Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Current Status of Upcoming Programs and Services

With new information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerging by the hour, you will find all of our latest updates here, including health and safety protocols and potential changes to programs and services.

ALL SHABBAT SERVICES ARE NOW BEING HELD ONLINE. LEARN MORE HERE.

Other groups and committee meetings are temporarily cancelled. We are hard at work getting our online content and streaming services up and running. Rabbi Jonathan, Andrew Maayan, and the rest of the staff are still available by email and we are here for you if you have any questions, concerns, or are in need during this time.

The WJC has instituted a program of extra cleaning and disinfecting during the past week. These protocols will continue for the foreseeable future.

The CDC is advising those who are at risk (over 60, and/or with underlying health conditions) to minimize their social exposure. At the same time, we recognize that coming together in prayer is not just an act of religious commitment, it is also an expression of community, one which provides spiritual and emotional sustenance. As this crisis unfolds, we have to look to creative ways to build the connections so essential in times of stress and uncertainty. You’ll be hearing from us soon about our plans to livestream services.

We also hold, as a faith community committed to the social welfare of the larger communities in which we live, work, and study, the importance of helping to slow the spread of the virus. And so we are moving to reduce opportunities for exposure where possible.

Therefore we are canceling all large events until after Passover. Sadly, this includes our planned weekends with candidates for the new full-time rabbinic position. The search committee will meet and let the congregation know how we are going to proceed with the search process. You can read updates on the search here.

Note that we are now exploring the possibility of holding our 2nd night Passover sedar online. More details soon!

We know that the WJC community serves as a true sanctuary for so many of us and provides not only a place to call home but a community of support, love, and inspiration. In uncertain times, community is all the more important. Even if, at the present moment, we cannot gather in all the traditional ways we are used to, we will find ways to remain connected to one another.