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Eruv is Pending for Shabbat April 16-17

This is Island Synagogue

A Modern Orthodox congregation that welcomes Jews of all backgrounds
and levels of observance

 

UPDATED Covid Policy for island Synagogue

Dear Friends and Congregants, 

The COVID-19 pandemic (including some new virus variants) continues to challenge the Jewish and broader community. Thank G-d, we are beginning to see some promising light at the end of the tunnel with the availability of multiple vaccines and improved treatments. It is critical that all our congregants continue their efforts to practice social distancing, wear masks, limit travel, and maintain proper hand hygiene in accordance with Public Health guidelines. Island Synagogue continues to diligently follow public health protocols in consultation with medical advisors and remains confident in the safety precautions that are in place provided our shul members adhere to them. 

We strongly encourage you to visit the King County Public Health COVID Website to obtain information regarding the availability of COVID-19 Vaccines.  Vaccines are saving lives and are becoming more readily available. 

In light of many synagogue members getting vaccinated, we have updated our "Healthy Community Campaign Guidelines" as newly informed by revised CDC guidelines and our medical advisors for the following folks:

  • People who have been fully immunized with a COVID-19 vaccine and at least 2 weeks have passed since their final dose, and
  • People who have had symptomatic COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months, and have recovered, and remain without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath, fever, etc.)

 The update is that these 2 groups of people no longer need to stay home or quarantine:

  • if they have been exposed to someone with symptomatic COVID-19; or
  • if they are in a high-risk group; or
  • if they have traveled out-of-state; or
  • if they have socialized indoors outside of their immediate family with not fully-immunized people. 

As we approach Pesach, the question of group seders is on the minds of many.  The new CDC guidelines issued on 3/8/2021 suggest that fully vaccinated people can:

  • visit other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing, or
  • visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or physical distancing, if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe disease. 

Additional updates are expected, as the science of COVID-19 is complex and our understanding of the virus continues to evolve.  

Evidence suggests that the majority of COVID spread in the Seattle Orthodox community results from travel and socializing, not from our Jewish schools and shuls where safeguards are in place. Nonetheless, our ability to continue in-person activities depends on each member of the community doing their part to halt the spread. At the community and individual levels, we need to continue to make pikuach nefesh a sustainable priority and strictly observe public health guidelines. We must protect the health of those who are at high risk of serious complications. G-d Willing, by our shared efforts and a hopeful vaccination success, we should merit the safeguarding of our community's well-being. 

Thank you, 

Jon Newman

Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld

 

 

HEALTHY COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN GUIDELINES

  • PLEASE HELP PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS:
    • WEAR A MASK WHILE YOU ARE ON THE PREMISES OR IN PUBLIC AREAS
    • PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING BY MAINTAINING A MINIMUM OF 6 FEET SEPARATION FROM EVERYONE ELSE (except members of the same household)
    • USE HAND SANITIZER OR WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY
    • TAKE THE COVID-19 VACCINE (UNLESS YOUR PHYSICIAN ADVISES OTHERWISE)
  • PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE COLD, FLU, FEVER, OR COUGH SYMPTOMS
  • PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IN THE PAST 10 DAYS
  • PLEASE STAY HOME (EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO SYMPTOMS) IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FULLY VACCINATED AND:
    • YOU HAVE A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR YOU HAVE HAD EXPOSURE TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS IN THE PAST 14 DAYS, or
    • YOU ARE IN A HIGH-RISK GROUP (65 years or older OR have chronic medical conditions) UNLESS BOTH YOUR DOCTOR & RABBI APPROVES, or
    • YOU HAVE TRAVELED OUT-OF-STATE IN THE PAST 14 DAYS, or
    • YOU HAVE SOCIALIZED INDOORS WITH NOT FULLY IMMUNIZED PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY IN THE PAST 14 DAYS
    • IF YOU NEED TO USE THE ISLAND SYNAGOGUE BATHROOM, IT SHOULD BE USED ONE PERSON AT A TIME.

MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, CLEAN HANDS, & VACCINESSAVE LIVES.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

Daily Indoor Services

Services:

Shacharit will tentatively be Sundays @ 8am,  Mondays through Thursdays 7am. Please call or Text Rabbi Kornfeld @ 206-679-9117 to confirm your participation and to confirm it will be happening. 

- Please let us know you are coming to in-person services (daily or Shabbat) by clicking HERE. Please review and confirm our important health policies.

 

Rabbi Kornfeld's 3 classes will return Tuesday April 6th,2021

Click  HERE  for Wednesday Zoom class

Click HERE for Thursday Talmud class

Click HERE for Island Synagogue Facebook Class

 

RCS LESSON 6 - April 14th @ 7:30pm

Code To Joy: The World’s Happiest Kept Secret

IT'S A QUESTION that has launched a thousand self-help seminars, a riddle that has perplexed multitudes, a mystery that enthralled the ancients: What is the secret of happiness? Jewish thought has long emphasized the importance of living with joy. But how? And can you really choose to be happy?

This extraordinary course goes beneath the surface to find answers. Synthesizing timeless Jewish wisdom and the latest findings from the field of positive psychology, we look at how wealth, meaning, trust, optimism, regret, faith, introspection, mindfulness, relationships, and ritual all interrelate with our outlook on life. Packed with spiritual insights you can apply to real life, you’ll love every minute of discover-ing the Code to Joy.

We invite you to crack the code and find the key to J-O-Y in every lesson.

Please email me at devorahkornfeld@hotmail.com to register and for the zoom link. 

Best, 

Devorah Kornfeld

2021 Live Interactive Jerusalem tour series

You are invited to reconnect to Jerusalem with live, interactive Zoom tours presented by StandWithUs

Meet your tour guide Yoni and see a video preview here.

Tickets are free for Island Synagogue members; $10 per family for non-members.

April 18, 9:00am (Morning) - NachlaotWalk through the colorful alleyways of the sixth neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City. Comprised of 32 different and smaller neighborhoods, Nachlaot was founded by Jewish immigrants from around the world who endowed each neighborhood with their own identity. We will discover the incredible characters and the diverse cultures that have made Nachlaot into a haven for haredim and hipsters alike.   
We are grateful to Barry and Erica Kaplan for sponsoring this tour in memory of their parents,  Lillian and Stanley Kaplan and Esther and Michael Green.

Click HERE to Register NOW!

VISIT US

Our hospitality committee is dedicated to creating a welcoming atmosphere for observant Jews visiting Island Synagogue.

If you are visiting Western Washington, or would like simply to visit Island Synagogue for Shabbat or a holiday, please contact us at Hospitality@islandsynagogue.org and we will do our best to accommodate your needs and introduce you to our warm community.

Mon, April 12 2021 30 Nisan 5781