Message from the President
Cape Cod Synagogue and COVID-19
The Cape Cod Synagogue’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic Public Health Emergency in Massachusetts is guided by the Jewish principle of Pikuach Nefesh (“to save a life”) and the public health principle of social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The synagogue will follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts COVID-19 Guidance and Directives (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-guidance-and-directives) including Governor Baker’s most recent order, today, March 23, to assure physical separation to slow the spread of illness and to save lives.
The Cape Cod Synagogue building has been closed and our worship, education and social programs have been moved to online formats during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The synagogue is using innovative technologies to preserve and increase social connections while maintaining the physical separation so essential to prevent illness, save lives and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Online programs include online live streaming of Friday Shabbat Evening Services on the synagogue website and social media, Thursday Torah Study via an online interactive Zoom video and Sunday Religious School via online interactive Zoom video.
Specific information about each of the synagogue’s online programs will be updated each week during the COVID-19 public health emergency and distributed via the weekly Chai Tides email, and on our website
This week our Cape Cod Synagogue trustees will be calling our members to make sure they are safe and learn if members need assistance with necessary items such as food, medicines and other essential items during the coronavirus public health emergency.
As Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ President said on a Zoom video conference call to 1500 leaders of north American synagogues, “. . . COVID-19 is infectious and fear is contagious, but so also . . . love is contagious, kindness is contagious.”
Please call fellow Cape Cod Synagogue members to assure that physical distancing will not lead to social isolation. Please ask if our members are safe and whether they need help obtaining food, medicine, or other essentials during this emergency. Please call the Cape Cod Synagogue office (508-775-2988) to let us know about members who need help so we may work together to find ways to help our members during this public health emergency.