Young Israel presents program on safely reopening shuls

Young Israel presents program on safely reopening shuls

Earlier this month, the National Council of Young Israel presented a Zoom program on how synagogues can reopen safely during the covid-19 pandemic. Representatives of 40 shuls from throughout the United States participated in “Re-Entering with Seichel — Sanitized and Safe.”

Presenters included former NIH researcher, Dr. Daniel Levin, who practices internal medicine and nephrology at Northwell/Glen Cove Hospital on Long Island, and Vicki Ellner, a nurse and patient advocate who is a consultant for healthcare and business entities. Marc Newman of Standard Refrigerators sponsored the program.

Topics included risks and vectors of contagion, necessary precautions and sanitary requirements, and sanitization techniques for air ducts and vents, UV disinfection, filtration, and indoor air purification.

“With a multitude of complex issues to consider as communities explore the feasibility of reopening their shuls, it is critical that rabbis and lay leaders are provided with all of the pertinent information in order to be able to make safe and sound decisions,” Rabbi Binyamin Hammer, NCYI’s director of rabbinic services, said. “If we want to protect congregants from the pandemic within the four walls of our synagogues, taking the time to address topics pertaining to hygiene and discussing measures that should be taken to limit the spread of the virus are part of a prudent approach that we believe should be undertaken under these very challenging circumstances.”

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