Rabbi Zev Silber
39 Riverside Drive
Binghamton, NY 13905
Tel. Office: (607) 722-1793 Cell: (607) 761-7098
Tuesday and Friday: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Closed Monday & Wednesday
May we all be safe from this horrible plague!
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE RABBI REGARDING THE COVID-19 VIRUS
Our incredibly interconnected world faces a serious threat of pandemic (novel coronavirus, COVID-19), and many of us may feel legitimately anxious. We have a fundamental religious duty to protect our own health and safety, as well as that of others. This mandate overrides every other positive mitzvah.
Based on a best-practice approach developed by the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America, effective Monday, March 16th, I am taking the following precautionary steps to mitigate health risks in our congregation and in the larger community. I will review and update this policy on a regular basis, as the situation continues to evolve.
I am suspending all in-person Shul activities including all Shabbat services, weekday minyanim, educational classes, and meetings until further notice. It is recommended that you daven in your homes at standard Shul davening times, so we know that our prayers will take place at the same time as the rest of our community, even if not in the same place. Read the Torah reading from a printed Chumash in keeping with the regular cycle.
The Tuesday night Talmud class will not be held until further notice.
In the event of a funeral, God forbid, we may ask, depending on the circumstances at the time, that attendance be restricted to a small group of family members and a minyan. Shiva visits should be conducted by telephone or video calls.
The Beth David Mikvah will remain open. Women under quarantine or ordered to be placed in isolation or who are experiencing symptoms of acute infectious illness (e.g., cold, flu, stomach bug) may not use the Mikvah.
I recognize that these measures are drastic and difficult. Nonetheless, I am confident that as a community we can work together and have a role in taking positive steps to stem the inroads this disease is making in our county. We are grateful to you for the sacrifices you are making to assure the success of this undertaking.
We pray that God, the faithful healer, heal all those who are ill and that we be protected from any further harm.
Rabbi Zev Silber
Beth David Luncheon Speaker Series takes place the second Shabbat of the month after morning services and is open to the community. The next Shabbat Luncheon will take place on May 9. You are also invited to join us earlier upstairs for services that start around 9:30am. There is no charge for the luncheon, but Beth David welcomes donations to the Luncheon Fund in order to keep the program going; they can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, or to mark a special occasion. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Beth David Synagogue, 39 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905 Attention: Luncheon Fund.