Dear CTC family,
I hope this letter finds you and your family safe, secure, and healthy. I appreciate your strength and fortitude during these difficult times. For the last 9 weeks we have shut down and sequestered all with the hope of flattening the curve and saving lives. Even though we are grateful that our community has been spared the sadness and loss that so many others have experienced, we continue to recite special prayers, including a mishabayrach, in our daily zoom minyan for those who are not yet well at this time. We thank the Almighty for watching over us and we thank the members of this community for making the necessary sacrifices.
Like most faith centers and educational institutions in North Carolina, the Charlotte Torah Center has been closed to the public since March in keeping with the Stay-At-Home orders of Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina. Being as North Carolina is beginning Phase 2 and easing of restrictions, we will be following Governor Cooper’s guidelines for houses of worship, in addition to the nationwide recommendations for OU synagogues, for the opening of the CTC.
As such, we are happy to announce that we will be moving forward with a soft opening of the CTC for Shavuot and continuing to have services after that according to the following guidelines.
- Social distancing of at least 6 feet is mandatory.
- Anyone with a fever or who is not feeling well, is asked not to attend.
- People with compromised immune systems and the elderly should not attend.
- The Torah reader will take all Aliyot: no individual Aliyot will be given.
- Sadly, there will not be kiddush after services.
- Face masks are mandatory; hand sanitizer will be available at designated stations.
- Siddurim (prayer books) will be assigned and placed in ziplock bags; people will use the same siddur each time they come. People who want to bring their own siddur can do so as long as it is sealed in a bag.
We look forward to seeing you this Yom Tov. A full schedule of services, including Yizkor, will come out next week.
Even though we are slowly opening the shul, classes will continue to be given via zoom. Check our schedule below for details of this coming week’s classes.
Please feel free to call if you have any questions about these protocols.
As we approach the Yom Tov of Shavuot, it is my hope that as our community starts to come together k’ish echad b’lev echad (like one person; with one heart), communal prayers will allow us to merit the end of this terrible illness and quickly be freed from the physical and emotional restrictions and other challenges we have had to endure.
Rabbi Chanoch Oppenheim