We are moving forward with our soft re-opening of our public Shabbat Services on Saturday, May 16th! We are adhering to certain recommended guidelines regarding social distancing and attendance. These guidelines and our Pandemic Re-Entry Plan have been laid out in the document attached here. Please take a look at this to make sure you're prepared for the coming weeks. We are excited to see you all again.
Shalom CBH Family & Friends,
I send warm and hope filled greetings to you and your family. Candyce and I are praying for each of you as you work through your personal response to this international tragedy with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. I’m reminded of the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 91, "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”. As we are faced with circumstances like these, our best response is to dwell with the Lord – to abide with Him and rest in His presence. I pray for the peace of the Lord to rest upon you during this trying and certainly confusing time. Together we can support and pray for one another. Together we can come through this season of adversity triumphant.
It’s my desire to communicate with each of you about our plan at CBH for the near future as it relates to congregational life and activities. I’m sure you’ve been as surprised as I have about the rapidly changing scenarios surrounding the response to the COVID-19 virus. My prayer is that our congregation will come through this trial stronger than ever, and that we will grow as individuals and as a community. May Yeshua be glorified in the midst of all of this. At the present time our plan is to adhere to the state and CDC prescribed limitations regarding group gatherings. We want to take the necessary precautions to keep our families safe and healthy.
It has been requested by state leadership that large gatherings refrain from meeting for the next 8 weeks. It is our intention to adhere to this recommendation. At this time we have placed our next public congregational meeting on May 16. During the upcoming weeks our plan is to provide a livestream service weekly to have worship together and a teaching. This may prove to be a very exciting time for the life of our congregation! I will be sending more info out regarding this new format in the near future.
While most of our kesher groups are smaller than 10 people we are leaving the decision to meet up to the leadership and the groups themselves. It is extremely important that we don’t isolate ourselves from community life completely during this time, but it may be necessary to change the way that we are connecting. Please consider inviting people over to your home during this season. In an effort to maintain social distancing, it has been suggested that meeting outside may help provide a better environment for joining together.
COMMUNICATING WITH COMMUNITY:
We have initially set up regional group texts. Due to a need for higher functionality we may move texting to another platform that will facilitate changes more readily. We’ll keep you posted on that. Let’s stay in communication with each other. Check in on others and chime in here and there. This is going to be a key element for staying in touch. Let’s strengthen our community through texts, phone calls, video calls and small gatherings. We will continue to post important information on the CBH website.
Some have asked along the way, “What is the best way to give during this period?” This is a very thoughtful question. There are two main ways to give – Online and by mail. Approximately 60% of our community currently uses our online giving platform at www.mycbh.org/give . Text-to-give is available as well by texting any dollar amount to #84321. Instructions will be given for first time users. Additionally, you are welcome to send a check or money order to our mailing address located here. Our congregation relies on the tithes and offerings of its members and regular attenders. Please make every effort to continue regular giving during this time. Thank you for your faithfulness.
The Body of Messiah is comprised of strong and resilient people. We will weather this storm together and the light of Yeshua will shine even more brightly through our lives. Let’s stay in contact with each other, support each other, and pray for a quick resolution to this season of unrest during this outbreak of the Coronavirus. Candyce and I are praying for you and your family by name.
All our love,
Rabbi Tim and Rebbetzin Candyce
We care deeply about all aspects of your health, including your physical health and wellness. In response to Govenor Ducey’s declaration of a public health emergency in Arizona, we have prayerfully decided to cancel our community Passover Seder. As of right now, we will NOT be cancelling weekly Shabbat Services, our 15th Anniversary Celebration (April 4th), or our International Shavuot Celebration (May 31st). We will provide you with any necessary updates.
In light of this, here’s what you can do to protect the members of your family and community with love and respect:
WHEN TO STAY HOME:
- If you or a member of your family has been ill – whether that be a runny nose, a fever, or other – in the last 14 days.
- In following with the CDC’s recommendation, if you have travelled anywhere in the last 14 days, please monitor your health and practice social distancing.
- If you or a member of your family is currently feeling ill – sneezing, coughing, runny nose, a cold, etc.
WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP
- If you suspect, for any reason, you may have COVID-19
- You have any of the symptoms listed on the CDC's Website
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze without using your hands (use a tissue)
- Avoid large crowds of 250 or more. This includes sporting events and concerts.
- Do not visit those with compromised immune systems, particularly the elderly, if you feel unwell or have travelled.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY LIFE
- Watch CBH’s YouTube Livestream. Subscribe for notifications when we go live or post a video.
- Set up Online Giving. About 60% of our community currently utilizes our online giving feature. Planning Center Online is a safe and secure way to give from the comfort of your home, computer, or phone. You can set up recurring giving, give via Text, and access your giving history and statements by logging into PCO (you do not need a password, PCO provides you with a secure link via email or phone). Click here to set up online giving.
- Check out CBH's social media platforms for updates, inspiration, and encouragement in your faith.
- If you are well, join a Kesher Group. If you would prefer to practice some social distancing now, our Kesher Groups are a smaller, more intimate setting where physically healthy people are welcome to gather. Again, we are NOT cancelling our Shabbat Services at this time.
- Host a Passover Seder in your home. While we may not be gathering as a community, we highly encourage you to celebrate Passover with loved ones. You can find affordable, CBH-approved Haggadot here.
- Call/text a friend to check-in. Checking in with your mishpacha is of utmost importance at this time. While we do not think you should visit unwell individuals, a simple call, text, or email is a great way to show love to someone who may feel isolated or alone.
- Pray for your community. God is a protector, a physician, and a guide. Pray for the CBH community for health and protection, and pray for us all to have wisdom and discernment.
When we step out of the norm it gives us fresh perspective to engage with renewed sincerity.
This is a crucial moment in our culture where we can choose to focus on what’s really important: our faith in God and connecting with our families. If you have been consumed by the busyness of life, we encourage you to pause, engage the Lord, and reconnect with your loved ones.
We 100% believe that “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power and love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). We will not give into media hype and fear over COVID-19, and we ask that you also choose to view this unique time in history as an opportunity to love your mishpacha and the lost. Let us choose wisdom, grace, and honor even more as the status of COVID-19 continues to unfold.
We love you all dearly. We are praying for you by name and we are asking God for guidance and wisdom as we consider upcoming events and services. Thank you for understanding our hearts to protect the community and for joining us in prayer as we journey down this new road together.
In His Everlasting Love,
Rabbi Tim & Rebbetzin Candyce Hyslip
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Info:
CDC's Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Maricopa County's Website: https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019