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Dear Shul Family,

We are truly living in an unprecedented situation. COVID-19 is spreading across the country faster than we can imagine. Looking at cities where ICU's are already overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases, we are implementing extreme measures in the hopes that we can stop this virus in its tracks, and keep our Shul family and the extended community healthy and well. Beginning immediately, The Shul will be temporarily replace all in-person services, minyans, kiddushes, events, classes and meetings with private Torah study, prayer, and charity from our homes.

While we may be tempted to feel saddened and in despair, please remember that Hashem is the one who instructs us to safeguard our health in whatever ways our doctors and health professionals advise. Also, just because we can't meet in person, it doesn't mean we should stop learning, davening, and doing good deeds.  In times like these, the Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged increasing our Torah learning, prayer, and good deeds. 

Read below for the ways in which you can participate in Torah classes, prayer, learning, etc.

Minyan/Services:
As we cannot come together in person for a minyan without the unacceptable possibility of increasing the spread of the virus, we will each daven at home. During our regular davening time (6:45 during the week, and 9:00 on Shabbos, morning), we encourage you to put on your tefillin and daven as usual. We will be joined in heart and soul as we daven in our separate locations, joined in our hopes and prayers for health and wellness around the world.
This in no way represents a minyan, and no Kaddish or repetition of the amidah can be said. If you need to say kaddish, go to www.saykaddish.com to designate someone to say kaddish in a minyan on your behalf.
Torah Learning/Classes:
Opportunities to join Rabbi Cheski and Rabbi Avremi for virtual classes on line throughout the week will be available. Stay tuned for more details on where to watch classes on the following days:
  • Sunday Sichos
  • Monday Mishnayos
  • Tuesday Tanya
  • Wednesday "Why do we do it" (submit your questions for Rabbi Cheski to answer)
  • Thursday Talmud
  • Friday Sermon for Shabbat
  • Rabbi Avremi's practical Judaism 
Many opportunities will be available for learning throughout the week. We will be joining Lubavitch of Wisconsin for an opportunity for the broader community to join together remotely. More information will be shared soon. 
Good Deeds:
Give tzedakah every day. Our sages tell us, "tzedakah tatzil mi'mavet" - "tzedakah saves from death." Make sure to put some coins in the charity box every day, and encourage every member of your household to do the same. 
Check on the homebound and elderly. Pick up the phone to check on friends and family who may need extra assistance. Offer to run errands for those who are elderly or immunocompromised so they do not need to expose themselves to germs outside the home.  If you know of someone who is alone, particularly if they are elderly, frail or unwell, please let us know so we can arrange a “buddy system” - someone to check in with them daily (or as needed) by phone.
Increase mitzvot in the home. Take on a new mitzvah - light Shabbat candles, put on teffilin, or another mitzvah that you don't already do. 
Milwaukee Community Hebrew School: 
In-person classes are cancelled until further notice. Our students enjoyed their first day of online learning - all children are invited to join them at next week's class about Pesach at www.ckids.net/hslive. 

May our heartfelt and joined prayers pierce the heavens and bring a swift divine blessing for us all.

Rabbi Cheski and Chava Edelman 
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