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COVID-19 Updates & Information

Upcoming Events Update:

April 7
- 9:00 AM - Midrash Class VIA ZOOM
- 10:30 AM - Mishneh Torah Class VIA ZOOM
- Hebrew School Classes VIA ZOOM
- 7:30 PM - Tuesday Evening Torah Study VIA ZOOM

April 9
- Robineau Seder CANCELLED
- Hakafa Second-Night Passover Seder CANCELLED
April 10
- 7:30 PM - Shabbat Service & Oneg VIA ZOOM
April 11
- 4:00 PM - Family Movie for Passover VIA ZOOM
April 12
- 10:00 AM-12:00 noon - Religious School Classes VIA ZOOM
- Sunday Morning Adult Education CANCELLED
- 3:00 PM - Confirmation Class Parent/Student Meeting VIA ZOOM
- 3:30 PM - Confirmation Class Prep Session VIA ZOOM
April 14

- 9:00 AM - Midrash Class VIA ZOOM
- 10:15 AM - Siddur Class VIA ZOOM
- Hebrew School Classes VIA ZOOM

April 15
- 10:30 AM - Yizkor Service VIA ZOOM
April 16
- 9:00 AM - Nosh & Know VIA ZOOM
April 17
- 7:30 PM - Shabbat Service & Oneg VIA ZOOM
April 19
- 11:00 AM - Religious School Family Program VIA ZOOM
- 4:00 PM - High School Program Class IV for 9th-11th Grades VIA ZOOM
April 21

- 9:00 AM - Midrash Class VIA ZOOM
- 10:30 AM - Mishneh Torah Class VIA ZOOM
- Hebrew School Classes VIA ZOOM
- 7:30 PM - Tuesday Evening Torah Study VIA ZOOM

April 22
- 1:00 PM - Wednesday Afternoon Torah Study VIA ZOOM
April 24
- 7:30 PM - Shabbat Service & Oneg VIA ZOOM
April 26
- 4:00 PM - High School Senior Workshop II VIA ZOOM
April 28

- 9:00 AM - Midrash Class VIA ZOOM
- 10:15 AM - Siddur Class VIA ZOOM
- Hebrew School Classes VIA ZOOM
- 7:30 PM - Tuesday Evening Torah Study VIA ZOOM

April 29
- 1:00 PM - Wednesday Afternoon Torah Study VIA ZOOM
May 3
- Kadima Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Event POSTPONED (new date TBA)

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Note to Congregation: Thursday, March 12:

Dear Hakafa Members and Friends,

Given the continuing and compelling reports of the spread of the coronavirus and the evolving efforts to contain it, we at Hakafa are taking further steps to protect our community.

Several of the activities and programs that we'd hoped could continue this week will now be cancelled:

Saturday, March 14 – Shabbat Morning Minyan - cancelled
Saturday, March 14 - Tot Shabbat - cancelled
Sunday, March 15 - Religious School - cancelled
Tuesdays, March 17 and 31 - Hebrew School - cancelled

Additionally, at least through March 31, we will make the following adjustments:

  • All weekday adult classes with Rabbi Elder will be held via Zoom Video Conferencing rather than in person. Instructions for accessing Zoom can be found in the weekly email announcements.
  • All Shabbat Services will be held via Facebook Live rather than in person.
  • All other programs will be rescheduled or run via Zoom; more information to come.

We have created a special page on our website (www.hakafa.org) to keep you updated on Hakafa's response to COVID-19 and for up-to-date details about congregation events / cancellations / changes, etc. Please visit it for the most current information.

An important consideration during this pandemic is how we will care for each other. If you or anyone in our Hakafa community will be isolated and in need of assistance, please contact Rabbi Elder.

And, please feel free to contact me with any thoughts or concerns.

L'shalom,
Nancy Goodman, Congregation President

Note to Congregation - Tuesday, March 10:

Dear Hakafa Members and Friends,

With coronavirus reports so prominent in the news, we wanted to let you know that we are keeping apprised of measures that we can take to prevent its spread and to keep our community safe. The advice to avoid gatherings of people is a difficult one for us, as coming together to worship, study, and help others is central to our existence. For those times when we are together, we urge everyone to follow recommended safety guidelines, as outlined on the Centers for Disease Control website.

We are fortunate at Hakafa to have as one of our members Dr. Ron Hershow, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. His guidance has and will be especially helpful as we move forward. He notes that while things are changing quickly, closures and shutdowns are not yet warranted in Illinois, and that proactive measures (handwashing, use of hand sanitizers, keeping our distance from others, staying home if you feel ill, etc.) are the best steps to follow for now.

Nevertheless, due to heightened concerns voiced by a number of our members, we have decided to postpone or adjust a number of activities coming up in the next two weeks. We are focusing on programs frequented by older adults – those most vulnerable to the coronavirus. These adjustments should give us more time to assess the situation and should also reduce the stress that individuals may feel in deciding whether or not to attend Hakafa gatherings. For those programs that will go on as planned, please feel free to choose to stay home if you feel iffy about attending.

This list includes upcoming postponements, reconfigurations, and ongoing activities at Hakafa:

Wednesday, March 11 – Torah Study with Rabbi Elder – Rather than meeting in person, we will meet online with an option to phone in. Rabbi Elder will provide instructions.

Wednesday, March 11 – Kesher gathering at Curt’s Café – Will go forward as planned.

Friday, March 13 – Shabbat-in-the-Home – All groups postponed except the young family groups; you’ll be informed if your group will still meet. We will reschedule others at a later date.

Saturday, March 14 – Shabbat Morning Minyan – Will go forward as planned.

Saturday, March 14 – Tot Shabbat – Will go forward as planned at the Takiff Center.

Sunday, March 15 – Adult Ed – David Rieser’s session and the JCFS session will be rescheduled.

Sunday, March 15 – Religious School – Will go forward as planned.

Tuesday, March 17 – Hebrew School – Will go forward as planned

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 17, 18, 19 – Tuesday and Wednesday Torah Study, Midrash Class, Mishneh Torah Class, and Nosh & Know – Rather than meeting in person, we will meet online with an option to phone in. Rabbi Elder will provide instructions.

Friday, March 20 – Shabbat Service – Will go forward as planned, with livestream for those who prefer it.

Saturday, March 21 – Film Group – Will be rescheduled at a later date.

Please know that if it appears prudent, we will take further steps and will keep you informed. Meanwhile, when we’re together, we can hold off on our usual hugs and handshakes, going for elbow bumps or friendly waves from a six-foot distance instead! We’ll all know that we’re looking out for each other’s health. If you have any concerns, please contact me: president@hakafa.org.

L'shalom,
Nancy Goodman, Congregation President

Tue, April 7 2020 13 Nisan 5780