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Important Update  about  the Shul Reopening

 Dear Members and Friends,
 

 

Over the past couple tumultuous months, we have been afforded the opportunity to reflect upon the blessing of a shul that we call home. Unfortunately, we are not yet able to host simchas, kiddushim or shiurim. However, the primary function of our shul, a place of communal prayer, is something we look forward resuming in the coming days. With tremendous gratitude to Hashem we plan to reopen for minyan on Sunday, May 31.

It is said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Teffila is referred to as "avoda sh'balev" (Gemara Taanis 2a), service of the heart. This is a time when our collective heart beats for the opportunities of deep connection that tefilla b'tzibur offers us. As we reenter our central place of prayer I am excited to, as a kehilla, approach tefilla with renewed appreciation and reverence.

I am grateful for the collaborative efforts of Rabbis Goldstein and Zack, the executive board, the Orthodox Union and medical experts in our community and beyond. Our priority has always been, and continues to be, the health and safety of our community. Our cautious reopening will be a learning process and we count on everyone's cooperation to ensure its success.

Please read the guidelines carefully as we ask that you adhere to them meticulously. All rules and regulations will be strictly enforced by an appointee of the rabbi. By following these guidelines you will ensure that the process runs smoothly, facilitating everyone's safety. Disregarding them could potentially lead to putting many at great risk.

Social Distancing Policy

  • Minyanim will be limited in size and only open to pre-registered individuals. Priority will be given to those with a chiyuv or yahrzeit.
  • All persons must wear masks or face coverings at all times.
  • All persons must maintain at least an 6 foot distance at all times.
  • Everyone must bring their own tallis, siddurim, chumashim, etc.
  • Congregants should remain by their seats throughout services and not kiss the Torah.
  • Congregants who do not follow the social distancing policies will be asked to leave.

Restrictions

  • Minyanim will be held outdoors on the Ardmore side. In the event of inclement weather, minyan will be moved indoors, upon the decision of the rabbi.
  • Seats may not be rearranged.
  • We will have not have Youth Groups, Kiddush or Shalosh Seudos
  • Those over the age of 65 or with any serious medical conditions are strongly encouraged to remain at home unless granted permission from their physician to attend minyanim.
  • Men and women are welcome to submit a registration request.
  • No children under age 13.
  • All members should ask their physicians if they have any concerns before attending shul.
  • People arriving from outside Columbus may not attend minyanim for 14 days.
  • Anyone experiencing fever, sinus pain, cough, reduced or altered sense of smell/taste, stuffy nose, chills, fatigue, sore throat, joint pains or diarrhea should not attend.
  • If you don’t feel well, even without any of the above symptoms you should not attend shul

CLICK HERE FOR THE MINYAN REGISTRATION FORM

Please feel free to reach out to me or any member of the executive board with any questions or concerns.

May Hashem send a speedy recovery to all in need and bless us with the health and wisdom necessary to continue to gradually create a safe and spiritually uplifting environment.

Sincerely,  Rabbi David Claman

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Important Updates

Dear Members and Friends,

We want to wish all of our members, families and friends good health and good spirits during these difficult times.

We are extremely grateful to those who participated generously in our Chanukah Matching Campaign. These donations have dramatically helped the shul during this Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the donations are helping pay shul expenses at this time.

The physical, spiritual, mental and financial health of our members has been our priority. Many of our members and friends have joined Zoom classes, given by Rabbi Claman. Aside from the excellent learning and discussion opportunities, the classes give people a chance to connect with others in this time of social isolation. Social distancing, masks, hand washing, and online meetings will have to continue for a while. We all want the shul to open, but in a way that is safe and secure. Joel Marcovitch, CEO of JewishColumbus has been in talks with all of the Columbus Congregations about “the best ways” to open our doors when the time comes, in a coordinated approach, while discussing with experts the best standardized safety measures that should be in place.

  The Columbus Jewish Cemetery Association’s $250,000 cemetery improvement plan has completed several of its major goals. We thank Jewish Columbus for their matching grant, which paid for about one half this project. Ahavas Sholom has been well represented at the regular Cemetery Association meetings.

· The $85,000 project to improve the Ahavas Sholom Performance Parkway Cemetery is complete! Most of the cost was for the installation of an underground drainage system under the now expanded 2 acres of the cemetery. After the last 3 heavy rains, there were no areas of standing water. The rest of the expense was for landscaping, including the creation of new paths, clearing of land, trees, rocks and debris. The result is space for hundreds of new burial plots.

· In the cemeteries of the 5 synagogues, about 200 toppled gravestones have been up righted with new foundations placed. 

 · The cleanup of the old Ahavas Sholom Alum Creek Cemetery is also complete.

Although the shul is closed, there are several building updates:

· Dale and his team thoroughly cleaned the building, including wiping down all contact surfaces.

· $12,600 of the Chanukah Campaign funds paid for the installation of two new sanctuary air conditioner units on the roof, in addition to the two new ones installed last year. All four units that cool the sanctuary and lobby have been replaced.

· This fall and winter, a team of our members have done a major kitchen reorganization. Thank you!! A long new metal prep table is in place. Old utensils were discarded and new ones purchased. A company was hired to inspect all the ovens for safety and function. All dials, lines and burners were checked. Two thermocouples were replaced, and all the ovens were cleaned.

· The Shul received the approval for a Federal Emergency Management Agency Nonprofit Security Grant for $63,000 to install security enhancements. This includes funding for an exterior and interior video camera system, panic buttons, an intrusion detection system, video door bell and more.

· The shul was approved for a loan/grant from the government Paycheck Protection Program to help pay expenses in May and June. After that, with your generosity, the gala ad journal will hopefully produce income for the next few months.

Ahavas Sholom is delighted to recognize our dear members Lily and Ed Friedman and Gary Covel as our gala honorees this year. They have earned this honor by their many contributions to the shul and to the broader Columbus Jewish community. Ed served 10 remarkable years as the Columbus Community Kollel president. Lily has supported a variety of Jewish causes in the community. Lily and Lana Covel z”l were both graduates of the 3 year culinary school. Both Lily and Lana’s culinary skills were well known, helping at our shul, teaching CTA students, and/or making meals for people in need. Gary’s decades of selfless work for the Columbus Chevra Kadisha is exemplary.

In view of the pandemic, the Ahavas Sholom gala committee is busy working on a virtual alternative for both the gala and the ad journal. News and details to follow.

If you or someone you know has an unmet need, whether spiritual, financial, emotional or other, please contact Rabbi Claman to discuss this in confidence. May everyone stay well and help others stay well during these trying times. We look forward to time together, in person, on Zoom and in our prayers.

With warm wishes, Dotan Herszage, President and Philip Weinerman, Chairman 

Vdeos for Yom Ha'zikaron and Yom   Ha'atzmaut

Joint Statement from the Columbus   Orthodox Rabbis Regarding Pesach Plans

Dear Members and Friends,

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus continues to pose a very serious threat around the world. In order to protect the health and safety of our community we feel obligated to affirm the following policies for the upcoming Pesach holiday:

1) Family and friends should not visit for Pesach. This includes parents and/or married children.

2) Individuals and families should not travel to other cities for Yom Tov as it would endanger members of our community upon return.

3) Local guests should not be invited for a Seder or any Yom Tov meal.

Any specific question must be discussed with your physician and rabbi. Anyone who ignores or is lenient regarding the above rules is guilty of putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger.

We recognize the difficulty that these restrictions entail, but by abiding by them we are fulfilling the tremendous mitzva of ensuring our physical well-being and that of others (v’chai bahem and lo ta’amod al dam rei’echa).

May we all merit a happy, healthy and kosher Pesach!

Respectfully,

Rabbi David Claman, Congregation Ahavas Sholom

Rabbi Avi Goldstein, Beth Jacob Congregation

Rabbi Howard Zack, Congregation Torah Emet

Resources and links during the Covid  19 Pandemic

Here are a number of helpful resources and links for your use:

Davening Times Please be mindful of the proper zmanim for davening. As mentioned on the Zoom session, the ideal time for Shacharis Shemona Esrei is sunrise (netz). To find the earliest and latest times for each day please visit: https://www.myzmanim.com/search.aspx?q=43209

Daily Tehillim

Please join the Orthodox Union community for the recitation of Tehillim (chapters 20, 26 and 130) and divrei chizuk each afternoon at 1:00PM. The call-in number is 773-377-9170.

Online Platforms for Learning and Classes

https://www.torahanytime.com/

https://outorah.org/

https://www.yutorah.org/

https://www.alephbeta.org/

https://torahlive.com/ (Netflix of Torah Learning)

Chesed    If you or anyone you know is in need of help getting groceries, medicine etc. please be in touch at rabbiclaman@gmail.com

There is a Baby Gear Gemach operated by Josh & Jen Lorch, which supplies items that may be difficult to find at stores, such as diapers and wipes. Please in touch with Josh at jmlorch@gmail.com or 818 456 7342 for more information.

Rabbi Claman will have live classes and updates using Zoom live stream video. Look for future announcements.  The Sunday night Zoom class was very successful.  Shul meetings will also be by Zoom

A Message from JewishColumbus

We are here for you and if you know someone in need, please contact Joel Marcovitch, CEO JewishColumbus at joel@jewishcolumbus.org or Karen Mozenter, CEO Jewish Family Services at kmozenter@jfscolumbus.org.

A Message from Shalom Task Force   We know that this stressful time can lead to an increased tension and violence within relationships and families. Shalom Task Force remains available to provide support, a listening ear, help with safety planning and a place to be heard. Our advocates have recently trained to help those who may be quarantined with their abusers.                     As always, Shalom Task Force is here to support you.

                                Remember, You are not alone.

If you or a loved one is in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, please call our confidential hotline at (888) 883-2323

Monday/Wednesday- 9am-8pm

Tuesday/Thursday- 9am-10pm

Friday/Sunday- 9am-12pm

When our hotline is closed, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at     1-800-799-7233

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: We should make lists of people to call and check in on--from within our friend groups and beyond. Every step taken away from another person in terms of physical presence must be replaced by a step toward in terms of emotional support and connection that can happen via phone, internet, or other means. Unfortunately, there are individuals and families in our community who are under emotional and financial stress due to the current pandemic. Please consider giving tzedaka HERE to assist those in need.

 Best wishes,        Rabbi David Claman

 

 

Ahavas Sholom is now affiliated with the Life and Legacy  program to promote endowments for our  shul  and the Jewish community .

Ahavas Sholom is excited to be chosen as an affiliate of the Life & Legacy Program with the objective of increasing endowments to help ensure our Jewish future. This program is sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and JewishColumbus.

Please click here for our Life and Legacy page 

Please email ahavassholom@gmail.com or contact Rabbi Claman or Phil Weinerman for more information or to join our team

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Mon, June 1 2020 9 Sivan 5780