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Covid Update - November 27

Cororna Virus Health Scienece Update Session III Dr. Gil Kimel and Dr. Debbie Rosenbaum

Cororna Virus Health Scienece Update Session II Dr. Gil Kimel and Dr. Debbie Rosenbaum

Dr. Susan Siklos, Managing Anxiety Durint the Outbreak for kids and
some advice for their parents



Resources for Parents of Anxious Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Created by Dr. S. Siklos, R. Psych (March 25, 2020)

Resources for Talking to Children about COVID:

General Anxiety Resources:

• Provides phone coaching for parents to support their anxious child

• Private Practices – Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Counselors:

  • BC Psychological Association Referral Service

  • Cornerstone Clinic (Vancouver)

  • Compass Clinic (East Vancouver)

  • LEAP Clinic (Vancouver)

  • North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic (North Vancouver)

  • Able Clinic (West Vancouver and Surrey)

  • Southpoint Developmental Clinic (South Surrey)

COVID-19 Information Session with Dr. Gil Kimel and Dr. Debbie Rosenbaum



We are writing to advise you of further changes as a result of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.


If you are unable to come tonight, please contact Rabbi Federgrun to arrange a time to pick up your tallit and/or tefillin, and other belongings.

Until further notice, the following changes will be in effect:

  • NO Daily or Shabbat Services. Members are encouraged to pray Shacharit, Mincha and Maariv at regular service times. (Please click here for schedule.)
  • Mikvah will be OPEN TO WOMEN ONLY, by appointment. (Further information will be be forthcoming re: toveling dishes.)
  • Shul Administration will be operating remotely, i.e. the office itself will be closed. Calls to the shul office at (604) 736-7607 and emails will be answered as as per usual during normal business hours, 9:00AM-4:30PM.

In lieu of daily Minyan and Kaddish:

In accordance with Halachah, which recognizes Torah study as a substitute in exigent circumstances for saying Kaddish as part of Yahrzeit and year-of-mourning practice, Rabbi Rosenblatt and Rabbi Federgrun will lead daily ZOOM video conferencing Torah and Tehillim sessions, at 8:00am and 7:30pm.

In this time of doubt and crisis, all members of the community are invited to join the ZOOM sessions and come together remotely as a community to increase our prayers and Torah study. Torah study will be followed immediately by special Tehillim (Psalms) and prayers for a resolution of the COVID-19 crisis, and for the health of those affected.

Click here for ZOOM link and full schedule of sessions.

Important reminders:

  • Vigilance around social distancing (I.e. keeping a distance of two meters from each other) and personal hygiene (I.e. regularly washing or sanitizing your hands) are the two most important things you can do to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
  • The BC Ministry of Health advises that anyone who chooses to travel outside Canada must self-isolate for 14 days when arriving back in B.C. Please note: Rabbi Rosenblatt, is observing a precautionary travel-related quarantine until Monday, March 23, despite having returned from the United States before the quarantine advisory went into effect.
  • If you know of ANYONE in our community, particularly seniors and/or shut-ins who may need special assistance, please call the shul office at: (604) 736-7607.

These decisions were made in the best interest of our shul and wider community to ensure we do our utmost to keep everyone safe. As mentioned in previous communications, we appreciate these policies are a major deviation from the norm and we look forward to returning to standard operating procedures, as soon as we are able.

Thank you, again, to the members the Executive, Rabbi Rosenblatt, Rabbi Federgrun, our newly formed Ad Hoc Medical Response Committee, Dr. Gil Kimel, Dr. Jonathon Leipsic and Dr. Jeffrey Silver, as well as the BC Ministry of Health for helping guide our decisions and protocols during this critical period.

For further up-to-date information on Covid-19 in B.C, please see the attached link:

For those of you having trouble finding hand sanitizer, here is a great DIY video on making your own:

We will continue to reassess best practices on a daily basis and keep you abreast of developments with regular communications.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt and Howard Kallner, President


Please see below our updates for the coming week, March 13th:


  • Childminding and youth programs are suspended until further notice. This includes tomorrow’s Shabbat.
  • Rabbi Rosenblatt and Rabbi Federgrun’s regularly scheduled classes will be moved to a virtual setting available through conference calling and/or online. More details will be available next week regarding login.
  • All other classes will be cancelled (Rabbi Pacht, Rabbi Estrin and Ayala Wilchfort).
  • Respect the British Columbia Health Minister’s recommendation against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States.
  • Anyone choosing to travel is required to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

Shabbat services and daily davening will continue as usual in the Main Sanctuary. As a reminder, entry for all services except Shabbat morning is through the Chapel door. Shabbat morning entry is through the Wosk Auditorium. The mikvah is still operational.

If you know someone feeling isolated or otherwise in need of assistance, such as a grocery or pharmacy errand, please email or call the office at 604-736-7607.

The Vancouver Hebrew Free Loans Association is providing $2000 emergency loans to support individuals with financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Please see below for more information.

For all of our most recent updates, including other cancellations regarding COVID-19, please click here.


Thank you for your understanding,


Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt

Howard Kallner, President


We are writing to update you on new protocols at Schara Tzedeck, as the result of COVID-19. 

Thank you to the members of our newly formed Ad Hoc Medical Response Committee, Dr. Gil Kimel, Dr. Jonathon Leipsic and Dr. Jeffrey Silver for helping guide these protocols to ensure the health and welfare of members of our shul and wider community.  

The Committee met last night, and in consultation with Rabbi Rosenblatt and shul leadership, unanimously proposed the following measures:



  • Stay home if you have a cough, fever, or feeling generally unwell. In addition, please do not come to shul if you have been to the following countries within the past two weeks: China, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, South Korea or Thailand. We will be vigilant about monitoring entry at the door and do not want to have to turn you away.  

  • Sanitize your hands upon entry to the shul at all times. Our Shabbat door greeters will have hand sanitizer for your convenience. Please use it liberally. 

  • No Handshaking

  • All Services will be held in the main sanctuary in order to facilitate best practices for maintaining “social distancing”, i.e more space between each other.

  • Food Services, including Kiddush, Seudah Shlishit, Sunday Breakfast and all other food services will be suspended until further notice.

  • BYOT (Bring your own Tallit) We will not have Shul talitot available for use at this time.   

  • BYOS (Bring Your Own Siddur) To minimize transmission of germs, if you have your own siddur, please bring it.  If you don’t have one to bring, we will assign you a siddur to use daily/weekly.

We appreciate these policies are a major deviation from our traditional Shabbat and daily experiences, and look forward to returning to standard operating procedures as soon as we are able. In the meantime, we believe these inconveniences will help protect members of our shul and wider community.


We will be continually reassessing best practices and will inform you as things develop.


For further up to date information on Covid-19 in B.C, please see the attached link:


For those of you having trouble finding hand sanitizer, here is a great DIY video on making your own:


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt and Howard Kallner, President


We are looking forward to seeing you tonight and tomorrow at our Purim celebrations. 

Services, Megillah readings, the carnival, and seudah will run as scheduled.  (See full schedule below.)

We have been vigilantly monitoring directives re: COVID-19 from Vancouver Coastal Health and the BC Ministry of Health and are assured at this time that the risk of coronavirus disease transmission continues to remain low for residents of British Columbia at this time. 

Thank you for please doing your part to ensure we keep it that way for everyone at Schara Tzedeck and our wider community.  

A quick reminder of hygiene guidelines: 

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.

  • No handshaking. Substitute with an elbow bump, toe tap, courtly bow or other creative greeting.

  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.

  • Refrain from touching surfaces in the shul, e.g. light switches. elevator buttons, door handles, etc. with a bare hand.

  • Make sure to wash your hands when you return home from shul.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND Purim celebrations this year:

  • IF you are immune-compromised or otherwise high risk.

  • IF you have come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • IF you have ANY symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable illness, including fever, sneezing, coughing, or difficulty breathing. 

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND SERVICES, you CAN still fulfill the mitzvah to hear megillah twice on Purim by listening/watching it live online or by phone. (This is a special leniency allowed for those who are advised not to attend Purim services this year and should not be understood as common practice.)

Live ONLINE broadcasts can be accessed as follows: 

  • Tonight, Monday March 8th, at 7:45pm, Click Here

  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 9th at 9:00am, Click Here 

Live PHONE access:

  • Tonight, Monday March 8th, at 7:45pm, call: +1 647 558 0588.  Meeting ID: 501 726 441

  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 9th at 8:00am, call:  +1 647 558 0588. Meeting ID: 391 565 898

Click here for more information provided by Vancouver Coastal Health. 


Chag Purim Sameach,


Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt

Howard Kallner, President



The Rabbis and community leaders participated in a conference call with Dr. Patty Daly who is the Vice President, Public Health and Chief Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health. She provided us with information to help combat the onset of COVID-19.  Here are several pieces of information from Dr. Daly:

  1. There are no cases of community spread in BC.
  2. BC has already tested more people than the entire United States.
  3. The reason for the rapid spread of the virus is because most people experience very mild symptoms and do not become very sick at all.  For reference, people generally became much sicker with the SARS virus. 
  4. The virus is NOT airborne.  It is spread through droplets breathed out directly onto soft tissue such as eyes, nose or mouth.  More commonly, the droplets land on a surface and are picked up from that surface and then individuals self-transfer to one of their soft membranous areas (eyes, nose, mouth etc.). 
  5. The virus seems to be most threatening to an older population.  The average age for fatal cases in China was above 70. 
  6. There is little evidence that closing schools or public events will help to prevent the spread of the virus. 

She also stressed that the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus are:

  1. Frequent hand washing with soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizer (min 60% alcohol).
  2. People experiencing newly onset symptoms of respiratory illness should stay home and avoid public spaces and avoid contact with family members.
  3. Swimming pools, the Mikveh and other chlorinated bodies of water are completely safe as the virus cannot survive the chlorinated water. 

Synagogue specific policies 

We are introducing several proactive policies to protect the congregation:

  1. You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entrance to the synagogue. 
  2. Please do not kiss the Mezuzah or the Torah with direct contact. —This is a policy that was first introduced by the great sage Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin and is particularly wise at this time so that we do not all deposit our germs in the same place to be spread to the entire congregation. 
  3. We recommend, that people attempt to eliminate handshakes from their social interactions. Not because we love each other less, but because we care for each other’s health more.

Click Here for the statement from the Vancouver Coastal Health from March 2nd, which contains more details about COVID-19. 


May Hashem continue to watch over His people and bring health to all of His Creations.

Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt


Wed, 22 September 2021 16 Tishrei 5782