Safer at Home: A Message from the TOS Clergy and Presidents

Dear TOS Community,

We want to update you on our thoughts and plans in light of Governor Baker’s announcement yesterday which loosened some restrictions on gatherings including at houses of worship.

We, along with leaders of congregations across the Commonwealth, do not believe that it is safe or advisable to resume in person services at this time. In keeping with the central Jewish value of pikuach nefesh – preserving human life – we will continue to stay “safer at home” to safeguard the health and safety of our community and our staff. Going forward, we will continue to monitor developments and be guided by the advice of the scientific and medical communities as we move toward being able to be together in person once again.

We have in place a dedicated task force made up of congregants and staff working together to monitor and assess the situation as we continue to navigate this pandemic and consider the many complexities of eventual re-opening. We will keep you updated as time goes on and more information is gathered and, we pray, more steps are taken towards mitigation, treatment, and prevention of COVID-19.

We are so looking forward to the day when we can sing, pray, learn, schmooze, and eat together. For now, all of our programs including religious services will continue to be online, and we are always here for you to help you weather this incredibly challenging time. If you have questions or concerns related to re-opening, please direct them to ReopeningTOS@ohabei.org.

With blessings for health and safety for you and your loved ones. May we go from strength to strength.

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman
Rabbi Daniel Schaefer
Benjamin Berkowitz Co-President
Annie Rotner Co-President