Dear Chabad Member:

The last two months have been very challenging for our community – and every community around the world. I cannot thank you enough for your patience, understanding, and most of all, your support as we were forced to close our doors amid these crazy times.

We know you understand that our closure was in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, and that is why we know you will continue that patience and understanding as we reopen under the following very strict guidelines. Yes, this is strange and different. We all hope and pray that this is very temporary and with G‑d’s help, we see an end to this pandemic, and indeed all disease is eradicated imminently with the coming of Moshiach.

It is important to stress that the Jewish standards of even a doubtful danger to life are far stricter than any other area of Jewish law. Although Merrimack Valley has now opened; governmental regulations must include a number of other economic factors that don’t change Jewish law, nor were they designed to address the realities of a close knit Jewish community. An abrupt return to all of this, while tempting, risks our communities suffering reversals of whatever gains were achieved during the difficult months of quarantine endured.

I have been part of a task-force of Halachic experts, local Rabbis and a wide variety of medical professionals. After much thought and deliberation, we are preparing to gradually and carefully open our Chabad Center.

We will be began with an OUTDOOR Shavuos Services.

In order to join us for the Services, and ensure the safety of all who attend we are going to be implementing the following guidelines:

  • Services will be held outside on the East Side of the building.
  • We ask you to please register for the Services you plan to attend, so we can plan accordingly, and ensure enough seats are set up safely outside.
  • No children under 13 may attend.
  • Any healthy adults over 65, or if you have any underlying health issues that put you at greater risk (obesity, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, immunocompromised, respiratory issues etc.), you MUST get clearance from your Doctor and Rabbi before attending.
  • Only members of the community can attend. No out of-state visitors may join.
  • DO NOT ATTEND if you feel remotely unwell (that includes but is not limited to: anyone with a cough, shortness of breath, a 99.6 degree fever or higher, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell excessive coughing or sniffling), or if you have been exposed to someone who is a possible Covid carrier.
  • The chairs will be placed 8 feet apart. Please do not move them.
  • There should be no lingering in the parking lot before or after davening.
  • If you can bring your own Siddur, please do so. There will not be any Shul Kippot, Talis, etc available.
  • Upon arriving at Chabad, everyone must sanitize their hands with the sanitizer we will have available outside. All Social distancing requirements such as no handshakes and avoiding physical contact must be maintained.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • There will be no kissing of the Torah/mezuzot for the foreseeable future.
  • The Torah reading and Aliyot will take place with the required social distancing.

I hope it is understood that we can only keep our Shul open if everyone abides by these guidelines. We ask that you are mindful of this regardless of your opinion on the matter out of an abundance of love and respect for each other.

Please understand that you are NOT OBLIGATED to attend shul services, and in order to attent you must waive any liability whatsoever to Chabad if - G‑d forbid - you contract Coronavirus by attending.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these unique times. Remember, that even while our Shuls are closed and we are praying alone, G‑d is still very present in our homes. We are confident that He hears our prayers, and will grant complete healing to all who need.

With blessings for health and only good news,

Rabbi Asher & Feigy Bronstein

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, I am available at 978-470-2288.