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COVID-19 Updates:

A Update from the Reopen Task Force
September 1, 2020

We are pleased to announce a limited reopening of services in CBI’s Benstock Family Sanctuary as a result of Pinellas County’s COVID-19 numbers decreasing below the Reopening Task Force’s metrics.

The sanctuary re-opening will be highlighted this weekend by Willow Dantowitz’s bat mitzvah, and seating will be limited to guests of the family.  Future Saturday morning and holiday services will be open to up to 25 congregants with confirmed reservations.  Make your reservation at for high holiday services and at for Saturday morning services.  Additional information will be found on the reservation forms.

Since COVID-19 infections continue to be a serious health issue, precautions such as masks and socially distanced seating will be required, and it is recommended that individuals with health concerns remain home.  All services will continue to be live streamed.

The Reopening Task Force will continue to monitor the COVID situation.  If Pinellas County’s COVID’s numbers exceed our metrics, we will be required to close the sanctuary for services again.

A Message from our Reopening Task Force
August 21, 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections and the infection rate in Pinellas County continue to decrease. As mentioned in the last update, the Reopening Task Force rehearsed the new COVID-19 protocols during last week’s Shabbat service. This Shabbat, we will have another “rehearsal” with a small group of people.

We are pleased to report that as long as Pinellas County COVID-19 numbers remain low, we will commence weekly Saturday morning services in the CBI sanctuary shortly. Although these services will be open to all members, we can allow a maximum of 25 worshippers in order to protect Rabbi, Cantor, and congregants. Reservations will be required. Watch for an email with details and a reservation form.

If there is sufficient interest, morning minyan services in shul will commence soon.

We know that for health and safety reasons most members would rather live stream services from their homes. This will continue. By having services with a minyan in the sanctuary, we are able to add a full Torah service for everyone to enjoy both in the sanctuary and at home.

Many members have inquired about High Holiday Services in our physical building. If Pinellas County COVID-19 numbers stay within CBI’s metrics, we plan to observe High Holiday Services in our Benstock Family Sanctuary as well as virtually. The sanctuary services will be reservation only and limited to 25 worshippers at each day’s service. A reservation form and more details will be emailed in early September.

Interested in prayer at home, but don’t have a Siddur?
The Rabbinical Assembly has made portions of Weekday and Shabbat services available from both our Siddur Sim Shalom as well as their Siddur Lev Shalem - with more coming soon. This copyrighted material is for personal use only.  As these files have Gd's name in them, please print and handle with respect.
Download your prayer book using this link.

Looking for a Hebrew only Siddur? 
The Masorti Movement in Israel has an app for that available for iPhone here.

The Talmud (Ketubot 8b) records the prayer of Reish Lakish:
“Master of the worlds, redeem and save, rescue and deliver Your people, Israel, from the pestilence and from the sword…  and from all types of afflictions that suddenly erupt and come to the world. Before we call You are already responding. Blessed are You, Adonai, Who halts the plague.”

We pray for healing for those who are ill and for health and wellness for us, our communities, and all people.

Sat, October 24 2020 6 Cheshvan 5781