COVID-19 UPDATE

(March 27, 2020)

SHABBAT TIMES
Oakland, CA

Candle lighting: 7:10pm
Havdalah: 8:08pm
Torah reading: Parshat Vayikrah

SCHEDULE
Kabbalat shabbat and Drash on ZOOM: 6:45pm

Havdalah tomorrow on ZOOM at 8:30pm

Shabbat Shalom!

Zoom Meeting Room
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/8514290206
Meeting ID: 851 429 0206

 

 

(March 19, 2020, 1:30pm)

After much thought and deliberation, taking into consideration both our civil obligations of “shelter in place“ and “social distancing,” and Jewish obligations of “Pikuach Nefesh” and synagogue obligations of “Tefilah B’tzibur” to create a balance in which we take a firm stance in serving G-d, honoring one’s fellow and country, and in consultation with leading Rabbis, we are sad to notify you that there will not be any organized services or Kiddush this Shabbat.

You can stop by to borrow a siddur, Chumash or Talit (before shabbat) or to pray in Shul alone. Please observe social distancing and hand washing.

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In addition, classes will continue online via ZOOM. Schedule:

Tanya Class | Thursday (Today) at 3:30pm | By Shulamis Labkowski | Zoom Meeting ID: 704-602-324

Virtual Challah Baking | Thursday 8:30pm | with Shulamis Labkowski | please prepare a bowl and large spoon, measuring cup/spoon and ingredients (yeast, sugar, oil, eggs, salt, flour)| Zoom Meeting ID: 374-473-796

Cholent (Hamin) Prep Class | Friday, March 20, 11:00am | With Rabbi Dovid Labkowski | Zoom Meeting ID: 521-502-339

Shiur Torah – Torah Class | Friday, March 20, 5:00pm | By Rabbi Dovid Labkowski | Zoom Meeting ID: 865-405-858

United Community Havdalah with Song | Shabbat, March 21, 8:30pm | With Rabbi Yitzchok Wagner | Please join with a musical instrument if you have one handy | Zoom Meeting ID: 592-193-695

Online Hebrew School | Sunday, March 22 anytime! | ckids.org/hslive

Rabbi’s Personal Meeting ID | If you need to contact me in a Meeting setting | 851-429-0206

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Shabbat Times:

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayak’hel-Pekudei

Friday, March 20, 2020: Light Candles at 7:04 PM

Saturday, March 21, 2020: Shabbat Ends 8:01 PM

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While we are in physical isolation, we ought to be in virtual, spiritual and psychological closeness and togetherness. Let’s uplift each other and help our family, friends, neighbors and community members in a selfless way, so that we overcome this virus together! May we celebrate happy occasions together physically very soon.

Our hopes & prayers for those infected with this evil virus and their families, and let us pray that this is the last Shabbat in isolation with the imminent coming of Moshiach.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Dovid Labkowski

 

 

(March 16, 2020, 2:30pm)

From the desk of Rabbi Dovid Labkowski

Based on the new CDC guidelines and ACPHD stating:
Six Bay Area counties announced a “shelter in place” order for all residents on Monday — the strictest measure of its kind in the country — directing everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks as public health officials desperately try to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus across the region.
The directive begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and involves San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties — a combined population of more than 6.7 million. It is to stay in place until at least April 7.

All Chabad classes and events including Hebrew School of the Arts, Gani Jewish Preschool, YJP Shabbat Unplugged, Lunch & Learn, Torah & Tea, Talmud Study, Model Matzah Bakery will be postponed till at least April 7.

Chabad is here to help. if there is any way we can assist Rabbi & Rebitzin and Yossi are available to help. Please contact us.

In addition Shmurah Matzah will be available at Chabad starting next week. One can order here.

(March 13, 2020, 3:30pm)

The doors, tables and surfaces at Chabad will be disinfected this afternoon, tomorrow morning and tomorrow afternoon.

(March 13, 2020, 1:15pm)

At Chabad, we take the safety of our community family very seriously and continue to closely monitor COVID-19 (coronavirus) developments. We are following guidance from the California Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Alameda County Department of Health, and other state officials to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our community members.

As of now, classes and services are continuing as usual, but we are implementing the following additional guidelines and protocols:
        – We ask anyone who has traveled on a cruise, or has traveled outside the US, or within the US in the past two weeks to areas that have been severely affected by the coronavirus (New York, Washington State, etc.) to refrain from coming to Chabad.
        – Please remain home if you, or any family members, are sick or showing any signs of sickness, including a cold, respiratory concerns, cough, fatigue or fever. Having one or multiple of the above symptoms does not mean you have the virus. But, we must take precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of the entire community.
         – Any person who has been told to self-quarantine MUST NOT come to Chabad.
         – Kindly wash your hands when entering the premises.
          – If possible, please bring your own Yarmulke and Tallit.
          – The Kiddush will be in large room so that there more space and less physical contact.
          – Wash hands as frequently as possible and refrain from touching your face.
          -While we are taking extra measure to sanitize and keep the facility clean  and disinfected, it is best to wash your hands after leaving the facility.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation! Together we will be strong, healthy and remain vigilant until this passes G-d willing soon.
With prayerful wishes for all of our brothers and sisters the world over.

Rabbi Dovid Labkowski