Keeping Our Community Healthy | Response to the Coronavirus

MESSAGE TO COMMUNITY 3/5/2020

Dear Romemu Community,

In the past 24 hours alone, we have received briefings and recommendations regarding the Coronavirus outbreak from a vast array of government agencies, Jewish communal institutions, universities, hospitals, synagogues, experts and community members. I have also met extensively with Rabbi Ingber and our own staff to examine our current operations, make immediate changes where indicated, and contingency plan for the future. We are monitoring the situation inside and outside of Romemu on a daily (hourly, actually) basis, and will continue to respond as advised by experts and our own situational analysis.

Our clear priority is the safety and health of our community and our staff. We are therefore immediately putting into place the actions below, and ask for your cooperation.

Thank you for your help and understanding,

Jeffrey Cahn, Executive Director

 
IMPORTANT: If a community member knows or suspects someone may have been infected, or directly exposed to someone who is infected, we require you to report this information to our clergy team immediately. All information will remain anonymous. Contact: emergencies@romemu.org or (212) 580-4294 x803
 

Our Response:

Building Operations | WEPC & RC
  • All people entering our buildings are REQUIRED to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer
  • The Romemu Campus cleaning schedule has been quadrupled. A new regimen of disinfecting/sanitizing has been added. 
  • Informative posters on sanitizing/prevention have been placed throughout the building
  • Sanitizing wipe stations have been placed on every floor
  • Additional sanitizing materials have been placed in each meeting space
  • We will now keep as many doors open as possible in an effort to reduce contact with handles

 

Shabbat & Community Gatherings
  • All people entering our sanctuaries are REQUIRED to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Community members, staff, and clergy are asked to refrain from personal contact (ie: hugging, hand holding, kissing when greeting)
  • During Services, we ask congregants to refrain from kissing the torah, mezzuzim or siddurim.
  • We are encouraging community members to purchase and bring their own siddur
  • Hand wipes will be distributed at services to wipe siddurim
  • Programs that include “nosh” will now be monitored by a “Staff Sanitizer” ensuring that all participating sanitize their hands before.
  • As always, we encourage community members to take advantage of live-streaming if feeling unwell.

 

Seekers Holistic Hebrew School
  • All students and caregivers entering our buildings are REQUIRED to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer
  • All students required to re-sanitize hands upon entering classrooms
  • Teachers will be wiping down surfaces as used
  • All snacks will be individually prepared and distributed by teachers
  • Student to student contact will be limited
  • All craft projects will be prepared beforehand to limit contact with normally shared craft supplies

 

Staff Guidelines
  • Staff are allowed and encouraged to work from home if they are not feeling well.
  • We are monitoring staff travel and requiring self-evaluation upon return
  • We are regularly sanitizing staff work stations and common areas
  • All staff are creating contingency plans for their areas of responsibility in case the situation worsens

 

Community Communications
  • Community E-mails: Please make sure you receive our weekly communications. If you think you may not be receiving them, please contact info@romemu.org
  • Website: Romemu now has a page dedicated to regular updates regarding new procedures, possible closings, changes in programming and more.
  • Text Alert System: We will now include text alerts for community wide urgent messaging. Opt-In here.

 

For the safety of our clergy, staff, and fellow congregants, please:
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve 
  • Wash your hands regularly 
  • Avoid touching your face 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • Get your flu shot—it’s never too late 
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick 

Resources: 

For more information on the City’s response, visit: https://on.nyc.gov/38tBEpP
For Coronavirus preparedness tips and safety info, visit: www.NYC.gov/coronavirus