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OZ Notice + Weekly Schedule (Ki Tisa 5780 / Parah)

03/12/2020 04:24:46 PM



Dear OZ family,
We stress the last word on this greeting because we are all indeed a family. Members of even tight-knit families sometimes disagree and especially when the disagreement involves so serious a challenge as the one we face today, we take it very seriously.
Regarding the Corona-Virus, we are precisely following the protocols set up for our area. The Public Schools continue to remain open, and the subways continue to run a block both East and west of OZ. Although there other other area synagogues that have decided to close for Shabbos, our doors will remain open. We don’t see a reason to close the shul while teeming activity continues unabated all around us. If, Chas V’shalom, the city orders a cessation of activity from Public Schools, subways and religious institutions, we will immediately follow suit. In the meantime, the shul will remain open for minyanim only. 
Let us all continue to apply common sense and scrupulous attention to the guidelines we see everywhere about defeating this virus. No food will be served during this time and all shiurim will be cancelled or moved online. If you do not feel even slightly well - do not come to shul. All activity will be limited to tefilla, of which we are in need in abundance.  
Rabbi Allen Schwartz
Dr. Ari Weitzner,  President

Parshat Ki Tisa 5780Parshat Parah

  • Join the OZ WhatsApp Group -
  • Download the OZ App -
  • Contribute to the Celebration Campaign -
  • If you do not feel well, are immunocompromised, over 65 years of age, or have other underlying health issues, stay home and do NOT come to shul - contact your healthcare provider for guidance
  • No food or drink will be served in shul this week, evening classes will not meet
  • Children are recommended to stay home
  • If you have any questions about Halachic Observances during these times, please contact Rabbi Schwartz at
  • The President continues to monitor guidelines by the CDC, local authorities, and communal organizations

Friday, March 13, 2020 | Adar 17

· Shacharit - 6:10a, 6:25a, 7:00a, 8:00a

· 6:43p - Candles

· 6:50p - Mincha/Maariv

Shabbat, March 14, 2020 | Adar 18

Youth Groups NOT meeting

Classes NOT Meeting

Food NOT Served (Kiddush, Seudah Shlishit)

· 7:30a - Hashkama in Bet Medrash (No Shiur)

· 9:15a - Main Shul Shacharit (No Parsha Shiur, No Youth Groups)

· 6:45p - Mincha in Main Shul (Seudah Shlishit at Home)

· 7:05p - Shiur in Main Shul

· 7:45p - Maariv in Main Shul

· 7:52p - Havdalah

Sunday, March 15, 2020 | Adar 19

· Shacharit - 7:00a, 8:00a, 9:00a

· Mincha/Maariv - 6:55p

Monday, March 16, 2020 | Adar 20

· Shacharit - 6:00a, 6:15a, 6:50a, 7:55a

· Mincha/Maariv - 6:55p

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | Adar 21

· Shacharit - 6:10a, 6:25a, 7:00a, 8:00a

· Mincha/Maariv - 6:55p

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | Adar 22

· Shacharit - 6:10a, 6:25a, 7:00a, 8:00a

· Mincha/Maariv - 6:55p

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | Adar 23

· Shacharit - 6:00a, 6:15a, 6:50a, 7:55a

· Mincha/Maariv - 6:55p

Friday, March 20 2020 | Adar 24

· Shacharit - 6:10a, 6:25a, 7:00a, 8:00a

· Mincha/Maariv - 7:00p (Candles 6:51p)

NYC Guidance for People Who May Have an Increased Risk for Severe Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

About Novel Coronavirus

What is a novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are common throughout the world. They cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses like pneumonia. A novel coronavirus is a type of coronavirus that has not been previously seen in humans. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) has been detected in thousands of people worldwide.

How serious is this virus and what are the range of symptoms?

Most people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms. Symptoms can include fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Who is at higher risk for severe illness?

People who are older or may have underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, appear to have a higher risk of severe COVID-19. Children and young adults appear to be less affected.

What You Need to Know to Stay Healthy

What steps can I take to avoid getting COVID-19?

If you think you may have an increased risk for severe COVID-19, take the following steps to prepare and prevent getting infected:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve, not with your hands.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Stop shaking hands when you greet someone. Consider only using an elbow bump when greeting someone.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
  • Encourage your household members and care providers to follow these healthy hygiene tips.
  • Avoid nonessential travel to affected areas. Visit for the latest travel health notices.
  • Make a list of medications you take regularly. Ask your health care provider if you can have a 90-day supply of all necessary medications.
  • If you require home care, ask your provider about plans for what will be done if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community. Plans should include how to provide care without interruptions.
  • Ask your provider if you should have influenza or pneumococcal vaccines.
  • If your primary doctor has an online “patient portal,” become familiar with using it, in case the practice is very busy during an outbreak.
  • Create an emergency contact list.
  • Identify people or social groups who can assist if you need extra help.
  • Consider stocking up on extra food and important household supplies.
  • Take steps to prevent social isolation, in case physical travel is restricted during an outbreak. Consider connecting with others using video chat applications like Skype or FaceTime.

What should I do if I become ill while COVID-19 is in my community?

  • Call your regular health care provider for guidance. Do not go to a clinic or hospital without calling ahead. New York City residents without a healthcare provider or insurance can call NYC Health + Hospitals at 844-NYC-4NYC.
  • Seek medical attention promptly if your illness is worsening (e.g., you develop difficulty breathing). You should still call ahead, so that providers may prepare for your arrival.

Helpful Resources

  • If you are being harassed due to your race, nation of origin or other identities, you can report discrimination or harassment to the NYC Commission on Human Rights by calling 311.
  • If you are experiencing stress or feel anxious, contact NYC Well at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355) or text WELL to 65173. NYC Well is a confidential help line that is staffed 24/7 by trained counselors who can provide brief supportive therapy, crisis counseling, and connections to behavioral health treatment, in more than 200 languages.
  • If you need help with other support services, contact the NYC Department for the Aging’s Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC or 212-244-6469 to speak with an aging specialist.
  • Visit for additional information.
  • Subscribe to Coronavirus updates in NYC by texting "COVID" to 692-692


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