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Important Update on COVID-19 Response for the Entire Oheb Shalom Community

03/13/2020 02:29:05 PM


Kevin Katz, President

Dear Oheb Community:

Earlier today the Executive Committee decided, out of an abundance of caution and a desire to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, to close the building for the next fourteen days.

Effective today at 5:00 PM, Oheb Shalom will be closed until March 28, 2020. During the next two weeks, the officers and senior staff will reassess circumstances and determine our plan for April. 

Religious Services/Morning Minyan/Katan/Gadol
There will be no Friday evening or Shabbat morning services, or Morning Minyan, through Saturday, March 28, 2020. We are currently making plans for an online Shabbat service that can bring our members together for worship.

Mickey Fried Preschool
The Preschool will be suspended through March 27, 2020.  Sloane Goldstein will send a separate message to the pre-school community shortly. Should you have any questions, reach out to Sloane at
Zeman Religious School
The Zeman Religious School will be suspended through March 25, 2020.  Gavin Hirsch will communicate with Zeman families by Sunday. Should you have any questions for Gavin, he can be reached at

Pastoral Support
While the building may be closed, Rabbi Cooper and Cantor Lippitz are still here for you. In-person meetings are not a good idea now, but phone conversations or video conferences can be arranged. Our clergy are eager to be helpful and supportive to every member of the Oheb Shalom family.

Rabbi Cooper can be reached at or 973-464-3999
Cantor Lippitz can be reached at or 973-951-3191

The overwhelming message from healthcare agencies and professionals right now is clear: they need our help to slow the spread of the disease before resources are overwhelmed. Social distancing from each other will help medical teams to do their job and will potentially saving lives in our area.

Stay safe, stay home as much as you are able, and please wash your hands.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Mark Cooper, Oheb Shalom
Kevin Katz, Oheb Shalom President
Linda Griffler, Executive Director 

Tue, December 1 2020 15 Kislev 5781