Last updated March 28, 2020
Dear United Hebrew Family,
Wow, how quickly life has changed. Things that were important to us a couple of weeks ago, are suddenly secondary to changing our lives so we can protect our own lives and those of our loved ones. When we take stock of what is important, we all have much for which to be thankful.
Regardless of what may be yet to come, please be assured that UH is here for you, our congregants. Pirkei Avot 2:4 teaches, “ Do not separate yourself from the community,” which means that during this unprecedented time, we are working in new and different ways to provide service and support to our members, so that we continue to remain connected as a holy community.
Starting Thursday, March 19, our staff began working from home and our building is closed. We have also received word from BJC and other facilities in the area, that clergy visits are suspended at this time, to keep people safe. This means that much of our “programming,” including education, worship, and many meetings, will go online. This will remain in effect until April 22. We ask for your patience as things are changing rapidly, and we may have to make different decisions in the days to come.
We look forward to the day when we will all be back, together, in person, at UH and life will be “normal” again. Until then, please know that we are here for you and take care of yourselves.
Programs and Classes
All on-site programs and classes have been canceled. We will re-evaluate periodically. Check this web page for updates.
Click here for a schedule of virtual offerings
Saul Spielberg Early Childhood Center: CLOSED beginning Wednesday, March 18 until Wednesday, April 22 at which time we will reevaluate. In the meantime, Lauren Lourie and the ECC teachers will maintain the education of our students through Google hangouts and other virtual gathering opportunities.
Millstone Religious School & Grollman Hebrew School: Laura Rosenberg, H. Lee Rosenberg, Religious and Hebrew teachers are moving to e-learning through April 19 with our students through Google hangouts and other virtual opportunities.
Shabbat Nosh: We have canceled the Nosh and will reevaluate for Shabbat on April 24.
Shabbat Evening & Morning Services: We are moving to Live-stream ONLY — the sanctuary will be closed and we will reevaluate for the Shabbat on April 24
Torah Study: We will hold Torah Study through Zoom meetings.
Tot Shabbat: (4/4): Facebook Live on the Saul Spielberg Early Childhood Center Facebook page.
Temple Tots: Canceled through April 21
Adult Education: We will utilize virtual learning for most classes. All students in classes that are currently in session have been contacted with how their class will meet.
B’nai Mitzvah Sessions: Cantor Eichaker will continue with these sessions and has been in touch with families, directly, to discuss plans.
Passover: We are working to provide you with a virtual seder and additional resources for you to do at home. Visit our Passover page for additional information including how to order meals for your seder.
Annual Event, Peace, Love, Rock & Roll: This event is rescheduled for Sunday, August 30
Gift Shop: Unfortunately, the gift shop will be closed until further notice.
Youth Group: In-person events are canceled. Online hangouts for middle and high schoolers are collected at https://www.stljewishteens.org/
For your own safety as well as that of our community, we ask you to do the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. *If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Notify us if you or a member of your family is quarantined, whether by choice or because of exposure, so that we may offer support.
Let us be mindful that as fear grows, those who will be most affected -not by the virus but by our self-isolation — are the poor, the oppressed and those who are living alone, especially our older friends and family. If this virus situation worsens, we need to think more deeply and act more acutely to care for these individuals among our families and our community as well.
With the fear of a pandemic upon us, let us be mindful of the teaching of Hillel in the Mishnah, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am for myself alone, what am I?” and let us act to protect ourselves and to care for others. Let us continue to come together as a sacred family, for prayer, for learning, and for celebration, that we may serve God and strengthen the Jewish People, including caring to the extent that we can for all who are in need.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in contact with Daryl Rothman, our Executive Director.
If you would like to volunteer with Jewish Family Services to help members of the community get needed groceries or medicine, please contact Jeremy Goldberg, JFS’ Volunteer Coordinator directly at 314-513-1679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Family Services provides financial assistance and interest-free loans to help individuals and families cope with short-term crisis situations through interest-free loans. Call Patricia Harris at JFS at 314-513-1678 for information.
If you are 65 years of age or older and would like to reach out directly to Jewish Family Services for support you can contact Lori Zimmerman with ElderLink St. Louis at email@example.com or 314-812-9300.
Resources from the St. Louis County Public Health Department