus on the safety and health of our congregants. We urge everyone to follow the guidance provided by physicians and government agencies-- wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are feeling sick, practice social distancing.

We wish you health and comfort and a Shabbat Shalom.

 
If you have questions or need assistance of any kind, please contact any of the following:

Shul Office: 412-521-6788 or office@treeoflifepgh.org 
Executive Director Barb Feige: barb@treeoflifepgh.org
Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers:  rabbi@treeoflifepgh.org
President Sam Schachner: president@treeoflifepgh.org
Program Director Alex Speck: alex@treeoflifepgh.org 
 

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