April 12, 2021
I hope that you and your families are safe and well. It has been 3 months since I have posted an update and there have been many ups and downs that have occurred since then. Like many of you, my wife and I have been fortunate enough to receive both of our vaccinations and we are truly grateful. Doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Illinois representing about 40% of residents 16 and up having received their first dose. Governor Pritzker is hopeful that vaccines will help Illinois avoid a 4th COVID surge as state public health officials reported 2,102 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 11 related deaths on Monday, April 5.
The Shir Hadash Covid task force, led by Jerry Weiss, has been meeting on an ongoing basis to ensure the safety and well-being of our Shir Hadash family as well as following the latest Illinois and CDC guidelines. Our goal is to begin to transition to in person programming once it is deemed safe to do so.
As previously stated, the synagogue continues to remain closed to all but staff at this point. However, plans are in process for potentially hosting a couple of B'nai Mitzvahs starting in May and perhaps a wedding or two. These events will be by invite only. They will be governed by the Covid-19 policies and limitations established by our task force.
Additionally, some outdoor activities will be considered as the weather improves. You and your family’s health and safety are our primary concern.
We are all in this together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Rabbi, Karen at the office, or myself at any time. We are here for and because of you!
Marc Fargotstein M. EdT
Shir Hadash Board President