COVID-19 Updates

March 30 , 2020

Message from the Orthodox Rabbis of Columbus

Dear Members and Friends,

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus continues to pose a very serious threat around the world. In order to protect the health and safety of our community we feel obligated to affirm the following policies for the upcoming Pesach holiday:

  1. Family and friends should not visit for Pesach.
  2. This includes parents and/or married children.Individuals and families should not travel to other cities for Yom Tov as it would endanger members of our community upon return.
  3. Local guests should not be invited for a Seder or any Yom Tov meal.

Any specific question must be discussed with your physician and rabbi. Anyone who ignores or is lenient regarding the above rules is guilty of putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger.

We recognize the difficulty that these restrictions entail, but by abiding by them we are fulfilling the tremendous mitzva of ensuring our physical well-being and that of others (v’chai bahem and lo ta’amod al dam rei’echa).

May we all merit a happy, healthy and kosher Pesach!


Rabbi David Claman, Congregation Ahavas Sholom
Rabbi Avi Goldstein, Beth Jacob Congregation
Rabbi Howard Zack, Congregation Torah Emet

March 16, 2020

The safety, health, and wellbeing of all community members is a priority for JewishColumbus. Like many of you, we are closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This page has been developed to help our community stay informed and provide the resources needed to make important decisions. As more resources are curated, this page will be continuously updated.

Our team continues to collaborate with our partners at congregations, schools and Jewish agencies to assess the local situation, determine necessary steps in the event of local closures and to plan accordingly for how we can collectively address new developments. We ask all community members to stay alert and informed by reading the important messages you may receive from JewishColumbus and other organizations. For more information, we encourage you to monitor the updates and implement suggested prevention measures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

JewishColumbus is in close contact with our partner agencies, synagogues and rabbis; working together so that we may best prepare to meet the needs of our most vulnerable.
All Columbus Jewish congregations, preschools and day schools, and the JCC are now closed. These measures are in place to protect our community’s safety and wellbeing, and we appreciate your understanding.

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