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Covid-19 Safety

Living With Covid at NNLS – Update

With the current spike in cases, we are aware that a good number of members have recently got Covid. We wish everyone affected a refuah sh’lemah, a speedy recovery.
 
We would reiterate that anyone who is feeling even a little bit unwell refrains from coming to Shul, and we encourage anyone who feels comfortable wearing a mask to do so. We are continuing to be vigilant about good ventilation in our prayer spaces, balanced of course with air cooling to manage the current heatwave. And, in each of the main services, there will be some chairs in the rows closer to windows that are more spaced out.
 
Bruce Rigal and Nicki Tiefenbrun, Joint Chairs
15 July 2022
 

We are a diverse community, and we are committed to honouring the needs of everyone who calls NNLS home, recognising that a return to pre-Covid norms is not comfortable for all. We seek to enable a welcoming environment at NNLS for as many people as possible. 
 
From Friday 18th March:
  • We will no longer expect masks to be worn for services and events at NNLS. Out of concern for others, we suggest people who feel equally comfortable doing so, continue to wear masks.
  • Seating will move towards fuller capacities and side-by-side chairs. We will ensure some chairs, especially near open windows, are spaced further out in all services.
  • In addition, a box of ‘Please keep this seat free’ cards will be available in the lobby for those who wish to keep increased social distancing in place when seated.
  • Enhanced ventilation will remain in place across all spaces.
  • We will continue to encourage less crowding around tables at kiddush by providing plates on which to take food to more spacious areas of the room.
  • We request that you stay home if you have tested positive or are unwell.
Thank you for your efforts in keeping our community safe over the last two years, and we continue to ask for your understanding as we move into this new era of living-with-Covid. All measures will be kept under review.  

Our Values

The world is different – but our values are the same, only more important than ever.

They’re inscribed on the wall of our Synagogue and translate into ‘virtual’ as follows:

Love your God:
we’re here to deepen our spirit together in prayer, learning and resilience.

Love your neighbour:
we’re here to help each other, practically, emotionally, spiritually.

Love the stranger:
we’re here for our whole society, including those neglected or forgotten.

Refa’einu – Heal us, God

We pray for everyone who is ill, for everyone looking after them and for all who keep our health services and society functioning with great dedication in these harsh times.

Prayer for public health and safety

 
Mi Sheberakh Imoteinu Sarah, Rivka, Rachel v'Leah,
Ve’Avoteinu Avraham, Yitzhak, v'Yaakov,
Hu yevarekh viyechazek otanu, veyaggein aleinu,
al kehiloteinu ve’al artseinu,
veyatsileinu vechol yoshvei tevel
mimagefah umikol pega ra.
 
Hu yishmor al kol ha’oskim betsorkei tsibbur be’emunah,
veyishlach refuah lechol hacholim
 
God, who blessed our ancestors Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah,
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, bless us and give us strength and resilience.
 
Shield us, our communities, our country, and all the inhabitants of the world from plague and disaster.
 
Protect everyone working for the good of the community, especially those engaged in medical care, in public health and in providing for our basic needs
in hygiene, food and safety.
 
God, send healing to everyone who is ill. Help us to care for each other with sensitivity and kindness. Guide us in supporting everyone who is worried
about vulnerable family and friends across the globe.
 
God, be with us and sustain our spirit, as it says in Your name in the Psalms
Immo anochi betsarah,
I am with you in your troubles
Venomar
and let us say: Amen

How to Join a Zoom Meeting

As our community activities, weekday services, learning and other forms of connecting move online, we will be using the online conference platform Zoom more and more. If you need help understanding how it works, click here for a video tutorial and links to download the Zoom app. We recommend that you keep your software up to date and make sure that you update your Zoom software when new updates are released.

If you need additional technical help: Coffee & Computers is a community initiative that helps newcomers to computers, tablets and smartphones  to cope with the challenges in today’s tech-driven society and to take advantage of the life-enhancing opportunities afforded by new technologies. Coffee & Computers community-based sessions are free and run by volunteers. Their approach is informal, sociable and focused on clients’ individual needs. Personal coaching enables clients to speedily achieve their specific goals.

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