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Important Joint Rabbinic Statement on Minyanim in Denver

05/06/2020 07:14:58 AM

May6

11 Iyar 5780 / May 5, 2020

Dear Friends,

We hope and trust that this letter finds you and your family in good health.

This follows our previous letter dated April 17, 2020 in which we reiterated that in order for this terrible disease to continue to plateau and start reversing, we must absolutely refrain from inviting any guests and also strictly abide to all distancing guidelines. Bear this in mind when encountering an acquaintance on the street, and please be sure to be diligent in assuring that no group congregates on the sidewalk to socialize.

After continued discussion with medical authorities and our governmental officials, we have collectively chosen to keep our Shuls closed even for a Minyan limited to just ten people. We feel that this measure continues to be a Pikuach Nefesh (life-threatening) concern of a most crucial nature and we remain adamant at this time that the formation of Minyanim of any nature would undermine the seriousness regarding the social distancing which we must continue to maintain.

With our earnest blessing for good health for you, your families and for all the Jewish people, and with our heartfelt prayer that we all soon experience the final redemption, we remain,

COALITION OF ORTHODOX SYNAGOGUE RABBIS OF DENVER

RABBI DAVID ARAYEV, OHR AVNER
RABBI YISROEL ENGEL, BAIS MENACHEM
RABBI JOSEPH FRIEDMAN, DAT MINYAN (non-member)
RABBI AVROHOM JACOBS, KEHILLAS BAIS YISROEL
RABBI YAAKOV MEYER, AISH OF THE ROCKIES
RABBI DANIEL RAPP, EAST DENVER ORTHODOX SYNAGOGUE
RABBI TZVI STEINBERG, CONGREGATION ZERA ABRAHAM

Sun, November 29 2020 13 Kislev 5781