Coronavirus Temple Impact Update

Dear Temple Beth El friends,

Temple leadership has been closely monitoring the CDC and Los Angeles Board of Health updates, regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). A committee of some of our doctors and congregational leaders has been formed to check in regularly and determine how to best protect members and visitors to our community.

Because we care deeply about the health and well-being of the people in our community, we ask that you stay at home if you have a fever, cough, or if you feel even slightly ill. While at temple, please wash your hands frequently, and greet one another with warm smiles, waves, jazz hands, elbow bumps or even the Vulcan salute (live long and prosper).

If you are a senior and/or have underlying health conditions, we encourage you to stay at home. If you choose to self-quarantine, or if your doctor asks you to stay at home, please let us know. If you know of community members who are choosing to stay home, please let us know that as well. We are creating a phone tree so that we can check in on everyone who is not able to attend Temple functions.

Similarly, please let us know if you are willing to make phone calls or deliveries to people in our community who are unable to leave their homes. As beautiful as our Temple building is, our community is more beautiful still, and we need your help in meeting the needs of all of our members and friends.

Out of an abundance of caution we have decided to postpone the following events:

  1. Krav Maga, which was scheduled for Sunday, March 15 after Torah school.
  2. The Board of Education Live Band Karaoke Party, which had been scheduled for Saturday, March 21.
  3. The Taus Lecture, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, will be rescheduled for a later date.
  4. The Sisterhood Circle of Service Luncheon, which had been scheduled for Sunday, March 29, has been canceled.

In the meantime until further notice, we do plan to have in person services this Friday, and our lay-led service will go on as planned. We are suspending the Oneg Shabbat, so that there is no food risk in the building.

As you may have heard, the LAUSD, Long Beach Unified, Manhattan Beach Unified, Torrance Unified, and the  PVPUSD are closing ALL schools effective immediately for 2-4 weeks, depending upon the district. The San Pedro Co-Op Preschool at TBE will be closed until April 13th.

Our Torah school will be going online as well; stay tuned for further details.

Added precautions are in place in terms of hand washing, food handling, and cleaning our facilities. We will update you on any developments as they occur.

Starting on Thursday, March 19th, Torah study will be live-streamed rather than taking place at the Palos Verdes library. You may attend these Torah study classes with Rabbi Kail by clicking on this link on Thursdays at 12 noon. Enter the meeting ID 785 074 7643 and your name to join the Zoom meeting. If you have not used this video conferencing app before, you will be prompted to download it, or you may continue using your browser to conference. There may be some audio/video setup to do the first time as well.

Please note that when you are not able to attend, you may watch all of our Friday services from our YouTube Live Stream channel. Here are instructions on how to signup for our streaming Services on Youtube.

We are working on creating other meaningful online classes and opportunities for connection. Stay tuned for more information.

We know that it is a scary time. Please know that your clergy and temple leaders are here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are in need of pastoral care, or a person to talk to.

With blessings for good health,

Rabbi Cassi, Cantor Ilan, Staff, and Board of Directors