August 25, 2021
17 Elul 5781

Dear Friends,As you are aware, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is raging through our community and around the country. Our hospitals are full, and it appears no one is immune.

It is difficult for all of us, after a brief respite, to face masking and other COVID precautions in public areas again. Nevertheless, in light of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, and in consultation with our COVID-19 Committee, we feel it is appropriate and necessary to reinstate the requirement of masking and social distancing for the upcoming High Holiday season. Sanitizing stations will be strategically placed throughout the building as well.

We strongly discourage the use of cloth masks as they have proven to be of negligible value. The Shul will provide surgical masks at all of our services.

In addition, we strongly encourage everyone who has not been vaccinated
to please vaccinate. An overwhelming majority of rabbinic authorities and medical professionals have enthusiastically endorsed the COVID vaccine, which is critical to gaining control of this terrible pandemic. 

My dear fellow congregants, we may have very strong differing opinions on masks, vaccines and a host of other issues. Notwithstanding the above, our High Holidays are a time to come together with love and unity to ask the Almighty for a sweet and healthy new year for our entire community. Let's make this High Holiday season the most meaningful and inspiring one yet. 

I look forward to welcoming you to a safe and uplifting High Holiday
experience this year. Please visit our website at chabadsa.com/hhsched for a complete High Holiday schedule.

On behalf of our COVID Committee, Rabbis, Rebbitzens and staff at the Chabad Center, I sincerely wish you a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.

L’Shana Tova,

Rabbi Chaim Block
Executive Director