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Temple Sinai cancelling in-person classes, events, meetings, and programs. Shabbat services will be live streamed.
March 16, 1 PM

Dear Friends,

As it becomes more and more clear that social distancing is critical to limiting the impact of COVID-19, your Board, clergy, and senior leadership have made the following difficult decisions. We feel strongly that we have the social responsibility to do our part to “flatten the curve” in order to protect public health.

Effective today, and continuing through the end of March, there will not be any in-person classes, events, meetings, or programs at Temple Sinai. We will monitor the situation hourly and respond as necessary to do our part to help contain COVID-19.

Specifically, this means:

  • Shabbat services, both Friday night and Saturday morning, will be streamed only. Click here for the link to live streaming. Tot Shabbat on March 20 will also be live streamed from 5:30-6 PM.
  • Committee meetings, programs, and Choir and Band rehearsals will either take place using Zoom (an online video conferencing service) where possible, rescheduled, or cancelled.
  • NextDOR and Hebrew School will be closed through the end of March. Please contact Debbie Haber,, for more information
  • Some classes will move to an online format instead of being rescheduled. You will be contacted by the instructor with details.
  • The synagogue office will be open Monday–Thursday from 9 AM–5 PM, and Friday from 9 AM–3 PM. When possible, please do not visit in person, but call with any questions or concerns. Although some staff will be working from home, we will do our absolute best to answer your questions and provide the resources you need. 
  • Cantor Berman will be in touch with families with scheduled Bar/Bat Mitzvah to discuss pending services and tutoring.

Even as we may not see each other as often in person, we are deeply committed to meeting your spiritual needs in other ways. You will be hearing more about our efforts in the coming days.

We are more committed than ever to addressing the loneliness and isolation that some members may feel at this time. If you are aware of someone who could use a reach out, please let us know. Of course, should one of your loved ones become ill, please let us know so we can provide support.

Questions? Contact Executive Director Drew Barkley at or (412) 421-9715 ext. 111.


  • Please stay home when you’re not feeling well or have come into contact with someone who is sick. Enjoy our Shabbat Evening Service live streamed online.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Click for the CDC's recommendations for proper hand washing.
  • Cover your coughs with a tissue, dispose of the tissue, and then wash your hands.
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick. It's not necessary if you are not sick unless you are caring for someone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your face—especially your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Again, wash your hands frequently with soap and water. This can’t be repeated too often. It is the most recommended step to avoid spreading germs.

For more information about the Coronavirus go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

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