March 18th, 3:00pm

Passover Update 

As Passover approaches, we are following the guidelines set forth by the CDC to limit large gatherings and at this time, are unsure of the ability to host our annual community Passover Seder.  That being said, Passover can't be skipped and we remain committed to assuring that everyone has a place or the items needed for Passover.  We have put together a few options to help you and your family.

The form below offers the opportunity to open your home to another family for Seder, to ask for help finding a place to attend a seder, order Passover supplies(please submit ASAP) and to offer financial support during this difficult time through Project Dignity.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach me.  I am committed to you, especially during these trying times.  rabbi@chabadnaperville.com   630-957-8122

Thank you and stay healthy! 

PASSOVER FORM - Order Matza, wine, grape juice and items needed for the Seder plate

Sell your Chametz - due by April 5th

Project Dignity Donation Form  - Help a family in need

 


March 13th 10:00am

COVID-19 Update 


Dear Community,
 
The Torah provides direction for all matters of life. When it comes to matters of health, the Code of Jewish Law clearly directs us to adhere to the guidance of medical professionals. It is crucial for us to balance staying vigilant—see below for a few guidelines—and to ensure that this perspective is informed principally by medical professionals whose expertise is in the field of infectious disease/epidemiology.

We are closely monitoring the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Dupage County Department of Public Health. All these guidelines are of course subject to change as this is a fluid situation.

Chabad will be opened this Shabbat with Shabbat Services as scheduled at 10:00am

Attendance

If you have any of the symptoms of any respiratory illness generally, or of COVID-19 specifically (fever, cough, shortness of breath), do not come to shul. This includes people who have a yahrtzeit, or who are saying kaddish. Arrangements can be made to have someone else recite kaddish on your behalf in memory of a loved one. Repeat: if you have any symptoms of a cold or respiratory illness, do not come into the shul building.

If you are a member of the population who is vulnerable to coronavirus (over the age of 60 WITH an underlying health condition such as heart disease, lung disease, or immuno-compromised), seriously consider your choices. The CDC has not recommended these individuals to self quarantine but is recommending they avoid large gatherings. We urge you to consult with your medical professionals and determine the best course of action for your situation.

Behavior

Upon entering the building, everyone MUST wash their hands with soap and water.

All community members must practice good flu-season hygiene while in the building. Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. 

Avoid touching your face even if your hands are clean. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when you cough or sneeze. 

No shaking hands or hugging – please use other non-contact methods of greeting. 

Kissing of the Mezuzah, siddur and Torah is a sign of affection. Until further notice, no kissing of the mezuzah or Siddur. Instead, look at the mezuzah and be mindful of Hashem’s presence and infuse your davening with greater emotion.

When the Torah is taken around, or called for an Aliyah, you may touch the Torah with your tallis, siddur or tissue, and kiss your tallis or tissue, not the siddur.

All surfaces and door handles will be properly cleaned and disinfected before Shabbat.


The words of the Torah, v'nishmartem m'od l'nafshoteichem - and you shall guard your spirit well - should be at the forefront of our concerns at this time.
While we take all necessary steps of caution, in consultation with local medical experts, we must stay mindful to not fall into a counterproductive state of panic; please continue to practice good hygiene and reasonable social distancing.

May Hashem bless us and the entire community during this joyous month of Adar with absolute health and tranquility.

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This week we entered the Jewish month of Adar. The Talmud establishes a rule that when the month of Adar begins we must increase our joy. This is because of the holiday of Purim that is celebrated in the middle of the month.

Purim, of course, is only one day, but its impact is felt throughout the entire month. In fact, the Talmud continues, after proclaiming this as the month of joy, that if a Jew ever has a court case or any other suspenseful event coming, whenever possible it should be scheduled for the month of Adar, which is considered a month of good fortune for the Jewish people.

So as the month of joy and good fortune begins, may we all truly have reason to celebrate and be eternally happy!

Shabbat Shalom.

Rabbi Mendy Goldstein

*** updated 6:00pm In light of the recent school closures in Illinois we will be following the guidelines being set forth and therefore all youth programs including Hebrew School and Cteen will be canceled until further notice.