Dear Community Members – Updated 3/23/2020

Dear Members

I hope you and your families are well, and that you enjoyed a restful and healthy Shabbos and Sunday.   Below are four items of importance to the NHBZ community.  These items describe:

  1. Use of the St. Louis Mikveh and important related health and travel/traveler advisories.
  2. Closure of the St. Louis Kelim Mikveh (used for immersion of eating utensils and cookware).   For advice on how to proceed given the unavailability of the local Kelim Mikveh, please contact me by email Pepshort613@gmail.com or by phone (314 991-2100 x 1).
  3. An important Vaad Hoeir (of St. Louis) Emergency Survey, &
  4. A kosher catering service in St. Louis that can deliver meals to your door.
I’d also like to inform those who participate in our weekly Monday evening “To the Source” class that tonight’s class will take place, HaShem willing, at its regularly scheduled time of 7:30 P.M.  However, this is the new Zoom (videoconference) link: https://zoom.us/j/295822730

Be well,
Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

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Dear Community Members,

The Mitzvah of Pikuach Nefashos is now available to every single member of our community. By staying home and following the medical recommendations of this Medical Advisory Board, you can literally say that you have saved a life.

We are coordinating with medical experts in infectious disease, public health, epidemiology and other fields to bring you the best and most up to date recommendations to overcome this unprecedented event, the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a brochah that Hashem has given us a few days of lead time to see what is happening in COVID-19 hot spots elsewhere and do all we can to minimize the disease in the St. Louis area. We are all being asked to CHANGE our behavior in significant ways. We talk about inspiration and personal change all the time. Now is the time.

The following are guidelines for use of the community’s Mikvahs. They are approved by the overseers of the Mikvahs, Rabbi Greenblatt and Rabbi Landa. Men may not use the Mikvah at all. For women the following guidelines have been recommended and approved:

If the answer is “Yes” to any of the following four (4) questions, then you will not be able to schedule a mikvah appointment at this time:
  1. Have you traveled outside of the St. Louis area within the past 14 days?

  2. Have you knowingly been exposed (within 6 feet for 5 minutes) to anyone who has traveled from elsewhere to the St. Louis area within the past 14 days?

  3. Have you had any of the following NEW symptoms within the past 14 days: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting?

  4. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or been in quarantine for suspicion of COVID-19 infection?
We understand that these guidelines are broad and restrictive. Best medical advice is that they must be so. The Rabbonim and the doctors recognize that maintaining these guidelines will impact family life and result in great hardship for those who will be unable to access the Mikvah. Couples must maintain separation until Mikvah use resumes, G-d willing, as soon as possible. This situation will be monitored constantly. When testing is more readily available the Board will re-evaluate and update these recommendations.

We are attaching the ABC guidelines again. Please print the ABC page and study it. Make sure your family understands it. Call us with questions. We are here for you. There are many family members and guests from or currently in COVID-19 hot spot areas who have arrived or plan to arrive in St. Louis in the coming days and weeks. There are many unique circumstances. However, every individual traveling to St. Louis from a COVID-19 hot spot must immediately quarantine for no less than 14 days. This includes the entire northern and mid-Atlantic east coast, Israel, Washington state, Chicago, and any other hot spot.

An individual already in quarantine must not travel. Quarantine means restriction of movement and is incompatible with travel. Please see the information previously emailed to you or access one of the websites below to understand all the aspects of quarantine. Call us with your questions. We are all in this together. These ABC guidelines are essential to battling this sekanos nefashos and saving the lives of people that you know.

We understand that our guidelines may in some cases be more restrictive than governmental guidelines. We aim to be reasonably ahead of the curve as we tailor our guidelines to the needs of our specific community.

Please print and distribute all of our material for your families. If you know of individuals or families that have no internet or email access, please get the information to them ASAP. Place it in their mailbox and then call to inform them that it is there.

Thank you again for your effort and sacrifice. May our learning, prayers and actions please Hashem and turn back this pandemic.

COVID-19 St. Louis Jewish Medical Advisory Board,

Dr. Larry Brown
Dr. Mark Friedman
Dr. Daniela Hermelin
Dr. Morey Gardner
Dr. Tessa Gardner
Dr. Craig Reiss
Dr. Yochanan Silverman
Dr. Greg Storch

Informational websites:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/

https://www.jewishchicago.info/

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

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Dear Rabbis,
Please distribute the following text to your communities ASAP.
Thank you.

The COVID-19 St. Louis Medical Advisory Board, with Rabbinic approval, recommends the closure of the community Toiveling Mikvahs effective immediately. The potential for congregation of individuals, contamination of surfaces and transmission of virus is substantial in that setting.

We appreciate the complications this recommendation creates with Pesach coming up and take this step only after significant deliberation. Please contact your Rabbi for alternative options if necessary.

COVID-19 St. Louis Jewish Medical Advisory Board,

Dr. Larry Brown
Dr. Mark Friedman
Dr. Daniela Hermelin
Dr. Morey Gardner
Dr. Tessa Gardner
Dr. Craig Reiss
Dr. Yochanan Silverman
Dr. Greg Storch
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Dear Community Rabbanim and Leaders,

The Vaad Hoeir of St Louis was asked by Agudas Yisroel of America to join their COVID-19 National Task Force on behalf of the STL Kehilla. A starting point is to gather data about our needs during these trying times.  This is an opportunity for us in St. Louis to utilize the resources of the Agudas Yisroel of America for the benefit of our community.

In order to properly gauge the needs of our community and provide the necessary assistance, please share the following link: https://forms.gle/Q4XyWAHrgCVdGoHw7  with your Shul list as soon as possible so that we can start the process and make proper arrangements.

Thank you,
Rabbi Zvi Zuravin
Rabbi Yitzchak Kowalsky
Mr. Alan Kandel
Mrs. Pnina Glassman
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From our own Robin Rickerman

613 Catering (meals prepared by Chef Jon Rubin) will provide hot, kosher, VAAD approved,  meals for pick up at the ADULT DAYCARE CENTER or, if you live in the Olivette, University City or Creve Coeur area (east of 270), we can deliver the delicious meals to your door!

Meals feed 4 people and cost $50.00.(+ $10.00 delivery fee if applicable)

To place an order, Please call Robin Rickerman at 314-442-3275 or cell 314-808-7626.

Please do not leave the order on voicemail. Robin will return the call.

Wednesday, March 25
Lasagna
Caesar Salad
Green Beans
Garlic Bread Cookies
(order by noon on Tuesday, March 24 for delivery between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday)

Friday, March 27
24 oz sliced brisket OR whole roasted Chicken
Matzo Ball Chicken Soup
Potato Kugel
Asian Stir Fry
Challah rolls
Dessert
(order by noon on Thursday, March 26 for delivery between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday)

FIRST CALL, FIRST SERVE. Limited Quantities available.
NO SUBSTITUTIONS. Pick up is between 3-4p.m. a  the  Adult Daycare Center entrance on the north side of the J.
Take Willow Village Way, west of the Fitness and Wellness building, te the ECC?ADC parking lot next to the pool.
For pick ups-  call Robins cell 314-808-7626, we will bring to your car upon arrival.
For deliveries- we will call you when we drop off at your door.

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