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COVID-19 and community safety

Beth Joseph Congregation remains closed due to the pandemic until further notice.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

To the BJC Community:

With the help of the Almighty, we have not had anyone in our community report of either having been confirmed that they have contracted COVID-19, and or have been exposed to anyone that has contracted it. Nevertheless, it has become immensely clear that the threat of this illness continues to grow. We feel that it is incumbent upon us to protect our congregants and community. It is with a heavy heart that we have concluded that effective today, after Maariv, Beth Joseph Congregation will cease all scheduled prayer services and in-person classes until further notice. There will be continued communications updating you as developments unfold and with opportunities for on-line Torah study, classes and shiurim. Please keep abreast of current health recommendations for our community by monitoring the Maricopa County Department of Health and AZ Department of Health Services aside from the many other valuable sources of information that are available.

May the Almighty dispatch a speedy refuah sheleimah to those who have been inflicted with this virus.


Irwin S. Sheinbein Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs
Rabbi Shalom Twerski Rabbi Harris Cooperman

If you are at higher risk for severe illness (see here), the AZ Department of Health Services recommends limiting attendance in crowded poorly ventilated spaces.

•    Please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you arrive at shul.
•    If possible, bring your own Siddur, Chumash and Talis to shul.
•    Cover your cough or sneeze, preferably with a tissue that is immediately disposed of or, minimally, into your sleeve.  Extra tissue boxes will be placed throughout the building.
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
•    Be aware and respectful that many people prefer to avoid handshakes and embrace.
•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•    Use sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
•    Custodial staff will be diligent about cleaning our shuls and checking dispensers for hand soap and hand sanitizer (when available) to ensure that they are filled at all times.

Remember: many of these practices are important, regardless of coronavirus. 

With tefilot for Divine protection during this challenging time,

Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs

Rabbi Sholom Twerski

Rabbi Harris Cooperman

Irwin Sheinbein