published: 10/01/2020 4:32 PM

updated: 10/01/2020 4:33 PM

Dear Mispalelim,

At each turn of the Covid-19 rollercoaster it has been our goal as a shul to do the best we can to protect the Ohel Moshe family.  When the pandemic first hit we closed the shul entirely.  When the numbers became manageable, we slowly opened back up again. First outside, then adding small inside minyanim, and finally, through great effort, culminating in hosting over 200 people for the Yomim Noraim.  

Throughout, we have felt a sense of pride at the conscientious way you have all gone about adhering to the guidelines we have set forth, specifically with distancing and mask wearing.  

The recent surge in positive Covid cases within the Baltimore community has once again presented us with a challenging situation.  Due to the way the Ohel Moshe Family has responded we do not feel it necessary to close our doors completely or even scale back to outside minyanim only.  However, at the same time, we must do what we can to prevent the spread from reaching our kehila. 

With that in mind we are asking that only those who regularly daven with us continue to do so.  We kindly ask non-members and out-of-town guests to please daven elsewhere.  This is in effect for all miyanim.

This is our only method, short of closing our sanctuary altogether, to prevent further spread of this disease.

This is in addition to our previously stated policy of:
Anyone exhibiting possible Covid symptoms (including but not limited to cough, fever, headache, chest pain, shortness of breath) requires negative PCR testing before attending any shul function.  This includes attending @Tent minyanim.  A negative rapid test without a negative PCR test is not sufficient. 

Individuals who are supposed to be quarantining due to a possible or known exposure should refrain from attending all shul events. Those individuals must complete the 14-day period, even if they produce a negative PCR test, before returning to shul. 

Details regarding Hoshana Rabbah & Simchas Torah will follow shortly.
We thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you with open arms very soon.
With great pain and fervent hope,
Rabbi Zvi Teichman and the Board of Trustees