During the COVID pandemic Adath Israel is open for Shabbat and holiday services in person with masks, social distancing, and occupancy limits. Our services and programs are also available on Zoom. Religious School takes place virtually. Our office is open to visitors on a limited basis, and our staff is regularly available by phone or email. Please send us a message or call 609-896-4977 for more information.
One-page Reopening Guidelines
March 24, 2020:
- As a consequence of Governor Murphy’s Statewide Stay at Home Order (https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/
nj-information/general-public/ governor-murphy-announces- statewide-stay-at-home-order- closure-of-all-non-essential- retail-businesses), Adath Israel will suspend all on-site operations until the order is lifted, with the exception of Kosher Café’s distribution of hot lunches to seniors.
- A revised phone system greeting was prepared to summarize our status and request that voice-mail messages can be left for Rabbi Adler, Hazzan Katlin and Amanda Arena. The staff will check for messages three times a day.
- Our dedicated staff of Rabbi Adler, Hazzan Katlin, Amanda Arena, Lisa Miller, and Nancy Sobin, our bookkeeper, will continue to do the synagogue’s business using remote internet-based technology. Frank Fabian, our custodian will be on call for should any maintenance issues arise, and Rolando Archila’s staff’s hours have been reduced to compensate for our decreased demand, but they will still be in regularly to keep the building clean and disinfected for the time, in the near future, we hope, when we can all get back together.
- If you need to reach Rabbi, Hazzan, or Amanda, directly their cell phone numbers and email addresses are as follows:
Rabbi Adler: (646) 812-7392; firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazzan Katlin: (609) 468-5175; email@example.com
Amanda Arena: (732) 763-7441; firstname.lastname@example.org
They are all available to you just to talk.
- Kosher Café will continue its takeout food service for seniors. This is considered an essential service. The seniors drive under the portico, roll down their windows, and a food package is given to them. The Kosher Café staff will clean and disinfect the kitchen surfaces each and every day.
- All the building’s thermostats were set back to around-the-clock heating temperature of 60 degrees, and cooling temperature of 80 degrees. We should conserve some energy and much needed financials resources.
- Rabbi Adler and Hazzan Katlin are continuing their on-line Services and educational programs, which are well-attended, from their respective homes. Look out for the eBlasts announcements with the schedules and respective links.
- The religious school teachers are developing distance learning plans for their classes and plan to introduce remote classes using online video services, like Zoom. In addition, there will be personal outreach to keep in touch with the students. Rabbi Adler is spearheading this effort.
- Lastly, although so many of us are facing the loss of work and uncertainty about the future, we would greatly appreciate any financial support you can muster. Our synagogue and its dedicated staff are here for you now and will be on the other side of this traumatic episode in our collective lives. If you want to make a contribution, please contact Amanda Arena to work out the details.
March 18, 2020:
Updated notice about COVID-19 from Adath Israel:
My Fellow Adath Israel Congregants,
I’m writing to you again to provide the latest update on the evolving situation with the coronavirus. Adath Israel is diligently monitoring the situation and is being proactive with our response. Your Officers, Clergy, Executive Committee, and Board of Trustees are fully supportive of the actions being taken, below.
The actions below are supplementary to the ones described in my letter to you of March 13:
- All Religious Services, and related religious activities, such as Oneg Shabbat and Kiddush, have been cancelled until it is safe to resume these activities.
- Instead of in-person services, we will hold morning minyan via teleconference and save the date for our first Sharing Shabbat: Adath’s Interactive Call-in this Friday, March 20th at 5:30 PM. Check your email for details.
- Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are being postponed until it is safe to have them.
- Religious School will be closed until the state of New Jersey deems it safe to resume these activities. Distance learning options are being explored.
- The office staff respectfully requests that synagogue business be conducted by phone or email. If you need to come to the office, please call in advance to make sure that someone is available to help you.
- Kosher Café meals are provided as a takeout service only, and will be distributed by the front door. Café Europa, and Memory Café programs are cancelled.
- Organizations which rent space from Adath have cancelled their meetings.
- Bridge Academy has suspended its classes until the state of New Jersey deems it safe to resume them.
- Board and Committee meetings will be conducted as virtual meetings (video or call-in) until further notice.
- MOSAIC events such as the Bucks Broadway Connection and the Ellis Island hardhat tour are postponed, and are expected to be rescheduled. If you have already paid for either event, your money will be refunded. Torah Fund dinner and One Book One Jewish Community have been postponed to a future date. The Yom HaShoah program has been cancelled.
- We are communicating with the Pearlstone Retreat Center to discuss our options for the Kallah Retreat. We will update you when we have more information.
- The Board of Trustees is currently calling all Adath members to connect and check in to see if anyone needs anything during this difficult time.
Should the need arise, you can be sure that Adath Israel, its clergy and resources are available to support its community of members. We are grateful for your understanding and continued support during this potentially difficult time for our nation and our beloved Adath Israel.
March 17, 2020:
March 16, 2020:
Morning Minyans, Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat Morning services are cancelled until further notice.
March 13, 2020:
Please see below an important notice about COVID-19 from Adath Israel:
My Fellow Adath Israel Congregants,
Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to the Adath Israel officers, clergy and your
Board of Trustees. I’m writing to let you know how Adath Israel is responding to the
The precept of Pikuach nefesh, saving a life, is the principle of Jewish Law which demands that
the preservation of human life overrides virtually any other religious rule or mitzvah. In this
case, it is our commitment to adjusting our programming and protocols to prioritize public health
and safety for all. We’re following updates from various local government agencies to stay
informed and aligned with current advisories. We understand that circumstances will likely
remain fluid in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
Here are some of the steps that we’re currently taking:
1. Our cleaning crew was instructed to wipe down all door handles with disinfectant
wipes, each and every evening.
2. Although hand sanitizer is in very short supply, a limited quantity was obtained for use
in the office and kitchen.
3. Behavioral Modification posters regarding anti-viral hygiene will be posted
throughout the building.
4. Kosher Café, Café Europa, and Memory Café programs are being modified or
5. Organizations which rent space from Adath: Their meetings are cancelled.
6. Due to the closing of Lawrence Township Public Schools, Religious School will be
closed until after the end of Passover and will resume Sunday, April 19th. Distance
learning options are being explored.
7. Religious Services: No change to schedule, but recommend dispersed seating (see update March 16, 2020)
8. Oneg Shabbat and Kiddush are suspended for the balance of March.
9. Board and Committee meetings: We’ll use virtual meetings (video or call-in) until
10. Other programming such as: MOSAIC events, Torah Fund dinner (postponed), One
Book – One Jewish Community are likely to be postponed. Please check the
11. Bridge Academy: will be asked to wipe down tables and chairs in Social Hall 3 and
the Chapel with disinfectant wipes.
12. Office hours will remain the same, subject to state or federal regulations. If possible,
synagogue business should be conducted by phone or email.
We are grateful for your understanding and continued support during this potentially difficult
time for our nation and our beloved Adath Israel.
Call Adath Israel Office for further information 609-896-4977