Rabbi David Paskin
A New Year, A New Beginning
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From Rabbi David
A new year means new beginnings, new hope, and new growth. We adults often need reminders like the High Holy Days that teach us that every moment has the capacity to be a moment of newness. Our children know this intrinsically and naturally celebrate the wonder of each day.
When we hear that Shofar blast it should awaken our inner child and call us to embrace our own potential for becoming. Then we will know the true power of teshuvah - returning: Not becoming something else, but returning to ourselves.
I want to remind all of us, as we pray that this year will be one of health, safety, and happiness that we bear responsibility for that health and safety. Please review our "Travel and Gathering" policies as you celebrate the New Year with your family and friends.
Travel and Gathering
If you chose to gather with others outside of your immediate household and/or travel, please remember that both gathering with others and traveling increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
You can get COVID-19 during your travels or when gathering with friends and family. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others. You and your gathering/travel companions (including children) may spread COVID-19 to other people including your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus (CDC, 2020).
With this in mind, the following policy remains in effect for all members of the Gan Sinai community:
Any air, train, or bus travel will require a minimum 7 day quarantine period before your child can return to Gan Sinai
If someone in your household travels by air, train, or bus, we ask that you get your family tested (PCR) before returning to school
If you plan on spending time with loved ones or friends who are not a part of your immediate household or if you are around a large group of people (Disney, etc.) and social distancing measures and masks are not followed/worn, you will also be required to quarantine for 7 days after your return, regardless of your mode of travel.
We will count on your honesty about gatherings and travel in order to keep our community, our children, and our teachers safe.