An update from Temple Adath Israel leadership
We are so happy that many of you have been able to connect with the Temple family virtually or by phone through this period of physical separation, though we miss worshipping with you in person and spending time together in our building.
As you may have heard, houses of worship are being allowed to reopen in Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear has issued guidance that you will find here
; it recommends that we continue to provide virtual worship opportunities and meet in person only under the conditions described.
After consultation with medical professionals in the TAI community, the Temple board, and Rabbi Wirtschafter’s colleagues on Mayor Linda Gorton’s Faith Based Subcommittee of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Response Committee — we have determined that TAI will remain closed until at least mid-June. During the coming weeks, we will be preparing to put the governor’s safety recommendations into practice to ensure that all possible precautions have been taken before any of you return to the building. We will update you in June as our plans progress.**Due to a recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Lexington and throughout the nation, we have decided to postpone a possible “soft reopening” of socially distanced services until August at the earliest. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and consult with our medical advisors about when we might be able to safely reopen for Friday evening worship.**
When the building does reopen, services and other gatherings will be very different from what we have known. Based on the governor’s guidance, we will be wearing masks, keeping a social distance (no sitting, singing or eating together), and congregating only in small groups. It might be many months before life at TAI returns to normal.
Now that we have gotten the disappointing news out of the way, let’s take a moment to celebrate how much we have to be thankful for in our TAI community. Though we are going through a period of isolation in our homes, it is wonderful that we have each other on the other end of the phone, Zoom meetings, or livestreams. On Shabbat we can light our candles separately, knowing that we are still together, bound by our traditions, our love for each other, and our faith.
As our time of physical separation continues, we will be adding opportunities for virtual connection. Please keep in touch with your thoughts and wishes; we are lucky to have so many talented and generous congregants who have stepped up to lead us in virtual programming! Finally, if you have not yet ventured out into the world of Zoom, please give it a try — we are here to help.
Deborah Nelson, Outgoing President
Pat Shraberg, Incoming President
Rabbi David Wirtschafter