Messages from BHC Exec

BOURNEMOUTH HEBREW CONGREGATION

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 24th March 2020

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation “Seder in a Box

Following the cancellation of our communal Seder we have been working hard to source an alternative,

I am very pleased to announce that we have managed to source “SEDER in a Box” meals for our congregation as follows:

 Seder-in-a-Box Menu

  • Elements for the Seder plate including Haroset, shank bone etc
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Egg Mayonnaise, Cucumber Salad
  • Roasted Chicken, with Roast Potatoes and Root Vegetables
  • Pear and Chocolate Crumble
  • Box of Matzah and Small Bottle of Grape Juice

Prices

  • Box for one  £35
  • Box for two  £58
  • Box for four  £110
  • Vegetarian Meal – £1 cheaper

Disposables will be provided

We will arrange collection times, or deliver to those who are confined to home.

All meat is Glatt Kosher, and under the supervision of the London Beth Din.

Please email your orders as soon as possible to the office: admin@bhcshul.co.uk by Thursday 26th March

We really are doing our very best.

Be well.

Josie Lipsith – President

BOURNEMOUTH HEBREW CONGREGATION

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 22nd March 2020

Dear Members,

Tomorrow (Monday) afternoon Rabbi Jesner will be addressing members of the Congregation online, and this is your invitation to take part.  Stephen H White has been instrumental in setting this up for us and has compiled these instructions.

It’s really easy, using a programme called Zoom. Here is how you do it.

You need to have a desktop or laptop computer or a tablet or an iPad or a smart phone, and you need to be connected to your WiFi.

The broadcast will start at 2.30pm on Monday afternoon, but you can join it anytime from 2.15 pm. Just click on this link:

https://scotwork.zoom.us/j/2507854726

and your computer or phone will do the rest. Click on Join the Meeting, then click on Join with Video then click on Call using Internet Audio. You may also be asked if Zoom can access your camera and microphone if your computer has one (Yes). You don’t have to download any software or an app. You will be able to see and hear Rabbi Jesner (make sure your volume is turned up), but you won’t be able to speak or ask questions until he has finished, when we hope we can arrange a live question and answer session.

Our only limitation is that Zoom has a limit of 100 people who can join the meeting. So if 100 people have already joined you will find that you won’t be able to. Don’t worry, we are recording Rabbi Jesner’s talk and we will send you an email later on Monday afternoon with a link so that you can watch the recording.

Josie Lipsith – President

Eric Kurt – Vice President

BOURNEMOUTH HEBREW CONGREGATION

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 19th March 2020

Dear Members,

In these very worrying times please be confident that our Rabbi and Rebbetzen, the Trustees, Executive, Executive Committee and our office team are here for you. We are dealing with the current situation, focusing on maintaining our shop supplies, and planning ways in which we can best use technology to keep in touch and support each other.

As I write this message Jane and her team are busy in the kitchen, Loraine is working remotely, Hilary is in the office next door, and Barbara and Angela, our new bookkeeper, are poring over the accounts in the Beit Hamidrash.

Bob and Pat our caretakers are here too, and Eric and I have just had our first “Zoom” online meeting with the trustees.

We are  all working together to support our Kehillah, and whilst the current situation is worrying, we will provide support and strength for each other.

You can contact the office by email, or telephone between 10 am and 12.30 pm, and you can contact Rabbi Jesner (07932 723811), Rebbetzen Pamela (07984 427375), or Josie (07884 384082) at any time.

Stay safe and well, and please let us know how you are doing.

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom,

Josie Lipsith – President

Eric Kurt – Vice President

BOURNEMOUTH HEBREW CONGREGATION

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 18th March 2020

Dear Members,

You will have already received this morning’s announcement informing you that sadly all services, cultural and social activities are cancelled for the time being.

We are deeply saddened to have to close our shul doors, but we have a duty to protect ourselves and an even greater duty to protect others. We are all equally vulnerable, this is a time for us to show our strength as a community, by supporting and caring for one another.

In these difficult times the Executive, Rabbi Jesner and the Office staff are working hard to implement changes that will safeguard our kehillah.

Please take note of the following:

Shul Office

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE OFFICE IN PERSON. Our administrator Mrs Loraine Berlin will be working remotely, telephone 01202 557433 or email admin@bhcshul.com. 

Please only telephone between 10am -12.30pm.

Gentlemen please email the shul to arrange a time to collect your Tallit and Tefillin from shul.

The Shul Shop

DO NOT COME TO THE SHOP IN PERSON. We are offering a ‘click or phone and collect’ service. Email or telephone orders to Jane Mob: 07854698802, or the shul Shop shulshop@gmail.com.

Debit payments can be made by phone to Jane. Your order and delivery time will be confirmed, pick up will be from the Murray Muscat Centre entrance. Please adhere to your time as we wish to avoid members arriving together.

To avoid contact with others please park outside the shul, open your car boot, phone Jane. and stay in your car, a volunteer will put your shopping in the boot.

For more vulnerable members we will be able to deliver your shopping to you as usual

Stone-Settings

These will go ahead as planned; we now have a mobile sound system and prayers will be transmitted from the graveside. Please make sure you wrap up warm and are protected from the weather. Our more vulnerable members may choose not to attend.

Pesach

We are having discussions as to how best to support the community and we will inform you once plans are confirmed.

We are in discussion with suppliers at the moment and hope to send out a Pesach shopping list shortly.

We pray that our community remains safe and wish those of you who may become unwell Refuah Shlema, and a speedy recovery.

Josie Lipsith – President

Eric Kurt – Vice President

BOURNEMOUTH HEBREW CONGREGATION

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 18th March 2020

It is with great sadness that the Executive, in consultation with Rabbi Jesner, and following the direction of Chief Rabbi Mirvis, have to announce that all activity is cancelled until further notice. Closure is immediate.

Please see the notice below from the Office of the Chief Rabbi.

Praying we all stay well,

Josie Lipsith – President

Eric Kurt – Vice President

BOURNEMOUTH HEBREW CONGREGATION

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 16th March 2020

Safeguarding our vulnerable members – Special Measures

Many of our community are finding official advice regarding Coronavirus confusing, in order to clarify the situation the Executive, with Rabbi Jesner’s support, are putting in place “social distancing” measures. The goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among high-risk populations.

We have many high-risk members in our kehillah, in order to limit exposure to the virus we feel it is prudent to put in place the following measures as from today:

Shul Office

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE OFFICE IN PERSON, telephone  01202 557433 or email the shul admin@bhcshul.com, we will do our best to attend to your needs.

Group Activities

All group activities in shul are suspended until further notice, these include:

  • Table Tennis
  • Monday afternoon Bridge
  • Israeli Dancing
  • Meet and Munch
  • Adult Education

Shul Services

SHUL SERVICES WILL CONTINUE AS NORMAL.

When attending services please try to maintain 2 metres, or 6 feet, between yourself and any other congregants.

Kiddushim and Seuda Shlishit remain cancelled until further notice.

The Shul Shop

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SHOP IN PERSON. Email or telephone orders to Jane Mob: 07854698802, or email the shul Shop shulshop@gmail.com. Debit card payments can be made by phone and your order and delivery time will be confirmed.

Stone-Settings

These will go ahead as planned; we now have a mobile sound system and prayers will be transmitted to those members who wish to remain outside the Ohel. Our more vulnerable members may choose not to attend.

Pesach

Sadly, our Communal Seder has been cancelled.

We are aware that many of you will have cancelled travel plans and will be remaining in Bournemouth for Pesach, we are having discussions as to how best to support the community and we will inform you once plans are confirmed.

IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE CORONAVIRUS OR YOU’VE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS IT:

  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

The 111 Coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.

Please let us know if you are unwell, we need to support each other during this worrying time. The situation is changing daily and we will do our best to keep you informed.

We pray that our community remains safe and wish those of you who may become unwell refuah shlema, and a speedy recovery.

Josie Lipsith – President

Eric Kurt – Vice President

 

BOURNEMOUTH HEBREW CONGREGATION

 CORONAVIRUS ADVICE Update – 9th March 2020.

Dear Member,

In light of the developing situation regarding Coronavirus in the UK, and in line with official advice, we are implementing measures to limit the exposure of vulnerable members in our Kehillah to the virus. We are making every effort to prevent and delay the spread of the disease within our community. We do not want to be alarmist, but it is important that we all take this issue seriously.

As previously stated, on an individual basis, at the present time the best advice we can give our members is to follow the news, take a look at the government and NHS websites (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/) and adhere to the guidance being given.

For travel advice please look at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus.

As regards communal life, services will continue as usual, we ask you to heed the current official advice, together with the guidelines below regarding Shul life:

Could gentlemen please note that there will be no Tallitot left out in shul, please do not share Tallit, only use your own Tallit. On shabbat please do not kiss the Torah cover as it passes you, this includes touching the Torah cover with your tallit. Please do not kiss your Siddur and avoid kissing Mezuzzot. These measures have been sanctioned by Rabbi Jesner.

Wash your hands frequently, especially before and after Kiddush. Hand washing guidelines by Public health experts suggest washing your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds, or the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice”.  The use of warm water on Shabbat is forbidden according to the Torah Law; please be advised that the guidelines state that there is NO need to use warm water for hand washing.

There are hand sanitiser units at strategic points around the Shul; please use them.

If the need arises, sneeze into a paper tissue, the crook of your arm, or your sleeve. Dispose of tissues sensibly.

Please don’t shake hands with fellow congregants, the Rabbi or wardens; some members are bumping clothing covered elbows or bowing instead.

Please be aware that should you return from abroad, or if you are visiting from out of town, particularly if you have been in affected areas, that you follow government advice to self-isolate. Please do not come on to shul premises until you are sure you are free from the virus. Please inform the shul if you contract the virus or need our support.

We are also implementing special measures in our Shul Shop.

Shop Hours this week will be:

Thursday 11 am -1 pm

Friday 8.30 am – 10.30 am

To limit exposure, we are requesting that you “Click and Collect”, either email or telephone advanced orders to Jane Mob: 07854698802, or the shul Shop shulshop@gmail.com Orders can then be collected from the shul foyer at the appointed time. If you are unable to pick up your order, deliveries will be made by our volunteer drivers to those who are indisposed.

If you choose to shop in person, hand-washing and sanitising stations are marked clearly, please use them before entering the shop. Please, do not handle products, a personal shopper will pick your goods for you and process payment.

Safety health and hygiene measures will be put in place for Kiddushim and functions. I will update you of these, and other advice as we receive further information.

If you have any concerns, please contact the office tel: 01202 557433. email: admin@bhcshul.co.uk

Kind regards,

Josie Lipsith President

Eric Kurt Vice President

 

BOURNEMOUTH HEBREW CONGREGATION

 CORONAVIRUS ADVICE Update – 3rd March 2020

Dear Member,

I know many of you are concerned about reports of the increase in the spread of Coronavirus, We are have been advised that washing hands frequently with warm soapy water for 20 seconds is the best precaution we can take to limit the spread of the spread of the virus. Many of our members are avoiding shaking hands and kissing, and choosing to bump clothing covered elbows instead!

On an individual basis, at the present time the best advice we can give our members is to follow the news, take a look at the government and NHS websites (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/) and adhere to the guidance being given.

For travel advice please look at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus.

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation has been carefully considering how Coranovirus might affect our community, if, God forbid, there should be a wider outbreak in the UK. We are putting plans in place to minimise the impact and are working with the Chief Rabbi’s Office to ensure that, if needed, appropriate steps can be taken. We will keep you informed of any changes in the situation.

A further briefing will be sent to members with the announcements on Friday

We pray that there are no further outbreaks in the UK and wish those who are unwell refuah shlema, a speedy recovery.

With Best wishes,

Josie Lipsith – President