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A message from OVS President Semon Akbashev

04/14/2020 02:47:28 PM


Our highest priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our children, community members, and staff. We're consulting with our state public health agencies and the CDC, who are providing guidance as we monitor the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We're also instituting some new policies and making some new announcements as it relates to the virus.

We're requiring that anyone who visits a country with a level 3 Travel Health Notice not visit the Keilah for a minimum of 14 days upon their return.


 Please continue to visit the CDC website,  it is updated daily, to see what is being considered on the level 3 Travel Health Notice.

For our upcoming visit with Rabbi Hearshen and his family, we recognize that we both want to give people the opportunity to meet him and his family, but also want to make sure that we encourage people to stay home if they feel safer there.

To that end, in addition to the currently scheduled list of events to meet Rabbi Hearshen (see schedule further down in the eblast and on the OVS website), we are also adding a virtual meeting with the Rabbi and his family (either video or audio) on Sunday, March 15 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Call in details are below. Please call 770-666-2475 if you have any technical questions.

Zoom link to join via computer or mobile device -
Call in number: 646-876-9923; Meeting ID: 145 749 381

We all need to do our part to limit the spread of the virus. To that end, the Keilah is committed to cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting the building on a daily basis. However, please keep in mind that we cannot do this alone and we need you to do your part. Please don’t come to the Keilah if you are feeling sick (you must be fever-free or symptom-free for 24 hours unmedicated) and make sure to wash your hands regularly and follow all
CDC guidelines to protect yourselves and others. Furthermore, access to the kitchen will be restricted to those not cooking (including during Shabbat services and Tuesday baking). Please do not attempt to enter the Keilah though the kitchen doors. And finally, regarding food buffets, we'll put out extra serving utensils so please use them instead of reaching for foods items with your hands.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to make these complicated decisions that impact our wonderful community.
Semon Akbashev
Board President



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